I noticed once again that some are looking for how to acquire the
documentation on grants as well as the grant maps themselves. Here is
the address and phone or fax for the information.
The Nova Scotia Provincial Crown Lands
P.O. Box 2345
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3J 3C8
Phone no. 1-902-424-3171
Fax no. 1-902-424-3173
Many grants were very straight forward and there maybe very little
information on them other than the description of the property. Others
though are a wealth of information, with lots of correspondence. You
won't know what information is contain with a particular grant till you
apply for a copies of it.
Please remember that the NSProvincial Crown Lands ONLY HAVE RECORDS OF
GRANTS, they do NOT carry information on property that was sold. If you
are looking for sale transactions the inquiry has to be made to the
county offices, where the land is located.
Not all early settlers in Nova Scotia received grants. Some were
squatters, others bought the improvements of the tenant that lived on
the land prior to the purchaser. Others rented the land from the person
that held the grant. Some grants were not issued, till the second or
third generation from the original settler. So if you know the location
of where your ancestor lived, but there was no grant issued in his/her
name, look at the possibility that a son/daughter (or in-law) or
grandchild, may have applied for a grant in later years.