West Virginia Land and Property

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After West Virginia became a state, the state government took possession of all unowned land and continued issuing grants. The original state land grants, sales, and surveys for West Virginia are located at:
 
After West Virginia became a state, the state government took possession of all unowned land and continued issuing grants. The original state land grants, sales, and surveys for West Virginia are located at:
  
Office of the State Auditor<br />Capitol Building<br />County Collections Division<br />Building-1 Room W-212<br />Charleston, WV 25305<br />Telephone: 304-558-2251<br />Fax: 304-558-5200
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Office of the State Auditor<br>Capitol Building<br>County Collections Division<br>Building-1 Room W-212<br>Charleston, WV 25305<br>Telephone: 304-558-2251<br>Fax: 304-558-5200
  
 
The [http://www.wvculture.org/HiStory/archivesindex.aspx Archives and History Library] has copies of these records. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of these records, including:
 
The [http://www.wvculture.org/HiStory/archivesindex.aspx Archives and History Library] has copies of these records. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of these records, including:
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* Land grants arranged by counties, 1748-1912 (on 56 FHL films beginning with 521685)
 
* Land grants arranged by counties, 1748-1912 (on 56 FHL films beginning with 521685)
 
* Land sales, 1860-75 (FHL films 558437-39)
 
* Land sales, 1860-75 (FHL films 558437-39)
* Plats and surveys, 1863-89 (FHL film 462959)  
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* Plats and surveys, 1863-89 (FHL film 462959)&nbsp;&nbsp;
  
The office of the state auditor published an index of all identifiable grantees from 1748 to the 1900s in Edgar Barr Sims, ''Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia'' (Charleston, West Virginia: E.B. Sims, 1952; FHL book 975.4 R21w; film 1036828 items 3-4). The grantees are listed alphabetically within the county that issued the grant. The actual grants are on microfilm (see above).  This book is online at a subscription website:
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The office of the state auditor published an index of all identifiable grantees from 1748 to the 1900s in Edgar Barr Sims, ''Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia'' (Charleston, West Virginia: E.B. Sims, 1952; FHL book 975.4 R21w; film 1036828 items 3-4). The grantees are listed alphabetically within the county that issued the grant. The actual grants are on microfilm (see above).&nbsp;&nbsp;This book is online at a subscription website:
  
 
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Information on boundary disputes and county formation data (including maps) is in Edgar Barr Sims, ''Making a State: Formation of West Virginia'' (Charleston, West Virginia: E.B. Sims, 1956; FHL book Q 975.4 R2s). This includes a supplement to the Sims Index (see above).
 
Information on boundary disputes and county formation data (including maps) is in Edgar Barr Sims, ''Making a State: Formation of West Virginia'' (Charleston, West Virginia: E.B. Sims, 1956; FHL book Q 975.4 R2s). This includes a supplement to the Sims Index (see above).
  
For more information on land grants see the [http://www.familysearchwiki.org/resolveuid/4e1c7f8f11cb7946a951def5c86f24ee Virginia Research Outline] and the [http://www.familysearchwiki.org/../united-states-research-outline United States Research Outline.  ]
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For more information on land grants see the [http://www.familysearchwiki.org/resolveuid/4e1c7f8f11cb7946a951def5c86f24ee Virginia Research Outline] and the [http://www.familysearchwiki.org/../united-states-research-outline United States Research Outline.&nbsp;&nbsp;]
  
 
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Land Grants

In 1744 Virginia encouraged the settlement of western Virginia by offering land speculators 1,000 acres for each family they brought to settle the frontier. These speculators organized land companies, such as the Greenbriar Company and the Loyal Land Company of Virginia. These companies surveyed the land and sold the surveys to individuals who obtained title by patent from the Secretary of the Colony or, after 1779, from the Virginia Land Office. By 1754 over 2 1/2 million acres had been granted to land companies.

The first warrants for military bounty land in present-day West Virginia were issued in 1782 through the Virginia Land Office. Many soldiers sold their warrants to speculators who resold the land to others (see West Virginia Military Records).

After West Virginia became a state, the state government took possession of all unowned land and continued issuing grants. The original state land grants, sales, and surveys for West Virginia are located at:

Office of the State Auditor
Capitol Building
County Collections Division
Building-1 Room W-212
Charleston, WV 25305
Telephone: 304-558-2251
Fax: 304-558-5200

The Archives and History Library has copies of these records. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of these records, including:

  • Land grants arranged by counties, 1748-1912 (on 56 FHL films beginning with 521685)
  • Land sales, 1860-75 (FHL films 558437-39)
  • Plats and surveys, 1863-89 (FHL film 462959)  

The office of the state auditor published an index of all identifiable grantees from 1748 to the 1900s in Edgar Barr Sims, Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia (Charleston, West Virginia: E.B. Sims, 1952; FHL book 975.4 R21w; film 1036828 items 3-4). The grantees are listed alphabetically within the county that issued the grant. The actual grants are on microfilm (see above).  This book is online at a subscription website:

http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=BookList&dbid=25647&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0

Information on boundary disputes and county formation data (including maps) is in Edgar Barr Sims, Making a State: Formation of West Virginia (Charleston, West Virginia: E.B. Sims, 1956; FHL book Q 975.4 R2s). This includes a supplement to the Sims Index (see above).

For more information on land grants see the Virginia Research Outline and the United States Research Outline.  

Transfers of Land between Individuals

Land transactions after the original patent was issued have been recorded in county deed books (often titled land books). You can obtain copies by contacting the appropriate clerk's office—usually the clerk of the circuit court.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of the pre-1900 records for most counties. From Kanawha County, for example, the library has 200 microfilms of lease records (1865-1906), release books (1866-1909), trust deeds (1855-1910), deeds (1790-1946), and homesteads (1874-1944).

Online Resources

http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwehave/

http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvmorgan/sims/Sims.htm

http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvminera/simsindex.htm

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