Thanks so much for the ideas on locating sources for Wake County, NC
land records. I will email Larry Odzak as you suggested. As you mention
the copies of land records which I copied at Raleigh are very hard to
read. I have been wishing that I had copied the information to a
notebook instead of relying on the copies. I know that they have some
land records on microfilm in Salt Lake City. I haven't been successful
in locating one for Wake County at present. Another visit to Raleigh is
what I need. Since my last trip over ten years ago I have learned more
about what I need. Thanks for your help.
I am working on Chatham County, next to Wake. The Chatham County
Register of Deeds Office will send you copies of deeds for .25 per
page but you can't just request copies of land grants, you have to
order by name. I've been told how-ever that Wake County will not do
that, but that they have copies of the grants. I paid someone to copy
a few at the NC Archives and they are of such poor quality that I can
barely make them out.
I have considered ordering the films from the NC Archives which are
the surveyors copy. The films are $10 or $12 but I don't know if they
have them microfilmed by county, I don't believe they are. I do know
they won't be copying any microfilm again until May as they moved
their equipment to another part of the archives.
You could email Larry Odzak at the archives, larry.odzak(a)ncmail.com
and he can tell you if they are microfilmed by county.
I also know that some library systems in NC have copied the Land
Grants for their county, and have them either on microfilm or just
loose copies at the libraries. Some will copy them for a very small fee.
----- Original Message ----- From: "g purdy" <genpurdy(a)ecentral.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006 9:43 AM
Subject: [DMU] NC-Wake Co Early Land Grants
> The post on Georgia early land grants made me wonder if there is a
> similar source for Wake County, NC (area south of Raleigh). A cousin
> sent me a copy of part of a hand drawn map of some early land grants
> around Raleigh. The map is wonderful, showing names of early settlers
> that I have seen in my research there and names of neighbors of my
> ancestors. This map was a version of what I have been trying to do
> using Deed Mapper for the area on both sides of Swift Creek and
> south. While in Raleigh a few years ago, I copied my ancestors land
> records and have been working to place them, but I need to expand
> that. Does anyone know of anything that would aid me in my effort? I
> know I need to locate other early records to add to the ones I
> copied. Deed Mapper is a great program. I have used it to plot land
> of my families in Walker Co, AL, Benton Co, MO and Marshall Co, IN.
> North Carolina is a bit more difficult because the deeds are not
> available on the BLM records or any other source on the Internet that
> I am aware of. Does any one have any ideas that might help? Thank you
> for any help you can provide.
> Geneva Purdy
> Littleton, Colorado
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