Friday, February 24, 2012

UCLP Images are Online

Did you know that the Upper Canada Land Petition (1763-1865) images are available online?
I discovered this news from the Library and Archives Canada website.
Are you exited? I am!
But wait, there is a catch. These images are not linked to the Upper Canada Land Petition Index. Although this does require a bit of work to find the image, it is worth it. No more having to wait weeks and weeks for microfilm to arrive through inter-library loan at the library.

Here is how to find your ancestor's petition in the indexes and the images.

First go the Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865) Index, and perform a search for you ancestor.

Once you have the results, click on your ancestor's name.

This will take you to the detailed page for your ancestor.

From this result make note of the microfilm number, the bundle number and the petition number.

Second, go to the Microform Digitization database of the Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865). Click on the "Next" button to navigate through the film numbers to find the one you found in the index. From the results I found for my ancestor, Albert Ryckman, the film number was C-2741.

Click on the film number. This takes you to the digitized images of the land petitions. You will have to manually search through the pages of the digitized images of the microfilm to find your ancestor's individual land petition. Use the small arrow key to navigate your way through the images, or you can enter a page number in the search box. Once you know which petition number is at the beginning of the film you can "guesstimate" where your ancestor's petition may be, and use the page numbers to find it.

It took me less than five minutes to find my ancestor, Albert Ryckman's petition:

The quality of the image is excellent. No more hard to read photocopies. 
I hope you have success in finding your ancestor's Upper Canada Land Petition.

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2012.