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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Acquittance and Excess Acreage Registers, 1960-1999


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Registers of Acquittance and Excess Acreage, 1960-1999



Overview

Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Title: Acquittance and Excess Acreage Registers
Inclusive Dates: 1960-1999
Abstract: 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. This volume is the only extant register and covers 1960-1983. The Excess Acreage Log records where and how much land is in excess, 1965-1999.
Identification: LGR.DOA
Quantity: 3.2 Linear feet, (2 oversized boxes)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

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

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Scope and Contents note

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:


  1. Date
  2. County
  3. File Number
  4. Serial Number (same as Deed Number)
  5. Deed Number
  6. Volume
  7. Fee Paid

Entries for the Excess Acreage Log contain the following information:


  1. Applicant Number
  2. Applicant Name
  3. County
  4. Section/Block Numbers
  5. Certificate (for some)
  6. Original Grantee Name
  7. Acres
  8. File Number
  9. Date Received
  10. Comments (Price of the excess (for some))

The volume column relates to the 21 volumes that hold the original contracts in the Patent Room, OVR.

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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

Deed of Acquittance
Land ownership--Texas
Land Patents
Land titles--Texas
Public Lands--Texas.
Registers (lists)
School lands
Volumes (documents by form)

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Related Material

21 volumes entitled "Deeds of Acquittance" contains copies of the contracts referenced in the Register. The volumes are located in the Patent Room, OVR and accessible to the public on-site in the Research Room of the Texas General Land Office.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Deeds of Acquittance Register (LGR.DOA). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Acquittance and Excess Acreage Registers, 1960-1999

Oversized Box
OS 92 Deeds of Acquittance Register, Volume 3, January 4, 1960-May 21, 1983
Oversized Box
OS 93 Excess Acreage Log, 1965-1999

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