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Ashcroft and Nicola tax records

  • GR-4166
  • Series
  • 1900-1952

This series consists of land and mineral tax records related to the Nicola, Merritt and Ashcroft area from 1900-1952. The records were likely created by the Government Agents working in those locations, who acted as Tax Assessors and Collectors.. There is also one record of water rights for the Nicola and Yale area and one register of water licence applications. The majority of records relate to the sale of mineral claims or land as a result of the failure to pay taxes.

Records include tax sale deeds of land, various tax sale of land forms, tax sale certificates, redemption receipts, tax sale papers, and some correspondence. There are also related tax related records from the Court of Appeal and Court of Revision. These record the appellant, date, description of property, reason for appeal, evidence heard and decision.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Nicola)

Annual return of the Middlesboro Colliery, Nicola Valley Coal and Coke Company

  • GR-1102
  • Series
  • 1910

Series contains an annual return (1 page) pursuant to the Coal Mines Regulation Act of the Middlesboro Colliery, Nicola Valley Coal and Coke Company. Shows number of persons employed, methods of ventilation and extraction, depth of shafts, and total quantities of fresh air.

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines

Merritt bylaws

  • GR-0313
  • Series
  • 1911-1957

This series consists of by-laws from the City of Merritt from 1911-1957. By-laws number 3-346 and are certified copies which were deposited in the Merritt Court Registry. Please note that some numbers may be missing from this series.

City of Merritt, B.C.

Merritt Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-3004
  • Series
  • 1911-2002

The series consists of probate files created by the Supreme and County Courts in Merritt from 1911-2002. Many of the earlier files were created and managed by County Court in Merritt, while later files were created in the Supreme Court. Probate files often contain copies of the individual's will and were created during the course of administering the deceased's estate. Files are primarily arranged by file number which are assigned in the order probates are filed with the court. Note that different filing systems were used over time.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Merritt)

Merritt County Court plaint and procedure books and case record cards

  • GR-3497
  • Series
  • 1912-1961, 1977-1986

The series consists of original plaint and procedure books (1912-1961) and case record cards (1977-1986) from the Merritt County Court registry. The records relate to a variety of civil matters and can include the names of the parties and their solicitors, dates of proceedings, and reference numbers for locating orders and judgements. Case cards may also include an estimated number of trial days, as well as whether or not the trial was by jury.

The records are arranged by case number. Indexes are available for all plaint and procedure books except for volume 1 of box 1 (cases 1/1912 to 74/1914). A nominal file list is available for the case records cards; see available finding aid. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 53200-20.

British Columbia. County Court (Merritt)

Merritt County Court naturalization index

  • GR-3496
  • Series
  • 1913-1973

The series consists of one volume of a naturalization index maintained by the Merritt County Court for 1913 to 1973. Typical entries include name, address, occupation and nationality of applicant, as well as the date the application was filed, the date of the applicant's hearing, whether the application was approved or rejected, whether or not citizenship papers had been mailed out, the citizenship certificate number, and any additional remarks. Naturalization is the process through which immigrants acquire Canadian citizenship.

Entries are arranged alphabetically by surname. The series is covered by Court Services ORCS 53200-20.

British Columbia. County Court (Merritt)

Merritt County Court grants of letters of administration

  • GR-3588
  • Series
  • 1913-1978

The series consists of grants of letters of administration created by the County Court of Merritt, and County Court of Yale holden at Merritt between 1913 and 1978. Typical records include the name of the deceased and the date and place of death, as well as the name of the appointed administrator and their relationship to the deceased.

Some volumes may include letters of administration by the Official Administrator, wills annexed or succession duty forms annexed.

British Columbia. County Court (Merritt)

Merritt County Court grants of letters probate

  • GR-3806
  • Series
  • 1916-1974

The series consists of volumes of grants of letters probate created in both the County Court of Merritt and the County Court of Yale between 1916 and 1974. Records typically include the name of the execut-or/rix and to whom administration of the estate was granted, and are similar in content and form to grants of letters of administration. The granting of letters probate represents one step in probating the estate of a deceased individual, and grants authority to the executor or executrix to proceed with administering the estate.

The majority of the records were filled out on Court forms 161 and 162. Some letters in volumes 1 and 2 have Succession Duty papers attached. Volume 2 includes some copies of wills annexed. The records are arranged chronologically by grant date and are not indexed.

British Columbia. County Court (Merritt)

Merritt Supreme Court grants of letters probate

  • GR-3805
  • Series
  • 1921-1991

The series consists of grants of letters probate issued by the Merritt Supreme Court between 1921 and 1991. The grants were issued on “Form A.” A typical record shows when and where an individual died, and to whom the letters probate were granted. The granting of letters probate represents one step in probating the estate of a deceased individual, and grants authority to the executor or executrix to proceed with administering the estate. The first volume uses a slightly different form, and includes Form No. 9 and copies of some wills.

None of the volumes include indexes and several different file numbering systems are used over time. The records are arranged chronologically and list the probate number at the top of most records. Researchers can either use this number, or the name of the deceased individual, to search in GR-3004 for the actual probate file.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Merritt)

Merritt Supreme Court civil cause book and case record cards

  • GR-3517
  • Series
  • 1921-1986

The series consists of one cause book dating from 1921 to 1970 and case cards dating from 1977 to 1986. The cause book includes a nominal index inserted in the front cover which covers cases from approximately 1941 to 1970. Both the cause book and case cards typically include the names of plaintiff, defendant and their solicitors, the case number, the date of the case, and details of proceedings.

Records are arranged by case number.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Merritt)

Merritt Supreme Court grants of letters of administration

  • GR-3589
  • Series
  • 1922-1981

The series consists of grants of letters of administration created by the Supreme Court of Merritt between 1922-1981. Typical records include the name of the deceased and the date and place of death, as well as the name of the appointed administrator and their relationship to the deceased.

One volume includes letters of administration by the Official Administrator for the Electoral District of Yale, Merritt court registry.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Merritt)

Vernon bankruptcy minute books

  • GR-1886
  • Series
  • 1923-1956

Bankruptcy minute books of meetings of creditors held in Vernon, Kelowna, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Merritt and Penticton, 1923-1956.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vernon)

Crime reports

  • GR-3598
  • Series
  • 1932-1944

The series consists of a letterbook containing crime reports produced or collected by Sergeant John William Hooker during the course of his duties as a British Columbia Provincial Police (BCPP) officer while posted to Coquitlam, Grand Forks, Nelson, Smithers, Prince George, Clinton, Ashcroft, Spence’s Bridge, Merritt, and Kamloops between 1932 and 1944. The records cover a variety of crimes and social issues—particularly in small, rural communities. In addition to generic social issues, the records from Grand Forks (file 3) relate primarily to Doukhobors, and include reports on the settlement of Gilpin.

The majority of the reports were produced by Hooker. Some supplemental records (copies), such as an inquest, inward correspondence in relation to particular cases, and a reason for judgement are interfiled with the crime reports.

The records are arranged chronologically and by detachment location. The records do not capture all crime reports filed in a particular district, but were likely selected by Hooker. Some of these files have been labeled in pencil “Personal file.” The records consist primarily of crime reports on standard BCPP letterhead. Each report contains the district, detachment, and the date, as well as an overview of the case and persons involved.

Some of these records may also be available in GR-1388: Correspondence and other material created by the British Columbia Provincial Police Force of the Yale district. John William Hooker's personnel card, which provides details of the service of constables, including marital status, date of first appointment, station, and various postings, can be found in GR-0091, vol. 30-31.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Merritt Supreme and County Court civil orders and judgements

  • GR-4191
  • Series
  • 1951-2000

The series consists of original civil orders and judgements created between 1951 and 2000 by the Merritt Supreme Court and County Court registries. Orders are the formal expression of the ruling of the court and judgements are the final orders issued in a case. Records relate to a variety of civil matters including divorces, probates, foreclosures, and some adoptions.

Records are arranged by volume and folio number as assigned by the court registry. Orders and judgements are interfiled. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51400-25.

British Columbia. County Court (Merritt)

Merritt Forest District timber tenures

  • GR-4109
  • Series
  • 1958-1985

This series consists of various timber tenures created by the Merritt Forest District and its predecessors from 1958-1985. Tenures include timber sale licences (TSL), timber sale harvesting licences (TSHL), forest licences (FL) and their associated cutting permits (CP).

Records may regard the issuance, evaluation, administration, monitoring, planning, replacement, cancellation, deletion and extension of these timber tenures. The files may consist of applications, ministry approvals, copies of the permit or licence, revisions, correspondence, legal documents, annual reports, operations information, development plans, charts, procedures, audits, reviews, and maps.

The ministries responsible for creating these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Dept. of Lands and Forests (1955-1962)
Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water (1962-1975)
Dept. of Forests (1975-1976 )
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)

British Columbia. Merritt Forest District

Adult community case files

  • GR-2972
  • Series
  • 1964-1972

A sample of adult community case files. These are case files opened by a probation officer for adult offenders who are completing their sentences or dispositions in the community. The file documents diversion, parole and probation (6 files).

British Columbia. Corrections Branch. Probation and Family Court Services (Merritt)

Youth community case files

  • GR-2973
  • Series
  • 1970-1971

A sample of youth community case files. These are case files opened by a probation officer (youth worker) for young offenders (between the ages of 12 and 17 years) who are completing their dispositions in the community. The file documents the supervision of a sentenced young offender on terminal temporary absence, probation or diversion. (2 files).

British Columbia. Corrections Branch. Probation and Family Court Services (Merritt)

Merritt Supreme Court divorce case record cards

  • GR-4127
  • Series
  • 1978-1986

The series consists of case record cards for divorces in the Merritt Supreme Court between 1978 and 1986. The case cards can be used to find a court order entry date, which may be used to locate a copy of the final divorce order. Case record cards often provide the only remaining evidence of a case if it was abandoned or dismissed and no order was issued.

Case record cards are arranged by case number. They were used by the courts from approximately the mid 1970s until the courts turned to digital systems in the 1990s. Case card entries typically include the date of filing, the date and place of marriage, the names of the parties and their solicitors, and an account of the case proceedings. They were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 53200-20.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Merritt)

Merritt Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4137
  • Series
  • 1986-1998

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 1998 in the Merritt Supreme Court registry.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found by using the index associated with GR-3004. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Merritt)