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Headright and Bounty Plats of Survey, 1783-1909

 

This series consists of original plats of survey for headright and bounty land plats.  They are the copies submitted to the Surveyor General to be recorded in plat books, the official record copy.

 

Beginning in 1783 a man living in Georgia could be granted 200 acres of land on his own head-right and fifty acres for each additional family member, including slaves, up to 1000 acres.  To acquire a land grant an applicant would appear before the land court in the county in which he desired land to obtain a warrant of survey.  The county surveyor then surveyed the land, made a plat of survey, and forwarded a copy of the plat to the Surveyor General to be recorded.  The applicant then applied to the Governor’s office for the grant after he paid all office fees.  The grant was then issued and recorded.

 

The headright and bounty plats depict a tract of land surveyed, including physical features and adjoining land owners.  The document includes the name of the individual for whom the land was surveyed; the number of acres surveyed; the date the warrant was issued for the survey; the date of survey; and the names of the chain carriers and surveyor.  Often the reverse of the plat includes the location of the recorded plat.

 

The documents in this collection are from RG 3-3-26, Surveyor General – Headright and Lottery Loose Plat File.

 

This collection was completed and launched in October 2006.

 

Counties completed include Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Screven, and Wilkes.

 

 

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