Documents are recorded, indexed, verified, and scanned within the current business day To collect fees and taxes levied for recording the documents and distribute the receipts to the state, county, municipalities, and school districts in accordance with the law To assemble and retain the documents permanently for administrative, legal, and historical purposes All recorded documents are of public record with the exception of Military Discharges DD Veterans are encouraged to file their military discharge papers for safekeeping.
The original is maintained by the veteran, the copy retained by the office will be used to make a certified copy when a veteran applies for employment, veteran benefits, etc. Subdivisions are submitted in mylar form. All subdivisions must be recorded within 90 days of the local governing body approval.
We pledge our commitment to doing our part to keep the community safe and help create a better quality of life for the families of Erie County. These records include deeds, easements, and other instruments used in the conveyance of property. Superior Court, No. As Washington County clerk of courts, I provide the citizens of Washington County the services so vitally needed. It is our goal to make your project a great memory when it comes to your home.
Commonwealth land records only document transactions between the Penns or the post-revolutionary Commonwealth and the first purchaser s of each tract of land. Deeds transferring land titles between private citizens, either after or during the patenting process, are maintained at the office of the Recorder of Deeds for the appropriate county.
The State Archives search room provides microfilm copies of some county deeds for the convenience of visitors, but State Archives staff cannot conduct searches in this microfilm we only search records for which we hold original copies. Researchers who wish to search federal land grants including military grants made by the United States government should find them deposited with the National Archives and Records Administration Washington, D.
It should be noted, however, that no such grants were issued in Pennsylvania. In order to successfully conduct research with the State land records the researcher must first identify the full name of the land purchaser, the applicant, the warrantee, or patentee; the county in which the land was owned; and the approximate date of the transaction.
It may be necessary to know the county and municipality that the land tract was a part of at the time a Land Office document was written. Information about which counties and municipalities were created from which earlier ones can be found on the Genealogical Map of the Counties PDF and in Incorporation Dates for Pennsylvania Municipalities.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Political Subdivisions PDF map depicts all the various townships, boroughs, cities, and counties in the Commonwealth, and can be a useful tool to identify specific municipal units. As a general rule, the State land records are not going to provide extensive genealogical information about the purchasers of land, for example, personal data such as the person's nativity, age, marital status, or occupation. They can be used, however, to document the presence of a particular settler in a specific place at a given time, a good starting point to begin or continue a family history.
For a thorough understanding of both the history of the Commonwealth Land Office and the potential research use and contents of its records, researchers should consult the Record Group 17 finding aids and also Donna Bingham Munger's book Pennsylvania Land Records: A History and Guide for Research You can use our records to do searches on your own, or you can pay for an archivist to do a search for you and send you the results. Whether filling out the form or beginning your research on your own, you will need to provide three basic pieces of information as described in the next section below.
Map books prepared by engineers at the request of the Commissioners for the purpose of illustrating routes for the various divisions of the canal system or to illustrate the final layout after construction. Few of these show routes as they were finally laid out and operated and are primarily preliminary plans. In addition to providing overall layouts for how the finished canals were intended to look, they also contain numerous drawings of dams, raft chutes, feeders, reservoirs, locks, lock gates, lock houses, aqueducts, towing path bridges, and waste weirs illustrating how the system was intended to work.
Based upon actual county surveys, the Melish-Whiteside maps were the first official set of county maps produced for the Commonwealth from , and include information such as township lines, municipality names, geographic features, and roads and distances. Additional data on some of the maps includes post offices, factories, mills, mines, furnaces, forges, houses, churches, academies, and taverns. The names of property owners for certain taverns, dwellings, furnaces, and mills are also present on a number of the maps.
A variety of maps and plots that might be helpful to a researcher who knows where a tract of land lies, but not necessarily who owned it at the time of the warrant or patent. These maps may also be of value to researchers who have followed the paper trail, found the warrant, survey and patent documents, and wish to attempt to determine the current location of the land. Normally, these maps do NOT show current ownership lines, political boundaries, roads or other such features, although rivers, runs and springs are often depicted.
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