Sought after historical land records are now available to the public via the Commissioner of State Lands website according to Land Commissioner Mark Wilcox. Surveyors, genealogists and historical researchers are able to go online at www.cosl.org and click on Historical Land Records for a first-hand look at deed information, patent information, maps and notes on file at the State Land Office.
Included in the records are New Madrid Claims from 1815, Seminary Land Records (1827), Spanish Land Grants, Lovely Donations (1828) 16th Section Lands (1829), Saline Lands (1832), State Bank Lands (1836), Internal Improvement Lands (1841), Swamp Lands and Military Bounty Lands. Coming soon are the Louisiana Purchase Field Notes which are some of the earliest records on file dating back to the first survey of the Louisiana Purchase Territory in 1815. "Restoring and making these records available on-line has been a priority during my tenure as Land Commissioner," said Wilcox. "I am very proud of the fact that Arkansans now have easy access to these records because they are not only the best source of accurate, original land survey information in the state, but they also provide a fascinating glimpse into the character of land in mid-19th century Arkansas," Wilcox added. He said that anyone with a computer can now view historical documents that have been restored and photographed by Arkansas's only certified paper conservator, Bob Devan.