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Cariboo District naturalizations index

  • GR-0006
  • Series
  • 1906-1914

The series consists of a naturalization index for the Cariboo District from December 1906 to June 1914, created under the Naturalization Act (RSC, 1906, Cap. 77). The entries in the index are by name and are arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Cariboo District naturalizations index

  • GR-0007
  • Series
  • 1914-1929, 1934-1955

The series consists of naturalization indexes arranged chronologically and alphabetically and created under the Naturalization Act (RSC, 1906, Cap. 77).. The first index covers the Cariboo District for June 1914 to September 1929 and the second volume covers the period 1934 to 1955.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Cariboo Government Agent correspondence and other material

  • GR-0216
  • Series
  • 1860-1938

The series consists of records created by the Government Agent and the Gold Commissioner of the Cariboo District, between 1860 and 1938. It includes correspondence inward and outward; court, mining, land, financial and administrative records.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Cariboo)

Kamloops Government Agent land records

  • GR-0522
  • Series
  • 1877-1977

The series consists of the business records, 1877-1977, of the office of the Kamloops Government Agent, including the records of several additional positions usually held by the same individual: Gold Commissioner, Mining Recorder, and Land Commissioner for the Kamloops Land District. The series also includes records of the Canadian Department of the Interior; most created and received by the Dominion Lands Agent at Kamloops as part of the administration of the Railway Belt.

Record types and subject matter include, but are not limited to the following: land alienation through pre-emption or purchase from the provincial government and homesteading or purchase from the federal government; a variety of leases of Crown land; other more general types of records; and records regarding Indigenous peoples and Indian Reserves.

Records related to land alienation include: applications for pre-emption records; land classification reports; forms completed by land inspectors of the Department of Lands Inspection Branch; declarations of occupation and permanent improvement on pre-emption claims; applications for homestead entry, cancellation, and abandonment; homestead Inspector’s reports; affidavits in support of an Application for Entry for a homestead, pre-emption or purchased homestead; land sales records including applications to purchase and certificates of purchase.

Records related to a variety of leases and other uses of Crown lands include: grazing leases; foreshore leases; dredging leases; indentures to reassign leases; special use permits; timber permits; water records including conditional water licenses, and permanent water licenses; applications for irrigation schemes; petroleum and natural gas leases; quarry leases; bar leases; coal leases; mining leases regarding surface and subsurface rights; applications for lease of crown-granted mineral claims; applications for placer leases under the Placer-Mining Act; and the lapse of a lease or forfeiture of a mineral claim to the Crown.

Other more general types of records include: correspondence regarding Crown grants; inquiries about land availability; surveyor’s reports; preliminary plans and correspondence for the surveys of townships; Soldier Settlement Board records including forms, correspondence and records of soldier land grants; attestation papers and discharge certificates; naturalization papers; personal correspondence; correspondence files on specific topics such as hay permit regulations or precipitation measurements; records regarding taxes; and business records of the office, including inter-department correspondence, circulars, and memorandum related to matters of land administration.

Files also exist for specific Indian Reserves, and can include correspondence; water records; surveys; and inspection reports created in the process of allotting new, and canceling existing Indian Reserves. Some files document instances of overlapping land use and conflict between settlers and Indigenous peoples on specific parcels of land.

Files are generally either correspondence files on a particular subject, or a variety of records related to a particular piece of land. Many files cover a wide time period and may be associated with multiple individuals or companies as land rights were often transferred to others or cancelled and reapplied for. Only the name of the first and last individual listed on the file is included in the file list. This means there may be additional names associated with files not included on the file list. The file list may also only include part of the legal description of land in cases where the description was exceptionally long, or included many different pieces of land. Single individuals may also have multiple files for each piece of land they are associated with.

Cartographic materials, consisting of blueprints and hand-drawn maps or plans, indicating the parcels of land relevant to the file, are commonly found throughout the records.

No file list or indexes were transferred with these records from the Kamloops Government Agent. Most files only included numbers with no clear names, so titles were created by the archives based on the contents of the files or by transcribing information on relevant file backs.

A fire on 17 September 1893 at the Dominion Lands Office in Kamloops destroyed some files. The contents for these files are marked [empty]. Files marked as [file back only] were likely destroyed in the fire, but then had their titles and some additional information transcribed by Lands employees onto file backs from letter books or other surviving records which were not transferred with these records.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Kamloops)

Record of naturalization and other material

  • GR-0588
  • Series
  • 1872-1913

This series consists of 8 volumes of birth, marriage, death and naturalization records from the Department of the Provincial Secretary from 1872-1913 for various parts of the province. The volumes are:
Vol. 1 - Record of naturalization, Lillooet, B.C. (1913)
Vol. 2 - marriage register, Yale, B.C. (1911)
Vol. 3 - index to register of births, Hope, B.C. (n.d.)
Vol. 4 - index to register of marriages (1872-1886)
Vol. 5 - index to register of deaths (1872-1877)
Vol. 6 - marriage register, Cariboo district (1874-1905)
Vol. 7 - birth register (1913)
Vol. 8 - death register (1913)

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Naturalization records

  • GR-1565
  • Series
  • 1888-1917

This series contains naturalization records which include correspondence, certificates, lists of naturalizations and Oaths of Residence from the Victoria Court Registry. File 2 shows numbers of naturalizations from many British Columbia Court registries, 1893-1899.

British Columbia. County Court (Victoria)

Kamloops County Court plaint and procedure books

  • GR-1652
  • Series
  • 1886-1954

Plaint and procedure books, 1886-1890; 1895-1950; 1952-1954 (indexed). Volume 3 contains naturalization records 1895-1916 and plaint and procedures for criminal cases, 1895-1913.

British Columbia. County Court (Kamloops)

Naturalization record book

  • GR-1800
  • Series
  • 1919-1948

Naturalization record book.

British Columbia. County Court (Williams Lake)

Naturalization index

  • GR-1803
  • Series
  • 1897-1924

Naturalization index, County Court (Cranbrook).

British Columbia. County Court (Cranbrook)

Victoria County Court naturalization records

  • GR-1865
  • Series
  • 1859-1963

Naturalization records, 1859-1963. Vol. 1 also includes the 1862 Constitution of the Congregation Emanuel of Victoria, V.I. with signatories and lists of Victoria firefighters, 1861-1862.

Same series as GR-1565. Related series to GR-1554.

British Columbia. County Court (Victoria)

Register of certificates granted under Naturalization Act

  • GR-1930
  • Series
  • 1894-1914

Register of certificates granted under Naturalization Act; name, place of residence (including Alexandria, Ashcroft, Barkerville, Cache Creek, Fort Fraser, Fort George, Gladwin, Harper's Camp, Horsefly, Hydraulic, Lac La Hache, Lillooet, Lytton, Mapes, Merritt, North Bend, 150 Mile House, Quesnelle, Spatsum, Spences Bridge, Springhouse, Walhachin), nationality and the date of issue of the certificate are shown.

British Columbia. County Court (Ashcroft)

Plaint and procedure books

  • GR-2129
  • Series
  • 1950-1977

The series consists of plaint and procedure books created between 1876 and 1881, and 1885 to 1977. Volumes until 1955 are partly indexed, and volumes between 1955 and 1965 contain indexes slipped in the front of the volume. Volumes created between 1966 and 1977 do not include indexes. Indexes for the years 1974 to 1977 can be found in GR-3612. For 1882-1884 see GR-1727. Naturalization lists for 1892-1900.

British Columbia. County Court (Nanaimo)

Chilliwack County Court plaint and procedure books

  • GR-2131
  • Series
  • 1913-1977

Plaint and procedure books, 1898-1977; Small Debts Court cause book, 1903-1907; list of naturalizations, 1913; and list of probates, 1913. Indexes included for some volumes.

Plaint and procedure books contain primarily civil cases. The volume covering 1970-1977 contains primarily criminal cases, including appeals and cases under the Speedy Trials Act.

British Columbia. County Court (Chilliwack)

Plaint and procedure books

  • GR-2139
  • Series
  • 1897-1958

Plaint and procedure books, 1897-1958. Volume I includes a naturalization list, 1900-1914 (p. 187-203) and Small Debts Court cause book, 1944 (p. 74). Volume 2 includes County Court sessions at Hedley, 1910-1913.

British Columbia. County Court (Princeton)

Naturalization case files

  • GR-2166
  • Series
  • 1925-1968

Naturalization case files.

The records are available on 2 microfilm reels. The reels have the following records on each reel:

B16960 1925 - 1947 B16961 1948 - 1968

British Columbia. County Court (Princeton)

Naturalization indexes

  • GR-2183
  • Series
  • 1890-1944

Naturalization indexes. These are indexes to the case files in GR-2416. The first 6 pages of volume one are a bench book for Supreme Court criminal cases (no date).

British Columbia. County Court (Revelstoke)

Fernie County Court civil case files

  • GR-2224
  • Series
  • 1903-1949

Civil case files. This collection includes appeals and naturalizations. Use plaint and procedure books (GR-2137) to obtain file numbers for these case files.

British Columbia. County Court (Fernie)

Naturalization records

  • GR-2279
  • Series
  • 1883-1913

Naturalization records. Records from 1883-1890, 1903, 1911 consist of the Oath of Residence and Naturalization Certificate; those from 1911-1913 consist of notices of the intention to apply for naturalization at the next sitting of the Nanaimo County Court.

British Columbia. County Court (Nanaimo)

Naturalization case files

  • GR-2348
  • Series
  • 1914-1959

Naturalization case files (1914-1959), plus three files of correspondence regarding naturalization applications (1944-1958) and one file of correspondence, circulars, regulations, forms, fee schedules, etc. from the federal government (1948-1955).

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

List of naturalizations

  • GR-2357
  • Series
  • 1900

List of naturalizations, March 5, 1900.

British Columbia. County Court (Nelson)

Naturalization register

  • GR-2367
  • Series
  • 1920-1939

Naturalization register showing the certificate number.

British Columbia. County Court (Chilliwack)

Naturalization case files

  • GR-2416
  • Series
  • 1890-1919

Naturalizations. These case files are indexed in GR-2183.

British Columbia. County Court (Revelstoke)

Naturalization index

  • GR-2442
  • Series
  • 1915-1977

Naturalization index.

British Columbia. County Court (Fernie)

Naturalization records

  • GR-2443
  • Series
  • 1915-1940

Naturalizations under the Naturalization Act. Returns made to the Secretary of State, Ottawa.

British Columbia. County Court (Fernie)

Naturalization files

  • GR-2712
  • Series
  • 1911-1912

Naturalization files Nos. 2-83 from 1912 which contain certificates and the Oath of Residence on one files of naturalization applications from December 1911 to October 1912.

British Columbia. County Court (Golden)

Naturalization index

  • GR-2728
  • Series
  • 1944-1954

Naturalization index.

British Columbia. County Court (Kelowna)

Naturalization files

  • GR-2762
  • Series
  • 1931, 1946-1947

County Court naturalization files.

British Columbia. County Court (Smithers)

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