How to Find Scrip Records

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These records are now available in Collection Search.

R190 and RG15

R190-0-3-E is the archival reference number given to the Department of the Interior fonds; the former archival reference number for this fonds is RG15. You can access the fonds-level description using Collection Search.

Series within R190 also have R numbers. For example, R190-44-1-E is the reference number for the series North-West Territories Métis scrip applications.

You can search for records using the fonds number (R number) as a keyword.

  • To search for a specific series, use R190 and set the "Hierarchical level" field to "Series."

You can also use the former archival reference number as a search keyword (e.g., RG15-D-II-8-b).

How to Locate Métis Scrip Records in Collection Search

Collection Search helps you to find descriptions of all of the series, sub-series, files and accessions in RG 15/R190. Some scrip files have been digitized, allowing you to view them online.

Scrip files are listed in these finding aids: 15-20, 15-19, 15-17, 15-16, 15-5, 15-6.

To search for a scrip file for a particular person:

  1. Go to Collection Search and select Advanced search.
  2. In the “All these words” search field, enter “scrip” (without quotation marks) plus the name of the applicant, e.g. scrip Sara Goulet.
  3. Select “Collections and Fonds” from the Database menu.
  4. Select “File” from the Hierarchical level field.
  5. Click on the Search button.

To view the descriptions of files listed in a finding aid:

  1. Go to Collection Search and select Advanced search.
  2. Select “Collections and Fonds” from the Database menu.  
  3. Select “Finding aid” from the Specific terms menu, and enter the Finding Aid number, e.g. 15-20. Leave the other fields blank.
  4. Click on the Search button.

Notes:

  • In a small number of cases, scrip files were also issued to original white settlers and their descendants.
  • Scrip issued to women can be listed under the person's family or maiden name, and sometimes under the name of the woman's father or brother. Try querying different combinations of names of people in the immediate family.
  • For additional information and tips on Collection Search, see the Search Help.

Finding Scrip

This guide is organized on the assumption that most researchers will have some idea as to the residence of a claimant at the time that he or she appeared before a scrip commission and will probably know the commission under which the claimant applied for scrip. However, if neither of these factors is known, it will be difficult, but not impossible, for researchers to find the scrip documents they require.

The majority of the scrip records are filed under the document's registration number. The major task facing a researcher then is finding the proper number of the document. Only the four series containing affidavits and applications are filed alphabetically, but even then it can be a difficult job to find the right document when only the claimant's name is known, since many Métis applicants share the same name, and many of the applications have been withdrawn and placed in case files under one of four separate central registries.

To find scrip records relating to any Métis claim post-dating the first Manitoba commission, researchers should probably first refer to the delivery registers. These registers provide an alphabetical index to a claimant's complete scrip record. They record the document number for any record which may be filed under a numerical system. If an application has been placed in a case file, the case file number will also be indicated. For deliveries which may have been made between July 1885 and December 1887, see RG15, volume 1518 (which is also on microfilm reel C-11879); for deliveries made between January 1888 and July 1899, see RG15, volume 1519 (which is also on microfilm reel C-11879 and C-11880); and for deliveries which may have been made between August 1899 and 1928, see RG15, volume 1520 (which is also on microfilm reel C-11880). The delivery registers will usually indicate the authority (i.e. the Commission) under which scrip was awarded. Researchers can then use this information to refer to the appropriate sections of this guide.

If a claim cannot be found in the delivery registers, then it is possible that the application was made under the Manitoba Act (33 Vic., c. 3). To confirm this, researchers should refer to three key registers, all of which are organized alphabetically. The first, "Register of Grants to Half-breed Children under 33 Vic., Chapt. 3," which is now retained by Library and Archives Canada in RG15, series D II 8m, volumes 1478 and 1511, gives a complete listing to all Métis claimants under section 31 of the Manitoba Act. The second, "Index to Grantees in Manitoba, 1873-1888," which is retained in RG15, series D III 23, aperture card book 157, gives a complete listing to grantees under section 32 of the Act. The third register, "[Alphabetical Index to Claimants as Half-Breed Heads of Families]," which is now retained as RG15, series D II 8m, volume 1484, is an alphabetical index of Métis claimants who were awarded scrip as head of a family under 37 Victoria, chapter 20. The index provides access to a more complete register, which is now found in RG15, series D II 8m, volumes 1479 to 1482. The latter will provide the registration numbers of the scrip awarded to a particular claimant, as well as the affidavit number and case file number.


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