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"The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) - 1785 To Present" Part 2 of 2

  • Feb 15, 2017 (10:30 - 12:00 pm CT; 9:30 - 11:00 am MT)
    Webinar (desktop or laptop access)


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This 90 minute presentation will provide a brief overview of the purpose and importance of the Rectangular Survey System and its impact on land development throughout most of the United States. We will discuss the importance of Federal land title records, the organizations that created Federal land title records and how to find Federal land title records. We will use examples from the BLM Eastern States Office to illustrate situations where finding records impacted land ownership rights. . The purpose of the presentation is to provide an overview of practical PLSS knowledge that will enhance the skills needed to perform land and resource management activities within PLSS states.

Quick Review of Part 1 to set the stage

Why are land title records important?

  • Surveyors
  • Land owners
  • State and local authorities
How we find Federal records today is highly dependent on when and who created them.

Overview of land office Organization

  • Department of Treasury
  • General Land Office
  • Department of Interior
  • Bureau of Land Management
Land title records resources



Dominica VanKoten, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Bureau of Land Management.

Target Audience

Surveyors, designers, rights-of-way personnel, and construction field staff.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050