Township records

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Township records

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  • 1759-[ca. 1847] (Creation)

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  • 3.5 m of textual records
  • 1 microfilm reel
  • 4 maps

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Series forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands fonds and consists of records relating to the establishment and settlement of townships in Nova Scotia, as well as some areas in New Brunswick. Series includes sixty-eight township grants with lists of grantees, proprietors, settlers, and lots. Series also includes drafts of grants, surveyors' reports, minutes of meetings of proprietors in Newport, warrants, memorials and petitions, and four township maps indicating lot allocations. Until about 1717, land grants were given in the form of townships or locations, generally issued under the proprietorship of a prominent person or persons responsible for settlement of the area. Those listed as grantees were persons whom the proprietors were able to line up as prospective settlers.

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Microfilm made in 1962.


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Originals held by the Crown Lands Records Centre, N.S. Dept. of Natural Resources.

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RG 1, Vols. 359-362 and 373. Use microfilm reels 15428-15430, 15434; RG 20, Series 'A', (O/S 192-259 and 542); Microfilm reel 13157; Map F239 and HG 2.

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A guide for exploring the early township records held at the Nova Scotia Archives is available on our website

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