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General Informational Handouts
Land Grant Collection
- GLO Headright and Military Land Grants
Learn about headright and military land grants in Texas, and the unique criteria associated with receiving land for service.
- GLO Scrip Land Grants
Learn about the various types of loan and sales scrip, as well as scrip given for internal improvements.
- GLO German Collections
The Land Office is the repository for several collections that focus on German immigration to Texas in the 1840s-1860s. Learn about these helpful resources.
- History of Texas Public Lands
This is an in depth look at the history of the Public Lands of Texas. (27 pages).
- Appendices - History of Texas Public Lands
This is an in depth look at the history of the Public Lands of Texas, with a specific focus on Mexico’s land policies, as well as the role of the GLO in creating county maps. (29 pages).
- GLO Spanish Collection
The Land Office is the repository for original Spanish and Mexican land titles in Texas. These records, known collectively as the Spanish Collection, are the most important collection of original documents anywhere for the history of land distribution in Texas prior to 1836.
- Calendar of Catalogue II of the Spanish Collection
The Calendar is a finding aid that contains summary descriptions of each document found within Catalogue II of the Spanish Collection. Catalogue II describes the correspondence, mission records, empresario contracts, decrees, reports, and proceedings generated by Spanish and Mexican efforts to administer their colonization and land distribution systems in Texas.
- Selected Maps and Sketches of the GLO Archives
This is a brief description of the different types of map collections found in the General Land Office Archives and Records.
- Land Districts Map
Texas was divided into 38 different Land Districts during the Republic era to facilitate distributing the Public Domain. This map shows the different Land Districts of Texas.
- Genealogy Research Sheet
When researching your ancestors, it is important to organize your information. This sheet helps organize relevant information found in land grant files.
- Genealogy Name Search Request Form
Genealogists should submit this form to request a genealogical name search. Land Office researchers will conduct a comprehensive search of our files on any individual found in our records, abstract the information, and send an easy-to-understand explanation of what was found. NOTE: A Genealogy Name Search is a service offered for $20 per name.