Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau of Archives and History
Pennsylvania State Archives
Below are links to the indexes and interfaces for the scanned pages of the West Side Applications register, which contains complete abstracts of all 5,595 West Side Applications--representing a new application system for patents that was implemented in 1765 and was first used for settling unwarranted land on the western side of the Susquehanna River. The purpose of the new process was to avoid overloading the Land Office, and the first step in the process was making a formal application. The applicant was to appear in person at the Land Office in Philadelphia, at which time the application was recorded in a special book. Copies of applications were sent to the surveyor general who noted their receipt and assigned orders for surveys of each to be completed within six months. After the survey was completed and the applicant produced a certified statement regarding the land and paid the receiver general, a warrant was sent to the surveyor general who then sent a return of survey back to the Land Office for issue of a patent. Information contained in each application abstract shown on these scanned pages includes the date, application number, applicant name, number of acres, description of property, and the township and county (at the time of application, that is) in which it was located.
The West Side tracts lie inside the present day counties of York, Adams, Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon, Cumberland, Perry, Juniata, Snyder, Union, and the southern portions of Mifflin and Centre.
The West Side Applications Register has two sections, links to which appear
Full information for each application is given only in the numerical listing
of applications. If the application number is not known, consult the name
index first. The name index is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the
applicant.. More specifically, entries are grouped by the first letter of a
person's surname, and thereunder arranged chronologically in rough numerical
order by application number.