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Overview

Scope and Contents note

Arrangement note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Index to 2nd and 3rd Class Headright Certificates 1837-1880


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

An Index to 2nd and 3rd Class Headright Certificates, 1840s



Overview

Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Title: Index to 2nd and 3rd Class Headright Certificates
Inclusive Dates: 1837-1880
Abstract: The Index lists individuals who received 2nd or 3rd class headright certificates.
Identification: LRG.23C
Quantity: 1.6 Linear feet, (1 oversized box)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

The volume contains much of the same information as a two volume set entitled "Record of Third Class Certificates." However, the Index contains more information and is arranged differently.

It is possible that this volume was used as a means of investigating land fraud. In 1840, "An Act to Detect Fraudulent Land Certificates" ( Acts 1840, 4th R.S., General Laws of Texas) created the traveling board of land commissioners to travel the state auditing certificates issued at the county level.

Whereas the Record set is arranged by surname, the Index is arranged first by County, then by surname. There are additional columns of information. The Remarks column of the Index reads "illegal" next to a few of the certificates listed. There are also pencil marks, check marks, and other additions to the Index clearly made by another hand at another time.

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Scope and Contents note

The Index contains the following information:

  1. Certificate Number
  2. Name
  3. Quantity in acres
  4. Class
  5. County where issued
  6. Date of emigration
  7. Number of Report
  8. Unconditional
  9. Remarks

The Remarks column notes whether a certificate was originally issued as conditional or unconditional. There are a few entries that mark the certificate as "illegal".

For more information about classes of land grant certificates, see here: Categories of Land Grants in Texas.

At the end of the volume is a list of surveyors and contractors who were awarded certificates in lieu of payment to begin work directed by legislation entitled "An Act ot open and establish the Central National Road of the Republic of Texas"( Acts 1844, 8th Congress, Republic of Texas, General Laws of Texas).

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Arrangement note

The Index volume is arranged primarily by county, secondarily loosely alphabetical by surname.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

Unrestricted access.

Conditions Governing Use note

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.).

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Index Terms

Certificates
Indexes
Land Certificates
Land Grants
Land ownership--Texas
Public Lands—Texas.

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Related Material

The two volume set entitled, "Record of Third Class Certificates" located in OVR contains similar information to the Index. The Record volumes contain the following columns of information:

  1. Original Grantee
  2. County located in
  3. Certificate Number
  4. Quantity in acres
  5. Land District
  6. File Number
  7. Where Issued (mostly left blank)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Index to 2nd and 3rd Class Headright Certificates (LRG.23C). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Index to 2nd and 3rd Class Headright Certificates 1837-1880

Oversized Box
OS 85 Index to 2nd and 3rd Class Headright Certificates, 1840s

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