Part of Land surveys

Field book scanning project

The Alberta government has scanned microfilms and paper copies of field books full of historical survey data about our township system.


The federal government provided a variety of field books to the Alberta government which contained historical survey data about our township system. From these books, The Alberta government created microfilms that now, along with the originals, reside at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Spatial Information System (SPIN)

In 2000, the Director of Surveys office scanned the 220,000 images from the microfilm rolls. As of April 18, 2005, these images are available on the Spatial Information System (SPIN). SPIN is where you can do graphic-and text-based searches for specific Government of Alberta land-related information.


To find out about field book distribution, see Land Survey Products.


To learn more about field books and the field book scanning project, contact:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-0051
Fax: 780-427-1493
Email: [email protected]

Surveys Section
15th Floor, Oxbridge Place
9820 106 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2J6