A Guide to the Registers of Acquittance and Excess Acreage, 1960-1999
Under Texas Natural Resources Code Section 51.246, if excess acreage is discovered on titled or patented land, that property is technically still owned by the State. The Excess Acreage log records where and how much land is in excess. The land owner may purchase the excess from the State at market value after which the Commissioner of the General Land Office will issue a Deed of Acquittance relinquishing the excess back to the land owner.
The Deed of Acquittance Register is number 3 of a three volume set of registers. Volumes 1 and 2 no longer exist.
Original Legislation - Section 4, Acts 1939, 46th R.S., ch. 3, General Laws of Texas
Natural Resources Code - Sec. 51.246. ACQUISITION OF DEED OF ACQUITTANCE TO EXCESS ACREAGE
The Deed of Acquittance Register is an index of those land owners who have been granted a Deed of Acquittance for excess acreage by the General Land Office, 1960-1983
The Excess Acreage Log records the excess acreage found on an owner's land, 1965-1999.
Entries for the Deed of Acquittance Registrar contain the following information:
Entries for the Excess Acreage Log contain the following information:
The volume column relates to the 21 volumes that hold the original contracts in the Patent Room, OVR.
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. [#]. Deeds of Acquittance Register (AR.152.AEA). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.
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