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Below are links to scanned materials relative to the Depreciation Land program in Pennsylvania. The program was enacted to help reimburse Pennsylvania's Revolutionary War troops who had received depreciated currency for their pay during the conflict. Veterans who had served in the Continental forces in the Pennsylvania Line, Pennsylvania Navy, or who had been prisoners of war, were eligible to receive what were known as "depreciation certificates." Lands in the area immediately north of Pittsburgh, located between the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers, were sold to raise money to underwrite these depreciation certificates. The Depreciation Lands were divided into five districts, encompassing present-day Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties. For a full synopsis of the Dpreciation Land program, please consult Donna Munger's Pennsylvania Land Records - A History and Guide for Research, pages 159-162.

The volume contains three distinct sections, namely:

The listing of purchasers by surveyor district is organized by district and arranged numerically by lot number, with the index grouped alphabetically by surname of the patentee. The final section is grouped alphabetically by the surname of the purchaser, then arranged numerically by depreciation ticket number.

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PA State Archives Hours, Directions, & Fees Research Topics Finding Aids for Collections Land Records