BLM, GLO Records
We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. We also provide image access to more than two million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Images of Serial patents (land titles issued between 1908 and the mid-1960’s) are currently being added to this web site. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.
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U.S. Land and Property Research
This is a self-paced set of lessons on the basics of land and property research in the United States. This type of research is often daunting and somewhat intimidating to genealogists, especially those just beginning to encounter land grants, deeds and other forms of property acquisition and transfer. When you complete this course, you should know something about the history and evolution of land acquisition in the United States, the terminology associated with land transactions, where to look for records when researching in this field and what inferences may be drawn from such records.
How to Search Deeds
Deeds are records of land ownership and transactions. They can date back to before the American Revolution. They reveal much more than ownership, however. They may also give information about relative land values, about who could hold land, and about relationships between people. Deeds are useful to genealogists, those buying and selling land, and those wishing to find information about particular times or events.