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




Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau of Archives and History
Pennsylvania State Archives

Records of the Land Office
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The Pennsylvania State Archives holds the following warrantee township maps, which show all original land purchases from the Proprietors or the Commonwealth made inside the boundaries of present-day townships. In essence, these maps serve as a summary and geographical index for the warrants, surveys and patents held by the State Archives. Information usually shown for each tract of land includes: name of warrantee, name of patentee, number of acres, name of tract, and dates of warrant, survey and patent. Survey and patent numbers also may be given.

Warrantee maps have been produced ONLY for the specific townships in the counties listed in the links above. When the Land Office began fashioning these useful tools, there was no “master plan” governing which townships were mapped and which were not. Initially, maps were created for counties in which there was a great interest in the original warrantees and patentees, such as Lancaster and Dauphin. The northern tier counties were also mapped because they were deemed to be easier to fabricate, having primarily rectangular tracts of similar sizes. Other township maps were created because their particular county or region was a favorite of a specific Land Office worker. The map project ended in the mid-1990s, with no new warrantee township maps presently being produced by the State Archives.

In addition to the warrantee township maps, the Archives holds connected drafts, worksheets for connected drafts, survey outlines, and various other maps that contain differing amounts of warrant, survey, and patent data. Most of the maps focus on a limited area of warrant tracts within a particular locality, unlike the warrantee township maps, which depict all tracts present within a particular township.

Digital copies are available for all maps, and incur a $5.00 per map charge, plus a $10.00 per-order set-up fee. Each order may also be subject to use fees. Patrons will receive a locked PDF version of the file (no image manipulation or printing allowed) unless the use fees form has been completed, in which case either an unlocked PDF, JPEG, or TIFF file will be provided. To access the form, follow the preceeding “use fees” link.

For digital file delivery, electronic files under 10MB in size can be emailed directly to patrons free of charge. Files greater than 10mb in size may be either shipped on a compact disc (with a shipping/handling fee based on the total cost of the order included) or placed an a specified FTP site. All mail orders must be paid by check ONLY, with the check made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and sent to:

Pennsylvania State Archives
350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090

Please call (717) 783-3281 with any questions or to place a map order.

Section of the City of Pittsburgh's Warrantee Township Map

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