Land Records

Arphax Publishing’s Family Map Series of Land Patent Books  can be ordered here
American State Papers  38 volume set of Congressional Documents from 1738-1838, includes many special land grants for individuals and small groups
General Land Office (GLO) Land Patents Database  from the Bureau of Land Management, federal land title records for Eastern public land states (1820 to 1908). Note that once land was transferred out of Federal custody, records were kept by the county.
General Land Office (GLO) Land Patents Related Websites
The Homestead Act of 1862 and how to find records
Homestead Records $  now online at Fold3, starting with Nebraska
Land Records at the National Archives
Maps of U.S. Territories and States, 1789-present
Public Land Act of 1796  from the Library of Congress American Memory Project
The French Grant in Alabama: A History of the Founding of Demopolis  1904 work by Gauis Whitfield, Jr. with a list of French grantees in Alabama
Arkansas History Commission Land Records  searchable index of records from 1853 to 1956, can order copies of claim documents
Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands Office  includes documents on the Louisiana Purchase, Spanish Land Grants, Military Bounty Lands and New Madrid claims
Florida Spanish Land Grants  digital copies of land claims filed by Florida settlers after the transfer of the territory from Spain to the United States in 1821, documenting original land claims going back to 1790
Georgia Headright and Bounty Land Records, 1783-1909
Georgia State Archives  Bounty certificates
Georgia’s Virtual Vault  Headright and Bounty Plats of Survey, 1783-1909.
Hawaii Online Land Indexes  index card abstracts with information from original documents, work ongoing
Kentucky Military District
Kentucky Land Offices Databases  Virginia and Old Kentucky Patents, Revolutionary War Warrants, County Court Order Patents
Maryland State Archives  digitized volumes of Provincial Court Land Records (1676-1700), plus access links to digitized land records and survey/plat maps
Maryland State Archives Guide to Revolutionary War Research
Salem Massachusetts Historic Deeds  browsable digitized images from the first twenty books of Essex County, Massachusetts land records, from 1641 to 1709
Minnesota Maps  original land surveys and plat books 1848 to 1907, Bureau of Land Management maps up to 2001
Missouri State Archives Land Records  search the index online and order a copy of the land document for $1
New Hampshire County Registries of Deeds  links to New Hampshire counties that have index and/or image records of their land deeds online, many including historical deeds
New Jersey Colonial Land Surveys and Warrants, 1670-1727  search the index and order original records from the New Jersey State Archives
New York State Land Bounties  with applications for land grants 1642-1803 (63 volumes with volumes 37-63 covering Revolutionary bounty land), Military Patents 1764-1797, Abstract of Patents for Lands in Military Tract, Register of Military Land Bounty Patents (the Balloting Book and more) 1825 and Record of Deeds 1652-1884.
New York and Land and Property
Pennsylvania Land Records at the State Archives  scanned records including including patent indexes, survey books, warrant books, donation lands, depreciation lands and land grant applications
South Carolina Plats for State Land Grants, 1784-1868  searchable index from the Department of Archives and History
Texas General Land Office – Land Grants & Maps  searchable Land Grant Database with listing of original land grants from the Texas General Land Office (GLO), including Spanish, Republic and State land grants, many digitized and more than 2 million maps
Library of Virginia’s Digital Collections  with Virginia Land Grants 1623-1779, grants made in the Northern Neck of Virginia 1623-1779 and grants made by the state after 1779
Virginia State Archives Research Note  guide to researching Virginia Revolutionary War records