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Series Record

Title :
General Land Office field notes
Record Group :
County Auditor
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1856-1913  Begin Date: 1856    End Date: 1913 
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This series consists of handwritten transcriptions of the survey field notes of United States General Land Office surveyors. Two types of surveys are present. Both include notes on, or references to, the natural and built environment (topography, bodies of water, vegetation, soils, trails, roads, settlements) existing at the time of the survey. 1. Traverses performed to locate section corners, to establish river meanders, and to survey shorelines, 1856-1913. The notes are transcribed into six bound volumes arranged by range number (2-11, 13). Range notes are subarranged by township. Index maps at the beginning of township notes provide page references for locating surveys of specific section boundaries within that township. Notes of shoreline and meander surveys are transcribed at the end of township notes. 2. Boundary surveys of donation land claims in King County, 1860-1882. Under the Oregon Donation Land Act of 1850, Congress allowed land in Western territories to be claimed by married and single settlers. The claimants received final title to the land when they had lived on it four years and made certain improvements, or when they purchased their lands in lieu of fulfilling residency requirements. Notes in this volume include, for each claimant, claim and notification numbers, acreage, date of survey, section-township-range information, and claim boundary survey notations. The volume is arranged in general chronological order by date of survey. A name index by claimant surname is present. Related series: 490, Donation Land Claim maps, 1861-1882. Digital versions of notes and township plat maps associated with the traverse surveys are available through the Archives. An index of cultural data (transportation routes, structures, property owner names) present in the survey notes for each section is also available through the Archives.
Physical Description :
7 volumes of textual materials.
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