Family History Research at Yukon Archives

Government Records

The Yukon Archives government records collections date from 1896 to the present day and pertain to a wealth of subjects: elections, education, coroner investigations, estates, mining, transportation, community development, etc. The Yukon Archives acquires records from the Yukon Government and from Yukon communities; it also has some records from the governments of Canada and the United States of America. The following examples are Mining Recorder records pertaining to the Bonanza Creek claim of George Carmack.

Page from Index of Original Locators
This document is a page from a large, bound volume containing the alphabetically indexed names of miners who were the first to obtain the grant from the crown for a particular claim. Highlighted is George Carmack's claim entry for 1 below Discovery on Bonanza Creek and it includes the date, location of the claim and the relevant application for grant document number.
Yukon Archives. Series 10 Mining Recorders Records (Placer), sub-series 1-8 Indexes of Original Locators, GOV 182, p. 65.
George Carmack's Application for Grant
This Application for Grant for placer claim #137, 1 below Discovery, Bonanza Creek (formerly known as Rabbit Creek), is for the claim adjacent to the discovery claim and marks the epicenter of the gold rush stampede. George Carmack's discovery claim application is in the holdings of the Library and Archives of Canada, deemed to be of Canadian national historic significance.
Yukon Archives. Series 10 Mining Recorders Records (Placer), sub-series 1-1 Applications for Grants for Placer Mining, GOV 368, document #137, 1896.
Map of Bonanza Creek
This map lists each miner's name and claim number for part of Bonanza Creek as surveyed by William Ogilvie, Dominion Land Surveyor, in 1897.
Yukon Archives. Plan of Placer Mining Claims on Part of Bonanza Creek in the Klondike Mining Division of the Yukon Territory, surveyor W. M. Ogilvie D.L.S., 1897, map # H-307.