The Nova Scotia Crown Land Information Management Centre manages a series of Crown Land Grant maps. These historic maps help provide a cartographic representation of what Nova Scotia parcel fabric originally looked like when the land was first granted (mostly to Scottish and Irish immigrants). The crown commenced issuing grants in 1730, but the majority of them were issued at various times during 1750 and 1850
Crown Land Grant maps are a great asset in genealogy research and help provide a graphic representation of the layout of the original land grants.
The Nova Scotia Crown Land Grant map series contains 138 maps in all, (each one is 26″ x 36″) with 14 of them that contain some Pictou County geography. Each map contains basic information that defines coastlines, waterways, transportation, and off course property lines with the names of the people who occupied a particular land grant.
Many edits were made to the maps by government staff over the years, which can be apparent in the various scans of the original maps.
Follow the links below for information on how to order copies of the Crown Land Grant maps, how to download digital copies (for free), and to browse the digital scans of the original maps right here on this site.
[source: Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources]
Crown Land Grant Map 085 – contains communities in the North Western areas around River John, Seafoam, Marshville, Mountain Road, and Toney River
Crown Land Grant Map 086 – contains communities in the Western areas of Pictou County around Dalhousie, Millsville, West Branch River John, Meadowville, Caribou Island, Durham, Lyons Brook, Granton, and the Town of Pictou
Crown Land Grant Map 087 – contains communities in the Western areas of Pictou County around Mount Thom, Salt Springs, Green Hill, Alma, Watervale, Millbrook, Hopewell, Landsdowne, Eureka, Churchville, and the Towns of New Glasgow, Stellarton, and Westville
Crown Land Grant Map 093 – includes the towns of New Glasgow and Trenton, as well as several communities such as Thorburn, Pine Tree, McPersons Mills, Egerton, Merigomish, Kenzieville, and Barneys River