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New York State Secretary of State Geographical Indexes to Patents

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series contains geographical indexes to lands conveyed by the State of New York by letters patent. Information includes: lot number; acreage; name of patentee; date of patent; and volume and page number reference to the patent in series 12943, Letters Patent.
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Quantity:
0.7 cubic feet (2 volumes) Copies: 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm
Inclusive Dates:
1664-1899
Series Number:
A3121

Arrangement

A3121-15: Alphabetical.

Scope and Content Note

This series is a geographical index to lands conveyed by the State of New York by letters patent. The tracts are entered in no particular order, but the lots in each tract are listed in numerical order with acreage. If the lot was purchased, the book gives the name of grantee, date of patent, and reference to book and page in "Letters Patent" (Series 12943).

The book lists the patentees of lots in the following tracts: Old Military Tract, North Riverhead Tract, Moose River Tract, Canastota Tract, Chemung Township, Canadian and Nova Scotian Refugee Tract, Benson Township, Oswego Village (East and West), Black Rock Village and Onondaga Salt Springs Reservation, as well as the Oneida, Cayuga, St. Regis, and Fish Creek Indian Reservations and many smaller patents. A small paperbound index in the front of the book lists page numbers of these and other smaller tracts. The volume was rebound pursuant to the Laws of 1819.

A3121-15: The compilation of this volume appears to have preceded that of the geographic index to patents in accretion A3121-78. A note at the front of the volume indicates that all entries are to be made in the "new volume of abstracts." Moreover, the entries that comprise the alphabetical index at the front contain penciled-in page number references that match exactly with the page number references in accretion A3121-78. For each tract of land, the following information is given: lot number, number of acres, name of patentee, date of patent, and reference to book and page in "Letters Patent" (Series 12943). While the entries in the volume are arranged alphabetically by tract of land or name of patent, there are some entries that are out of sequence at the end of the volume.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

A3121-15: Microfilm is not available for duplication or interlibrary loan.

Alternate Formats Available

A3121-15: Microfilm was produced by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Microfilmed in part at the Department of State in 1973 by the Genealogical Society of Utah, microfilm reel 947116 (item 2) (A3121-15 accession only, one-volume index to patents by tract). Cataloged by the GSU as part of a collection called “Patents of the State of New York, 1649-1912.” GSU microfilm has been digitized by FamilySearch. Images can be viewed online at FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries (including the New York State Archives and the New York State Library).

Related Information

Other finding aids

A3121-78: A small paperbound index in the front of the book lists page numbers of tracts.

A3121-15: An alphabetical index at the front of the volume gives tract of land or patent and corresponding page number, as well as a penciled-in page number reference to the entry in the volume that comprises accretion A3121-78.

Custodial History

A3121-15: This accretion was microfilmed along with series A0479, Index to deeds and mortgages, and series A0481, List of land sold for arrears of quit rents.

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