The LTSA gives high priority to preserving the extensive collection of historical 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 historical land ownership and researching complex property boundary issues. These historical 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 historical records, see Research Records.