It is important to understand that the information in the LVA database
does not necessarily include all of the personal names or geographic
references that are in the patent or grant. Full abstracts of the
information are available only in those patents and grants abstracted by
Nugent (3 vols.) and the later ones by Hudgins (4 vols of patents-which
complete the patents through 1776 when the colonial land office closed
and one volume of grants which begins in 1779). Users should be aware
that some of the grants issued by the post-colonial land office are
based upon surveys made as early as the 1750s. County survey books if
they survey, can be extremely helpful, especially for the post colonial
Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS
PO Box 1273
Orange, VA 22960
CG, Certified Genealogist, is a service mark of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certified
genealogists after periodic evaluation, and the board name is registered
in the US Patent & Trademark Office.
On 7/8/2012 4:18 PM, Steve Broyles wrote:
I've been spending some time lately using the Virginia Library
and Archives web
site. In particular I've been searching for or verifying patents. The web site can
be a bit mysterious if you're not familiar with it.
1. This link gets you to the online catalog. It's the least useful of the links for
I do, but it can be convenient way to locate all patents that mention a particular name,
county, and range of dates.
Select the Images and Indexes tab, then select Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants
enter your search terms and date range.
2. If you want to read a particular patent and you know the book and page number,
here's the link you want:
I use this a fair amount to confirm the abstracts of particular patents. The patents in
Deed Data Pool give the book and page numbers, so this is how you can verify patents of
particular interest to you.
3. And here's the search page I use most of the time. It doesn't handle date
link #1 above, but you can enter a person's name (last name first), and it will show
that reference that person. You can also do straight searches for words or phrases.
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