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Records of the Bureau of Land Management, (Record Group 49) held in NARA's Great Lakes Region (Chicago, IL)

Records of the General Land Office, 1800-1908

Land Offices in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin

The National Archives and Records Administration-Great Lakes Region's General Land Office (GLO) archival holdings are comprised of 128 bound volumes created by local offices in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Our holdings do not include records for Michigan. Most of the volumes record entries for cash payments, credit certificates, and purchase applications. A few volumes contain copies of correspondence, homestead information, and abstracts of land warrants. Overall, the information is generally limited to the name of the purchaser or grantee, the county of residence at the time of purchase, a legal description of the land, and the certificate number.

Illinois

  1. Chicago, 1835-1855
    • Local Office Abstract of Cash Entries, 1835-1855. 4 volumes—122-125.
    • Abstracts of Warrant Locations, 1847. 1 volume—126.
  2. Danville, 1831-1856
    • Cash Certificates, 1833-1856. 3 volumes—1-3.
  3. Dixon, 1840-1855
    • Cash Certificates, 1841-1855. 4 volumes—4-7.
  4. Edwardsville, 1816-1855
    • Cash Certificates, 1816-1849. 3 volumes—8-10.
    • Declarations, 1821-1822. 2 volumes—13-14.
    • Local Office Copies of Declarations for Further Credit, 1821. 1 volume—117.
    • Relinquishments, 1821-1829. 3 volumes—11-12, 119.
  5. Galena, 1835-1840
    • Cash Certificates, 1835-1837. 1 volume—15.
  6. Galena-Dixon, 1840-1855
    • Cash Certificates, 1837-1841. 1 volume—16.
  7. Kaskaskia, 1819-1855
    • Applications to Purchase, 1814-1818. 2 volumes—20-21.
    • Cash Certificates, 1820-1855. 1 volume—22.
    • Credit System Receipts, 1814-1820. 1 volume—17.
    • Declarations and Relinquishments, 1821. 1 volume—18.
    • Receivers Cash Account Book, 1819-1822. 1 volume—19.
    • Relinquishments, 1828-1829. 2 volumes—23-24.
  8. Palestine, 1821-1855
    • Cash Certificates, 1821-1851. 2 volumes—25-26.
  9. Quincy, 1831-1855
    • Cash Certificates, 1831-1855. 4 volumes—27-30.
  10. Shawneetown, 1814-1855
    • Cash Certificates, 1820-1855. 2 volumes—31-32.
  11. Springfield, 1823-1876
    • Cash Certificates, 1823-1876. 2 volumes—33-34.
  12. Vandalia, 1821-1855
    • Cash Certificates, 1821-1855. 4 volumes—35-38.

Indiana

  1. Crawfordsville, 1823-1853
    • Cash Certificates, 1820-1853. 5 volumes—39-43.
  2. Fort Wayne, 1823-1852
    • Cash Certificates, 1823-1853. 4 volumes—44-47.
  3. Indianapolis, 1825-1876
    • Cash Certificates, 1820-1876. 4 volumes—48-50, 52.
    • Abstracts of Warrant Locations, 1847-1869. 1 volume—51.
  4. Jeffersonville, 1808-1855
    • Cash Certificates, 1820-1854. 3 volumes—54-56.
    • Credit Certificates, 1808-1811. 1 volume—53.
    • Abstracts of Warrant Locations, 1847-1855. 1 volume—57.
  5. Laporte, 1833-1839
    • Cash Certificates, 1836-1842. 5 volumes—58-60, 63-64.
  6. Laporte-Winamac, 1833-1855
    • Cash Certificates and Warrant Locations, 1833-1854. 1 volume—62.
  7. Vincennes, 1807-1859
    • Cash Certificates, 1820-1859. 4 volumes—66-69.
    • Credit Applications, 1808-1811. 1 volume—65.
    • Local Office Receivers Returns, 1807-1817. 1 volume—115—in 3 parts—1-3.
    • Abstracts of Warrant Locations, 1847-1855. 1 volume—71.
  8. Winamac, 1840-1855
    • Cash Certificates, 1842-1855. 2 volumes—70, 72.

Minnesota

  1. Forest City, 1855-1882
    • Docket of Cash Entries, 1855-1882. 1 volume—118.

Ohio

  1. Canton, 1806-1811.
    • Credit Applications, 1806-1811. 1 volume—89.
  2. Chillicothe, 1801-1824
    • Credit Applications, 1801-1813. 5 volumes—81-85.
    • Credit Certificates, 1801-1811. 7 volumes—74-77, 79-80, 86.
    • Credit Final Certificates, 1813-1824. 3 volumes—78, 87-88.
  3. Cincinnati, 1801-1840
    • Credit Applications, 1817-1828. 2 volumes—90-91.
    • Credit Certificates, 1803-1811. 11 volumes—92-102.
  4. Steubenville, 1800-1840
    • Credit Certificates, 1800-1811. 10 volumes—103-112.
  5. Zanesville, 1804-1840
    • Credit Certificates, 1806-1811. 2 volumes—113-114.

Wisconsin

  1. Wausau, 1872-1925
    • Press Copies of Letters Sent, 1888, 1905. 2 volumes—120-121.

Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio

  • Docket of Homestead Entries, 1868-1908. 1 volume—116.


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