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The state land office was established in 1682 by William Penn. Original deeds and patents were recorded by this office.
The state land office is now called the Bureau of Land Records. Extensive files of the bureau's records have been transferred to the State Archives. Many records have been scanned and are now searchable on the [httphttps://www.portal.statephmc.pa.usgov/portalPages/serverdefault.pt?open=512&objID=1592&&PageID=259963&mode=2 aspx Pennsylvania Historial and Museum Commission website].  The Family History Library has copies of many of these records (on over 1,000 microfilms), including:
*Pennsylvania. Board of Property. ''Board of Property Papers, 1682-1850.'' {{FHL|8571|item|disp=FHL film 988274 (first of 19 films)}}. These loose papers involving land disputes are mostly in chronological order. They can contain valuable genealogical and historical information. There is no index to these records, but some of the documents have been extracted in ''Pennsylvania Archives'', series 3, vols. 1. (1681-1739, 1765-1791) and 2 (1792-1795). (see [[Pennsylvania Genealogy|Pennsylvania Genealogy]]). {{FHL|481905|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 A39p ser. 3, vols. 1-2}} and {{FHL|481905|item|disp=FHL film 824426 items 1-2}}. There are documents on the films that are not in the books and visa-versa, so both books and films should be used together. The indexes in the books may be used to access the records on the films with a little bit of searching. For example, finding a name in the book index may lead to records in the films covering the same time period. The books contain mistakes.
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