Ancestor's Trading Cards

FreeUKGenealogy [@FreeUKGen] shared their following post during #AncestryHour and I love it.
Create a trading card for each of the ancestors with photos and information. 
  • Great Family activity
  • Great way for kids to get to know their ancestors and teach the next generation.
  • Great way to involve kids in genealogy and get excited about it

If you do this, I would love you to add a photo below in the comment section, or a link to a photo of the finished items.

Locate Homestead in Google Maps

You have your homestead record.
You understand the layout.
Now you want to find out where it is on Google Maps so you can go visit.

What is there today?

To label the location in Google Maps, go to the Label a Location Post.

For more information on Homesteading, click on the Homesteading Page

Dominion Land Survey (DLS) and Public Land Survey System (PLSS)

Differences between Dominion Land Survey (DLS) and Public Land Survey System (PLSS).

The DLS is based on the American PLSS with some distinctive differences. Two main differences between PLSS and the DLS are:

  • The Public Land Survey System [PLSS] used in USA system starts numbering the townships with 1 at the east as the Canadian but the 1 is at the top right-hand corner. The DLS starts the 1 at the south-east corner, starting at the border.

  • The PLSS did not include road allowances. DLS includes road allowances which add to the grid which gives problems to accuracy.

  • Fourth Meridian Marker of the Dominion Land Survey

    The fourth meridian is located at the Saskatchewan Alberta border. It is located north side of the road.

    Marker is located at the following Latitude and Longitude
    49.955537, -110.005022

    Transcript of marker


         This marker is on the fourth meridian which is the main control line for surveys in the province of Alberta.
         From the true north line, surveys are carried westward to establish the location of townships and sections upon which all titles to land are based.
         In 1905 it became a provincial boundary.

    Elected by
    Province of Alberta

    Fifth Meridian marker of the DLS

    There is no marker identifying the beginning of the fifth meridian marker along Hwy 1.

    It should be located in Calgary at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Barlow Trail NE.
    The frontage road for Barlow Trail at that point and south is called Meridian Road.
    Appropriately identified as that is where the meridian is located.

    A marker should be located around:
    Latitude 51.064944 and Longitude -114.001075

    Prime Meridian Marker for Dominion Land Survey

    This first marker of the Dominion Land Survey is located about half a mile north of the actual site on Highway 1 west of Winnipeg.

    The marker was placed on 10 July 1871.

    Site Location (lat/long): N49.881622, W97.459340
    Copy the Lat/Long into Google Map to obtain exact location. 

    It is located on the north side of the highway on Portage Ave frontage road, just west of Headlingly, just outside west of Winnipeg.

    Transcript of the plaque

    The first marker of the Dominion Lands Survey was placed 10 July 1871, on the Principal Meridian, about half a mile south of this site. The system, then inaugurated by Lieutenant-Colonel J.S. Dennis, Surveyor-General, extends across the prairies and to the Pacific coast, embracing more than 200 million acres of surveyed lands in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and parts of British Columbia.

    Le 10 juillet 1871, la premiere borne du reseau topographique fur posee a environ un demi-mille au sud d'ici, sur le meridien principal. Le reseau, inaugure par l'arpenteur general j.S. Dennis, traverse toutes les prairies jusqu'a la cote du Pacifique et s'etend sur plus de 200 millions d'acres de terres arpentees au Manitoba, en Saskatchewan, en Alberta et dans certaines parties de la Colobia-Britannique.

    Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.        
    Commissiondes ileux et monuments historiques du Canada. 

    Dominion Land Survey

    Wikipedia states:

    The Dominion Land Survey (DLS) is the method used to divide most of Western Canada into one-square-mile (2.6 km2) sections for agricultural and other purposes. It is based on the layout of the Public Land Survey System used in the United States, but has several differences. The DLS is the dominant survey method in the Prairie provinces, and it is also used in British Columbia along the Railway Belt (near the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway), and in the Peace River Block in the northeast of the province. (Although British Columbia entered Confederation with control over its own lands, unlike the Northwest Territories and the Prairie provinces, British Columbia transferred these lands to the federal Government as a condition of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The federal government then surveyed these areas under the DLS.)[1]


    To learn how each land is identified read my blog post called Home, Home on the Range.

    Each meridian marker identified in the following posts:
    Prime Meridian  / First Meridian
    Second Meridian
    Third Meridian
    Fourth Meridian
    Fifth Meridian