New Federal land status property records have recently been added to the records website. You can now fine records that fall under North and South Dakota, Montana and Colorado. You can also find large scale graphic illustrations on the FLSR website of any current Federal ownership or agency jurisdiction as well as the rights reserved by the Federal government.
The minute any survey or status changes; the MTPs continually update and maintain the website. You are able to now enlarge an area which will give you comprehensive details as well as plats depicting uses such as gas leasing, oil and coal leasing as well as other minerals. When land titles were transferred from the Feds to individuals, the government recently added survey plats to their website.
Plats are essential historical records that enable researchers to locate the referenced land such as a township, section; meridian etc. Plats are graphic drawings of the various boundaries created by individual surveys and give you the legal description of the public lands. In addition field notes are now being added to these property records websites.
Field notes are extremely useful, as they describe the type of survey performed and in many instances include the names of the individuals living in the area at the time. Included in the field notes are descriptions of land information that was discovered at the time of the survey.
Property records include a host of different types of documentation. One can also find these records at the Provincial or State offices as well as the various county or local state offices. Any records such as deeds which pertain to the selling, buying or owning of property can provide clues to former places of residence such as the seller or buyer.
You will also find information such as ancestry of the seller, marriage data, occupations and much more. Centuries ago many people were unable to write their names and when they bought property they would make a special mark. When browsing through these deeds you can also check to see if similar marks were made on other deeds of sale by the same individual.
During the 1600's it was a custom to date any legal documents by using the Regal Year of the British Monarch. By the end of the 1600's this method of land claim was abolished and Land Office took the place of the Regal Year. So as you can see, you are able to find astounding information when searching through property records online.