Which records are available electronically?

Many of the LTSA's historical records are title-related paper documents that are securely stored in land title office vaults. All paper documents...

Who has access privileges to the LTSA vault?

Many land surveyors, historical researchers and registry agents have direct access privileges to the LTSA vault....

What types of survey plans retained by the LTSA are of historical interest?

Various survey plans of historic interest are retained by the LTSA, including:

  • Indian reserve plans
  • Federal Harbour plans....

The LTSA gives high priority to preserving the extensive collection of historic land title and survey records.

Land records of various types dating from the earliest days of BC's settlement to the present are in the LTSA’s care. There are plans, maps, letters, documents, certificates, registers, indices, books, etc. They exist in a range of formats, including historic records in original paper form, microfilm copies, and electronic records.

While security of title is protected through the Land Title Act and by the Assurance Fund, all of the original records held by the LTSA are useful for retracing historic land ownership and researching complex property boundary issues. These historic records are used by LTSA staff, lawyers, notaries and land surveyors to conduct their day-to-day business, and are also of interest to historians, First Nations, genealogists and environmental researchers.

Researchers refer to the records to obtain a wide variety of information including title, plan or other reference numbers, names, boundary descriptions and descriptions of rights that have been granted or reserved.

Much of the information in the LTSA's historical records is not accessible elsewhere and, therefore, protection of these sources is critical.

For information on how to research historic records, see Research Records.