The staff of the Texas General Land Office is eager to assist any Texan interested in accessing the Archives or learning more about our unique Texas heritage. We offer a range of service to our customers, including research assistance, translation, certification and archival document duplication. Specific services listed below may incur a small cost recovery fee.
The Archives also has several unique research tools available for sale. Learn more
Also, as a part of our historic preservation mission, the Texas General Land Office Archives operates one of the highest quality digital scanning labs in the nation. Learn more
Upon customer request, Land Office staff will consult all archival indices to find any existing information about your ancestor. The information will then be compiled into an abstract form and sent to you as per your instructions. Please complete the Genealogy Name Search Form.
Translation of Spanish Documents
The Texas General Land Office houses thousands of documents associated with the distribution of public land during the Spanish and Mexican periods in Texas. While many of these documents have been translated, some have not. Land Office staff can translate an archival document upon request.
The Texas General Land Office can certify a copy of a map or document as being from the Archives.
Land Classification Letters are a service provided by the staff of the General Land Office’s Legal Services Division. Letters of classification contain a legal description of the land, patent information and the land classification, with staff signature.
Certificates of Fact are a document written by the staff of the General Land Office’s Legal Services Division, or the General Land Office Spanish Translator, describing the history, in chronological order, of a particular tract of State land with the Commissioner’s signature. The documents are based on information in the Texas General Land Office Archives.
Patrons can receive a digital copy of a document or map that is housed in the Archives upon payment of all required fees. Patrons may use any digital image for free that is already available on the web (ex. PDFs from Land Grant Database, Low Resolution JPGs from Online Map Database, Screen Shots of Zoomified Images, etc.).
Please contact Archives@glo.texas.gov to receive permission for reproduction of a digital image in a book, magazine, video, website, etc., or to license an image for any other use. Publication and licensing fees may apply. Please see the Publication/Broadcast/Image Use Fee below.
Copies of Patents
Full-size color copies of archival maps and sketches:
Full-size black and white copies of archival maps and sketches:
Research of the official records of the GLO requiring staff to perform extensive research: $50.00 per hour, minimum one half hour, maximum four hours. (effective March 30, 2011)
Rush Fee: $50 per order. At General Land Office staff discretion, expedited preparation of photocopies, GIS products, maps and items scanned may be provided for a fee. Payment of the rush fee does not guarantee that requested services will be completed by a specific time. Payment of the rush fee will allow the rush order to be completed ahead of non-rush items. (effective March 30, 2011)
Publication or Broadcast Fee (Image Use Fee): For use of a GLO archival image (map, document or photograph) in a book, magazine, motion picture, television broadcast, video, website, reproduction for resale, or other promotional advertising use (effective March 30, 2011):