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Nemaha County, Kansas

Land Grant Records Survey

Nemaha County Recorder of Deeds

Nemaha County Courthouse
Seneca, KS

The early land records for Nemaha County Kansas include two different books of maps. One book contains the field notes of the surveys of the base line through ranges 14, 13, 12, and 11 east of the 6th prime meridian. This book of maps does not contain any reference to land owners, but does contain a good description of the landforms and waterways.

The second book shows the section, township and range boundaries as well as the creeks, rivers and various trails through the county. This book would be very helpful in documenting the location of the immigrant and military trails which crisscrossed the county. Included in the book is the identity of the surveyors, the dates of their contract, and the date of each survey. Many of these surveys are dated in 1857. Even though the county was sparsely settled in 1857, these maps do indicate several land holdings. Accompanying this book of maps is an Original Entries Book, a land entry book for the deeds of these early land owners.

The recorder of deeds also has the Land District Record Book for the Kansas Territory, Office of Land District Recorder for the Delaware Land District. The records in this book begin in 1858 and were recorded by Ira Norris, recorder.

The early books do contain both certificates and patents for the transfer of the land from the federal government to individuals. Patents were recorded in the same deed books as warranty and other types of deeds.

Oct. 1995

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