Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Land and consists of primarily, petitions from Cape Breton residents seeking land grants from the crown and other related documents such as surveyors' reports, plans and correspondence. Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by name of applicant. Reports of the Cape Breton surveyor general, or other local surveying officials, to the Provincial Secretary are found at the end of the series. The existence of a separate Commissioner of Crown Lands for Cape Breton reporting directly to the Provincial Secretary, and distinct from the Commissioner of Crown Lands for Nova Scotia, survived the demise of Cape Breton as a separate colony in 1820 and continued until 1847, when the Crown Land Department Act abolished the position of surveyor general of Cape Breton.
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of correspondence of the Commissioner of Crown Lands. Includes returns from deputy surveyors, drafts of grants, lists of grantees, lists of petitions, surveyors' reports, vouchers, receipts, some annual reports, abstracts of petitions, memoranda, appointments, bonds of surveyors, and royal instructions about granting land. Series also includes petitions, memorials, warrants to survey, and hand-drawn maps and plans of lands granted. Arranged mainly by County.
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of letter books of the Commissioner of Crown Lands (Samuel Fairbanks and James Austen during this time period) and the Attorney General, who was the Minister responsible for Crown Lands from 1877 to 1947. Executive correspondence is mainly with deputy surveyors and largely administrative in nature, addressing grants, petitions, disputes, employment, and surveys. Arranged chronologically, and most volumes contain an alphabetical index of correspondents.
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of crown lands petitions and applications for land purchase, free land grants, leases, and escheats. Also includes other petitions and applications (granted and ungranted) and supporting records, such as survey warrants, descriptions, reports, maps, correspondence, and memoranda. Includes a letter book of Surveyor Charles Morris, which contains copies of letters sent to Surveyor General John Wentworth from 1784 to 1785.
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of financial records of the Crown Lands Office. Includes the following: financial statements and accounts; abstracts of fees and payments to surveyors; accounts of sales of crown lands; crown lands cash, receipt, sales, and account books; and accounts and returns of surveyors and the registrar of deeds. Series also include surveyors' orders to repay ungranted petitioners and indexes to those orders.
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of indexes to grant books. Also includes copies of land grants (volumes 81-82) and lists of grantees (volumes 163 and 176).
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of maps created by deputy surveyors relating to land grants in the province. Textual records accompany a few maps. Arranged alphabetically by county and chronologically within each county. Maps were created as part of the deputy surveyors' reports.
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of records relating to the granting and, in a few cases, sale, of Crown Lands, including land grants, plans, surveys, petitions, warrants and correspondence. The records are arranged by County, as follows: Annapolis, Cumberland, Guysborough, Halifax, Kings, Lunenburg, Pictou and Shelburne, and chronologically within each county. When the records were arranged at the office of their creation, excerpts and copies of records were placed in order according to the date of the original document rather than the date of the copy, which was not recorded.
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of petitions for land, warrants to survey, surveyors' reports, and draft lands grants. Arranged chronologically and alphabetically within each year.
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of journals Titus Smith kept while surveying Nova Scotia. Journals cover Smith's surveys of Western Nova Scotia and the Eastern Shore and Antigonish area. Along with description of land and property, the journals also provide lists of plants, grasses, shrubs, trees, and general observations about nature. Titus Smith toured the province to do this work in 1801-1802, on order of the government, to report on the suitability of lands for settlement.
Also included are:
Survey Notes 1829-1833
Receipts for Roadwork 1816-1829 (not inclusive)
Consists of eleven series: Crown Land grants plans, surveys and other records, 1753-1864, predominant 1784-1830, Indexes to grant books and other material, [ca. 1750]-[ca. 1880], Land grant maps, Land petitions and other material, 1765-1914, Applications for Purchase and Ungranted Petitions, 1781-1910, Cape Breton land petitions and other material, 1787-1864, predominant 1787-1843, Commissioners' correspondence and other material, 1765-1905, Commissioners' letterbooks, Financial records, 1791-1925, Township records, 1759-[ca. 1847], and Journal of Titus Smith, 1801-1833.Nova Scotia. Commissioner of Crown Lands
Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands 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. 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.