Series BS 5 - (Canada) Homestead Fiats for Patent series

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(Canada) Homestead Fiats for Patent series

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  • Textual record

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BS 5

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  • 1882-1931 (Creation)
    Canada. Office of the Registrar General of Canada
  • 1882-1931 (Creation)
    Canada. Lands Patent Branch

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Physical description

38.600m of textual records

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Biographical history

The Registrar General was established in 1868 under the Department of the Secretary of State of Canada, which was the precursor to the federal Department of the Interior. It kept the Great Seal of Canada, the Privy Seal of the Governor General, the Seal of the Administrator of Canada, and the Seal of the Registrar General of Canada, and registered all documents that might require the Great Seal or federal Crown registration. Until 1881 the Registrar General's duties included the maintenance of records produced in the land patenting process and the processing of land applications from institutions. This duty was then handed to the Department of the Interior's Lands Patent Branch. In 1883 all lands patent duties that fell under the auspices of the Dominion Lands Act (1872) were transferred from the Registrar General to the Lands Patent Branch. In 1966 the Registrar General became the Department of the Registrar General, a short-lived autonomous government department.

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Biographical history

The Lands Patent Branch was originally established in 1881 to maintain the records produced in the land patenting process and to process land applications from institutions. It was originally administered from a central office in Ottawa, but an office was later opened in Winnipeg and local field staff assumed many of the lands patent duties. In 1883, the Lands Patent Branch took over the full functions of a land registry office in relation to federally-controlled western lands. Previously, many of these duties had been administered by the Office of the Registrar General of Canada, part of the Department of the Secretary of State of Canada. In 1928, the name of the agency was changed to Lands Patent Division. In 1930, the Lands Patent Division was dissolved when the provinces took over the responsibility for all unconveyed lands.

Custodial history

The records were originally transferred from the Department of the Interior (Canada) to the Saskatchewan Department of Natural Resources in 1930. The records were eventually transferred into the possession of the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture and Food. The Department of Agriculture and Food transferred the records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1993: R1993-303 (25 August 1993).

Scope and content

This government series consists of homestead fiats for patent issued by the Canadian Department of the Interior. The fiats were issued by the Department of the Interior to authorize the preparation of Letters Patent, which granted or confirmed title to a portion of land. Arranged chronologically, the fiats for patent typically contain the patentee's name, post office address and the legal land description of the homestead.

No sub-series assignment was applied to the records in this series.

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Physical condition

Most of the records are in good physical condition. Some of the records have mould damage and/or torn.

Immediate source of acquisition


Original chronological order maintained by archivist.

Language of material

  • English

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Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Original textual records dating from 1882 to April 10, 1912 are also available on microfilm. Micro R-2.1110 to R-2.1191

Restrictions on access

Records are open for research use.

Some of the textual records are unavailable due to mould damage.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to Crown copyright. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

Finding aids

SAFA 13 consists of a government series description and file listings of some of the textual records.

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No further accruals are expected.

Unprocessed records exist in this fonds. Access to these records is unavailable at this time. Please consult reference archivist for details.

General note

Location for retrieval: Regina-Hillsdale


Conservation practices in place at the time of processing were applied to the records in this series.

Alpha-numeric designations

Textual records: R-1834

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BS 5

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BS 5

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Rules or conventions

Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


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