3,907 tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type of transaction is also recorded such as cash entry, credit entry, homesteads, patents (deeds) granted by the Federal Government, and other conveyances of title such as Indian allotments, internal improvement grants (to states), military bounty land warrants, private land claims, railroad grants, school grants, and swamp grants. Additional items of information included in the tract books are as follows: number of acres, date of sale, purchase price, land office, entry number, final Certificate of Purchase number, and notes on relinquishments and conversions. Original documents are located at the Bureau of Land management in Springfield, Virginia.

Information found in this collection may include:

  1. The name of purchaser
  2. The description of the land
  3. The date of transaction
  4. By whom patented
  5. The date of patent
  6. Additional items of information included in the tract books are as follows: number of acres, date of sale, purchase price, land office, entry number, final Certificate of Purchase number, and notes on relinquishment and conversions.
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“United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89W3-39QL-W?cc=2074276&wc=M7W7-HTL%3A356164601%2C356173301 : 22 May 2014), Wyoming > Vol 82 > image 100 of 282; Records Improvement, Bureau of Land Management, Washington D.C.

Federal Land Management Tract Books

The federal land management tract books for Alaska and Missouri are lost. The links below link you to the listing of land records for each state by microfilm volume. There is currently no index to these. You will need to know the volume of the land record for the state (use table below) and

Bureau of Land Management Tract Books Coverage Table