Genealogy blogger Michael John Neill has a solution for genealogists who want to search the Alberta homestead records, but who don’t subscribe to Ancestry.ca or Ancestry World Deluxe. Judging by the number of reviews my blog post, Ancestry launches Alberta homestead collection, received, there is certainly a lot of interest in this collection.
In his blog, Genealogy Search Tip, Mr. Neill explains how to search the records for free by looking up the microfilm numbers on the Alberta Genealogical Society’s website and then finding the microfilm reel on Internet Archive.
Mr. Neill refers to the work done by the Alberta Genealogical Society when it created an all-name index to the homestead files on the 686 microfilm reels, held at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, to mark Alberta’s centenary in 2005.
To access the free records, follow the steps in Mr. Neill’s blog post, Alberta Homestead Records. Note that 496 of the 686 microfilm reels are available on Internet Archives, which is a good start.