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Surveyor Research

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Surveying has been a core mission of the Texas General Land Office since its establishment after the Texas revolution in 1836.  As the early repository for surveys defining the public domain, the Land Office Archives is now an invaluable resource for surveyors and historians alike.

New digital images from our land grant and map collections are added daily to this website, making it easier than ever to perform online research of the Land Office Archives.

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star Need Help Requesting Files or Maps for Survey Orders?
To expedite your survey order, please submit the Archives and Records Survey Order Form, and a copy of the GLO Official County Map for your county, with the surveys that you are working on highlighted or marked. This will help GLO staff conduct research in a more timely and efficient manner, helping us expedite your request for copies.

Note: Not submitting a map of your area of interest with the Archives and Records Survey Order Form will result in a delayed response because of increased research time required. Additionally, a research fee of $50/hour may be applied when requesting a Sketch Search if a map is not included, due to additional research required.

  star Need Help Viewing Land Grants Online?
Here are a few helpful tips for searching the Land Grants Database:

  • Search by County and enter an abstract number and press SEARCH
  • Enter Original Grantee or Patentee, with six-digit file number, and press SEARCH
  • When the record is displayed, choose "View PDF" at bottom to see a full color digital image of the file
star File Not Found Online?
Orders for copies of Field Notes, Patents, Deeds of Acquitance, Maps and Sketches can still be made by calling the Texas General Land Office Archives Research Room.  If possible, please complete a Survey Order Form to allow us to expedite your request. 

The form, posted in the right-hand column, may be faxed or e-mailed to Archives staff. Please include your name and phone number with your order in case we have any questions.  Once your research is compiled, you will be contacted for a VISA or MasterCard number if you do not already have a Fee Deposit Account established with the GLO.

star What Land Grant Files Are Available Online?
Click on link at right to see what records from these Land Districts have already been scanned and their digital images posted to the web site.