Land Records, Plats, and Grants

During my recent genealogy research trip I discovered a new “favorite” record type.  The land patent or grant, Land Records and Land Plats are a wealth of interesting information.  After linking these three records for my great great grandfather’s farm I can actually see his story unfold.  I was happy to see the family build and prosper and saddened by their troubles.

You are probably asking, how do you get these records?  Well, from several different places actually.  For land grants and some plat surveys you can go this website:  For land records you will have to contact the county courthouse where the land was located.  I found land plats for 1889, 1911, and 1923 at the county historical society but sometimes the local library has them as well. Here is John Edward Tracy Land Patent for 80 acres in Brown Township, York County, Nebraska.  He got this patent in 1885 and it is for the west half of the SE 1/4 of section 14.  This was a “Timber Culture Patent” to encourage the growth of timber on the western prairie.  Below is a land plat survey from 1889 for Brown Township, York County, Nebraska where my great great grandfather owned a farm in the SE 1/4 of section 14 and 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of section 14.  The Tracy family enlarged this farm over the next 40 years and it was in the Tracy family for over 100 years.  There are still a few Tracy’s living on a small part of this land.

Brown, York County, Nebraska

1889 Plat Survey


About Rosanna Ward

Rosanna is a devoted mother of four children, two of which are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 11 and 6 year old sons. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University: She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eleven years. Rosanna has loved family history for as long as she can remember and love genealogy for the stories of her ancestors.
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One Response to Land Records, Plats, and Grants

  1. Rosanna Ward says:

    As a bonus, while looking up all these land records and studying them I learned how to actually read a land record and how to pinpoint property when given quadrants. It looks like Greek at first but it is really quite simple.

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