Microfilm Publications Concerning Spanish Private Land Grant Claims.
National Archives, San Bruno, CA.
From 1769 to 1846, the Spanish and Mexican governments granted 588 land grants encompassing 14,000 square miles in California. Shortly after the U.S. Government recognized the land grants, litigation over land ownership began to appear in the courts. These court records are available for researchers at the National Archives. This guide is an index to the land claim dockets on microfilm. The contents include the following:
Bureau of Land Management:
1. T-910 California Private Land Claims Dockets, 117 rolls
2. I-17 Spanish Archives, 14 rolls
Records of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and Predecessor Courts.
California Private Land Claim Docket Roll List
Spanish Archives Roll List
Private Land Grant Case Files in the Circuit Court of the Northern District of California 1852-1910 Roll List
Indexes to Grants and Claims, Board of California Land Commissioner Dockets
Index to Grants, which lists the names of the grants in alphabetical order and its docket number.
Index to Claimants, which lists the names of the claimants in alphabetical order and its docket number.
Use this guide to help find the docket number for the name of the land grant or name of the land owner so that you can find the court record on the microfilm.
Some California libraries that have the above item:
- San Bruno, National Archives
- Santa Clara, Santa Clara Library, GS 929.3794 F29