Official Repository - Land Patent Records
When the State of Michigan was authorized under specific federal laws to sell
land and use the proceeds for specific purposes, the first purchaser of such
land was given a numbered certificate as proof of purchase. These certificates
were then surrendered and a land patent issued which could be entered in the
County Register of Deeds records.
When certificates were issued, the number was recorded in the corresponding plat book; when patents were issued, the volume and page number were recorded by the certificate number.
Requests for certified copies of the land patents are received from members of the public and from petroleum companies or others interested in either recording the patent or for personal records.
As of March 1, 1994, all land patent records were transferred to the State Archives, a division of the the Department of Natural Resources. All requests for land patent records should be referred to that agency at (517) 373-1408.