Did your ancestor ever receive a Land grant from the Spanish Government or the State of Tamaulipas? If your answer is yes then you will likely find it on the website of the Texas General Land Office.
These records don’t offer much genealogical information but they sure add to your family history. They may also lead to other land records or proofs of heirship that do contain genealogical information.
What the Texas General Land Office has to Offer
The Texas land grant database contains over 4,200 land titles issued by Spain and Mexico from 1720 to 1836 covering 26 million acres. It also offers other collections for a total of 656,129 records.
This is an example of one of the results for one of my wife’s ancestors:
|San Patricio 1st
|13 Aug 1881
The above entry also contains a link to a 17 page PDF of the records of confirmation by the State of Texas for the land grant.
The image on top of this post comes from that PDF and it represents the “Los Guages” land grant.
Do Your Search
To conduct your research for Land Grants just click here: Texas General Land Office Land Grant Search
I hope that you find this resource useful and helpful in your research. Let me know about your findings.
Note: This post was first published on September 21, 2011, and last updated on January 18, 2024.