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Colonial Land Surveys and Warrants, 1670-1727

This database indexes warrants and surveys of the proprietors of the provinces of East and West New Jersey.  It includes many of New Jersey's earliest extant land records.  To date, the database covers the following books:

East Jersey:

Survey Book L (1675-1688) and O (1670-1716) and Liber II (1670-1727); referred to as "Carteret's Conveyances"),  none of which has been previously indexed in any published source.

West Jersey:

Basse's Book of Surveys (1677-1755)

Entry and postings of additional data will continue as the books are indexed in chronological order.

The database automatically cross-references known and common surname spelling variations as they appear in records.  A search on the surname "Bound", for example, will retrieve the records of the "Bowne" family, a well-documented spelling variation.  Cross-referenced spellings are noted in the name field for each record.  Names in the "Description and Location" field are spelled as they appear in the original records.  Note that, while an effort was made to add variant spellings, the index does not attempt to account for all possible surname variants.  Note also that Indian land may be found by searching on "Indian" in either the name or location fields.

For more information on the records of the New Jersey Proprietors please consult our catalog and guide:

Non-Governmental Records - East and West Jersey Proprietors

Using the Records of the East and West Jersey Proprietors

You may search by any combination of Last Name, First Name, Location, and/or Years.  Entering the initial letter or string of letters into the Name Fields will return all records beginning with that string. To search on a string within a name, simply type "%" followed by the string.

Result sets are limited to 500 records.  Multiple searches may be required to return all possible combinations. Records may be sorted by clicking on the title of each column.

To order copies from this database click "Select" next to each record. 
A list of selected records will appear at the bottom of the page.  Then click "Print Order Form".
A maximum of 5 Records may be selected per request Please read the instructions on the order form carefully.

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