New Resource: U.S. Land Patents for Monroe County

This index, compiled by Lee Ehman, contains all of the original sales of Monroe County land from U.S. Land Offices during the 1800’s. It was compiled from the searchable online database maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

This index augments information from the Research Library’s index of Monroe County land records from Deed Books A through Z, 1818 to 1870. Together, the two indexes cover all Monroe County land sales and purchases recorded during this period.

The link (only accessible if using the excel version found on the indexes and resources page of our website) in the left-hand column of the index takes you to the Bureau of Land Management record of the land sale. In addition to the Patent Details page first shown, you can obtain a scanned copy of the actual land sale document (Patent Image tab).

Post submitted by Lee Ehman (Library Volunteer)

Early Monroe County Plat Maps

Both David Lemon and Randi Richardson (the MCHC Library Volunteer of the Year) mentioned that they had seen information about the layout or plat maps of various towns within the Monroe County Land Records. I did some searching on the MCHC Research Library’s index: Land Records Index (c. 1811- 1870) and was pleasantly surprised. Thus far, I have found plat maps for Bloomington, Seminary Square, Graham’s Reserve, Ellettsville, Mount Tabor, Palestine, Fleeners Burg, Buena Vista, Unionville, Chapel Hill, Wayport, and Smithville plus several “additions.”

Because the Cemetery Committee had worked on the Mount Tabor Cemetery (Switzer/Hite) recently, I will use it as an example. The map featured in this post appears on C87 in Deed Book C. Located in Bean Blossom Township, Mount Tabor was quite a village between 1820 and 1850.

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