A Guide to the Galveston Island Lot Records, 1837-1876
In 1837, the western half of Galveston Island was not part of the City of Galveston but was part of the Republic of Texas' vacant public domain (public lands). The land was surveyed and divided into lots by the Republic, with the intent of selling off the lands to raise needed revenue. The lots were sold at auction, though there were few buyers. The Records in this collection represent land sold in that auction.
After the auction, Edward Hall and Levi Jones purchased nearly all of the remaining acreage through the sale of Galveston Scrip. Hall and Jones later surveyed the land and sold lots to individuals.
The Galveston Island Lot Sales Certificates include certificates of purchase from the Republic of Texas Treasury Department indicating that payment had been made for a lot in Galveston. A few files also include affidavits and other items.
Register of Galveston Island Lots bound volume also includes Port Cavallo Lots, Sabine Pass Lots, Matagorda City Lots, and Velasco Town Lots. A surname index at the end gives Name and file number. File number refers to GLO Special Collection series GIL--Galveston Island Lots.
The Index to Patents volume lists original grantee, lot number, page number. The lot and page numbers refer to the Galveston Island Lots Patent Book.
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Galveston Island Lot Records (AR.49). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.
The Sales Certificates have been digitized and are searchable. See the: Texas General Land Office Land Grant Database Input: Class: Galveston Island Lot
The Sales Certificates have been microfilmed. Original reels are stored at TSLAC records center, and duplicate reels are available at TGLO.
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