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The Official Federal Land Records Site

Welcome to the Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site. We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. We also have images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records. 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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Land Patents

Home - BLM GLO Records (2) Federal Land Patents offer researchers a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals. In addition to verifying title transfer, this information will allow the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date). We have a variety of Land Patents on our site, including Cash Entry, Homestead and Military Warrant patents.

Survey Plats and Field Notes

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Home - BLM GLO Records (3) Survey plats are part of the official record of a cadastral survey. Surveying is the art and science of measuring the land to locate the limits of an owner's interest thereon. A cadastral survey is a survey which creates, marks, defines, retraces or re-establishes the boundaries and subdivisions of Federal Lands of the United States. The survey plat is the graphic drawing of the boundaries involved with a particular survey project, and contains the official acreage to be used in the legal description.

Home - BLM GLO Records (4) Field notes are the narrative record of the cadastral survey. They are written in tabular format and contain the detailed descriptions of entire survey process including the instrumentation and procedures utilized, calling all physical evidence evaluated in the survey process, and listing all of the individuals who participated in the work.

Land Status Records

Home - BLM GLO Records (5) Land Status Records are used by BLM Western State Offices to document the ongoing state of a township's Federal and private land regarding title, lease, rights, and usage. These documents include Master Title Plats, which are a composite of all Federal surveys for a township. Other Land Status Records include Use Plats, Historical Indices, and Supplemental Plats.

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The Control Document Index includes BLM documents that affect or have affected the control, limitation, or restriction of public land and resources. CDI documents include public laws, proclamations, and withdrawals. CDI documents have been kept on microfilm since the 1950’s, but are now being scanned and linked to existing data records from BLM’s LR2000 database.


Home - BLM GLO Records (6) Tract Books are used by BLM Eastern State Offices as the basic index for public land title research. Tract Books are simply listings of all the transactions involving surveyed public lands—by State or territory, meridian, township, range, section, and subdivisions. Today, there are 1,582 original General Land Office tract books at Eastern States, showing how, when, and to whom title to Public Domain lands passed from the United States—in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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Land Catalog

Home - BLM GLO Records (7) The Land Catalog application allows the public to search for Patents, Surveys, Land Status Records, CDI Documents, and LR2000 Case Recordation & Land Status reports associated with a specific township. This application displays the PLSS data layer for and a drop-down search menu for easy navigation from a State, Meridian, and Township perspective.

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What is a BLM serial number? ›

With MLRS, the BLM is transforming the standardized serial number format nationwide. The new format is: two-letter abbreviation for the geographic state, two letters for the BLM administrative state, and nine digits. For example, NMNM12345789.

Is the Bureau of Land Management a federal agency? ›

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior responsible for administering federal lands.

Is BLM land in California open? ›

Please check the list below to see what public rooms are open near you. Despite some visitor center closures, millions of acres of BLM-managed public lands across California remain open to enjoy, as long as you do so responsibly and safely.

Where is BLM land in Utah? ›

The BLM manages nearly 22.8 million acres of public lands in Utah, representing about 42 percent of the state. Located mostly in western and southeastern Utah, these lands are varied, ranging from rolling uplands to sprawling desert lowlands.

How do I find the land location from a survey number? ›

Finding or searching for land details with the help of a land survey number is easy. Visit the respective state's portal and select the city where the property is. Click on the view maps sections or land record section, enter the land survey number, and from there, you can get the land details.

How do I find out who owns land online? ›

Steps to be taken to perform an online land search;

Navigate to the Ministry of Land and physical planning and select the land search option. Input the title number and complete the online land search form. Confirm that all the details are correct before submitting the form.


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