The following is an announcement from the the Alberta Genealogical Society:
With volunteer help, the Alberta Genealogical Society has created a name index to a collection of early Dominion land files held on microfilm at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) in Edmonton. Many of these files pertain to homestead lands patented in Alberta between 1870 and 1930. Volunteers indexed records on 685 reels of microfilm.
This search feature will be available on September 1, 2005.
Using the same search engine, developed by Iconys Informatica Inc., that powers the 1901 Census on the Edmonton branch AGS website, you will be able to type in a surname and if you get a ‘hit’, the database will provide you with a full name, a legal land description (the section, township, range and meridian numbers) as well as two key pieces of information: the file number on which the record is located plus the ‘Ottawa file number’.
For more information, go to the Alberta Genealogical Society website at http://abgensoc.ca/homestead/index.htm (from Relatively Speaking, the quarterly journal of the Alberta Genealogical Society, 33:3 (August 2005).