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The Bureau of Land Management is a Federal government office with responsibility for buying, selling and managing public lands.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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STATE Land States are states that owned and distributed their lands. This includes the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They use "metes and bounds" to survey the land.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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FEDERAL Land States were created from public domain, land the United States bought or acquired. The land was divided into territories as it became populated. Survey is done according to the rectangular system.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Bounty Land is public land given by the government to induce young men to join the military. Applicable for soldiers prior to the Civil War.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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A Bounty Land Warrant is a gift of bounty landĀ due to a person entitled by military service.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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In Land Deeds, check to see if buyer and/or seller is from the same area where the land is being sold.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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The most important type of land record is a deed. The deed is a document conveying title of property from one party to another. Deeds establish proof of legal ownership of land.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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The method of survey using a combination of directional and distance measurements with references to natural and artificial objects, that define a tract of land is called "Metes and Bounds".
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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There are 13 eastern public land states east of the Mississippi River: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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An acre is a square measure of land containing 10 square chains, 160 square rods, or 43,560 square feet.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the "Grantor Index", an index to those selling the land and the "Grantee Index", an index to those buying the land.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person's interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Many legal instruments other than deeds appear in deed books. They include Bills of Sale, Prenuptial Agreements, Powers of Attorney, Contracts, Affidavits, Wills and Inventories and Voter and Jury Lists.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016