One of our family history consultants was searching for an ancestor in the panhandle region of Florida. She has had a hard time finding anything on this person. Previously, we had found his land grant on the BLM Government Land Office Records database. This database includes more than five million land title records beginning as early as 1820 as well as many land surveys and field notes going back to 1810. We searched for her ancestor, Willie Kite Vickers and found that he had a land grant in Section 23, Township 1S, Range 12W in Bay County, Florida. His parcel included the southwest quarter of Section 23, approximately 160 acres.
|GLO Records Results for Willie Kite Vickers|
|Land Patent Record for Willie Kite Vickers|
The next tab, Related Documents, leads to some further information including the plat image and surveys.
|Survey Information for Township 1S, Range 12W in Bay County, Florida|
|Willie Vickers Land Grant - cross hatched area|
|Related Documents - Other land owners in this area|
|James Sewell's land patent (Cross hatched Section 22) and Willie Vickers land patent (Section 23)|
I encourage each of you to look into the possibilities of using maps in your research. They are a great tool and provide spatial information that the usual paper records may not.
Good luck, and keep researching.