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If you are not familiar with the North Carolina Land Grant process, there are links to background material on the Resources page.
Each land grant found on this website is represented by a Land Grant File. These files consist of an envelope call a shuck with summary information about the grant written on the front, and various loose documents such as warrants and surveys contained within the shuck. The information from these shucks is available as searchable data for all North Carolina grants. Actual images of all shucks and associated documents are available for Caswell, Mecklenburg, Orange, Person, Wake, and Wilkes Counties. Much of the information contained on the shuck was abstracted from the Land Patent Books where the grant was recorded by the Secretary of State. Images for all existing Land Patent Books are on this website and linked to each grant by book and page number.
STEP 1 - FINDING A LAND GRANT FILE
You know the name of the specific individual receiving the grant
You may list the subjects for all grants, or restrict the list to a specific county and optionally the surrounding counties.
You know the surname of the individual, or you want to find all grants for a specific
You want to find grants for a specific geographical location.
STEP 2 - VIEWING DOCUMENT IMAGES
Once you have found a grant, click on the link in the More... column to display to the page devoted to that grant. This page is known as a "Virtual Shuck" and contains text and images from various sources related to the grant. If images are available, you will see a thumbnail version of each one on that page. Simply click on the thumbnail to open a new page/tab allowing you to view the image at various sizes including full screen. From here you can move forwards and backwards through the selected images and grants, or close the tab to return to the results.
If the images are available but not yet linked to the grant, you will need to go through a quick search process. Click on the Search link, and you will be taken to the approximate spot on the digitized microfilm that will have the grant. Page forwards or backwards through the images to find the file number you are looking for.
Land Patent Book Images
Loose Document Images
Most loose document images are not available on this website.
Content on this website not originating from the State Archives of North Carolina is Copyright 2015 by David M. McCorkle