Index (persons) to warrants 6 PDF files (538 MB total) Also listed under SE36
Originals (in order of usefulness): SE23: Patent records (next) S1285: Warrants (paper, 1699-1793 scanned and available @ Archives) SM230: Warrant record, 1681-1685, WC#4 (scanned microfilm) S23:Warrant record, 1661-1967, not scanned.
Patent books Put online on July 30, 2020 at my request. 184 PDF files (about 30 GB total)
For those after about 1720, see BA Patented and Unpatented Certificates above. Confusion factor: patent books are also listed in series S11 and SM2, which each give slightly different information concerning availablity. (See Patent records helper above.)
Old patent books. First 16 (1657-1683) are online (1.9 GB total). Include warrants, etc.
The certs and patents were transcribed starting in about 1726 and are in SE23. These "old" books are in amazingly good condition. They can be referenced if pages are missing in SE23. Most of these have an index for that Book, but search through all pages of the indexes, as there are multiple in some books.
Challenges to patents. List gives name of tracts, people involved - but no data online. Hint: Go to bottom to change display to 1000 per page, so all 821 items are displayed, so you can use the Browser's search function on the whole list.
Unfortunately, the Archives has made these indexes very difficult to use.
Sometimes the link in the 1st column returns a list of groups of hundreds of entries by number (e.g., 200-299) with no names, so you have to hunt for the one you want, knowing that they are in alphabetical order. And when you get to a page that is supposed to display a range of a hundred entries, the messed-up sorting ends up with a jumble, for example selecting 1-99 gives a list starting with 11-49, then 6, 7, and 8, continuing with 83-89, then 9, 1 (listed twice), then others. To make matters worse, sometimes the same link returns a completely unknown form for entering a "filter", with no hint on how to use the form.
Clicking on the link in the 3rd column returns a strange list in "MSA Citation" order, which has no relation to reality. Reordering (by clicking on a heading) does not result in any meaningful order.
You can instead use Advanced Search to determine the Patented or Unpatented Certificate number and link to data. Enter the name or part of the name.
Best choice: use the links in the 4th column for a single, proper, easy to use, numerical list (which is alphabetical) that I created.
Alphabetical list by tract name (by County) 11,358 items, provides name, area, liber/folio of certificates and patents, no data online. Very large, so use only if you a desperate!
This data contains lots of entries for parcels that are no longer in Baltimore County. Hopefully, some day, this will provide links to images. Until then, use SE23 or Patented/Unpatented Certificates above.
My consolidated, simplified, smaller list (BA) is here
This link is rather useless! And strangely, it is different than the S1582 link above. Each time it is clicked, it may lead to a different display, apparently dependent on what you did before (as saved in a "cookie"). Sometimes, it leads to a form, with no instructions on how to use it. When it does manage to display a list of "books", achievable only after deleting the "cookie" plats.msa.maryland.gov, the list is sort of reverse chronological order (by Liber) (but not in any rational order by Liber name) and then by folio within each liber of those in Baltimore County - it is hard to use since it is broken up into small pieces (one per liber) and each is not in any recognizable sequence - and does not provide links to online data anyway. Besides, it has serious mistakes, e.g., clicking on what should be Liber "6 (1663)" returns a long list of 284 entries that includes Libers 6, BC&GS#6, EE#6, EI#6, GGB#6, PL#6, and Y&S#6. Only one entry is actually in "Liber 6".
During the most recent re-bindings of this material, it appears that the books were mislabeled, resulting in the material in the book labeled GGB A being what should be in GGB B, and vice versa. GGB C is those not in Baltimore County when the book was transcribed from the originals (about 1835). E-mail me if you need a photo-copy of any lease.
Note: The following 7 items include multiple versions and copies of indexes for the same set of land records. I have tried to make sense out of them and provide clarification here, but have not succeeded. You should look through all of the indexes for the time period you're interested in. I hope these notes help.
Only one online is 1822 petition and survey to straighten Old Court Road, now Joppa Road, Towson to Perry Hall. Rest not online, but list gives details such as plaintiff, defendant, parcel name or subject
2 files. Contains: File #1 (12 MB): Archer's Index [images 5-124]
List of 915 Patented Certificates as of 1928 [images 128-183]
List of 528 Unpatented Certificates as of 1928 [images 184-218]
File #2 (5.6 MB):
List of patents and unpatented not listed above (see image 1 for notes) most prior to 1774
10 files, 152 MB total (Mostly Harford County.) Transcription of surveyor's books of Thomas White, Daniel Scott, David & William Clark, John Love, James Calder & Patrick Doran, and James Steel and a set labeled Harford Colonial Certificates.
60 PDF files (50-100 MB each). Ones for Baltimore County:
SM130-6, 1658-1773, index and folios 191-283 [images 36-128]
SM130-7, 1658-1771, index and folios 284-568 [20-306]
SM130-27, 1733-1774, index and folios 1-417 [24-445]
SM130-28, 1733-1774, index and f. 301-613 [16-323]
SM130-29, 1753-1770, index and f. 1-300 [17-319]
SM130-30, 1733-1774, index and folios 1-243 [14-257]
SM130-31, 1774-1790, index and folios 1-47 and 48-66 [9-65]
Index 65, links to AoMOL Vol 81, which then provides 1 small file per county
Provides owner's name, tract name, size, hundred, page number in record. Go to Archives to view originals in S1161-18 through -29 (microfilm SCM871, which has been scanned) Hopefully, these will be put online soon! Downloaded and reformatted copy:
These have been moved! They can now be found only at plats.net. At the top, obscured in the yellow bar, "State Highway Plats" is a link to a search form. Use the "By Plat Number" field or click on one of the Series numbers listed below it.
From Plat books 15-21 and other plats. Order of list is Plat Books 15, 15A, 15B, 15C, 15D, TBS16, GLB1-21, R1A, R1, and then right-of-way plats about #10550 to #50000 in no particular order. Contains interstates and State roads.