Land Records
About the Land Records
The first official survey of Florida was performed around 1824. The original survey notes and plats have been preserved and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has made these General Land Office (GLO) Early Records available to the public in electronic format.
Certified Corner Records have been collected since 1977 and are updated regularly. All records use the recently adopted land identification program sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management.
Explanation of the Florida Public Land Survey System's Unique Identifier Program Chart overlaying the legacy township descriptors (A01, B13, etc.) with the new BLM Identifiers
Certified Corner Records
Search by Township/Range or Document Number.
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Search by Document Number, Township-Range-Section, or Bureau of Land Management Identifier (BLMID).
Document Number:
Township/Range or BLMID: T S N
R E W
(optional)

Use leading zeroes (2 digits) for Township and Range
Sample BLMID: T01NR01E500400
Note: If a point is not found, remember to search adjacent townships.
Download the CCR Databases
The scanned CCR images are located in the section below titled "Images for All Documents".

CCR records are tied to the Bureau of Land Management Identifier (BLMID). This process requires two databases:
  • A dbf file of CCRs recorded to date. Although this database is not a shapefile, the geographic location of the point can be determined through the Bureau of Land Management Identifier (BLMID).
    Filename: ccp_xxxx.* (dbf or zip)
  • A shapefile (GIS format) of Florida's Public Lands System (PLS). This GIS file contains all BLMIDs for Florida. The attribute table contains the CCR numbers (from the above table) for corner record(s) assigned to each BLMID.
    Filename: pls_ptp_xxxx.* (zip or individual shapefile components)
Note that surveyors are not required to enter coordinates, and few CCR records have coordinate data.

Enter the CCR FTP Site
Download the CCR Forms
Images for All Documents
The databases associated with CCRs are located in the above section titled "Download the CCR Databases."

The images in this FTP site are electronic copies of the original documents submitted to the Bureau of Survey and Mapping. All Certified Corner document images are available for download.

Images are named by the document number plus page number. Leading zeroes are added so that all filenames are 8 characters in length. For example, Document #12345 Page 1 is named 00123451.tif; Page 2 is 00123452.tif.
The images are organized into two folders:
  • bydocno - Contains images ordered by CCR document number
  • bycounty - Contains images within counties
Each image is scanned in TIFF format. Because the scanning process has been ongoing since the 1990s, there are several versions of TIFF that occur throughout this collection. It is possible that certain graphic viewing programs may not be able to read all versions of TIFF. If this happens, try using a different TIFF viewing program.

Viewing Requirements: Any graphics viewing program that can read a TIFF file will work. Many are free of charge.

If you receive a QuickTime error It is because QuickTime has become the default viewer for TIFF and QuickTime is not able to read TIFF files.

Short-term solution:
  • RIGHT-click on the TIFF file and download it to your computer
  • Open a TIFF viewer of your choice
  • Load the TIFF file that you just downloaded
Long-term solution:
  • Re-associate your web browser to open TIFFs with your software choice
  • Re-associate TIFFs for your computer as well
Enter the CCR FTP Site


General Land Office (GLO) Early Records
Original survey of Florida from around 1824. Data consists of the original township plats, surveyor field notes, and original sales plats.

Search by Township/Range or by Volume.
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This search returns original survey plats, original field notes, and original sales plats for a selected Township/Range. This search includes half townships.

Township: S N
Range: E W

Scroll down to view results.
This search returns all pages within a volume (essentially a scanned reproduction of an archived volume). Consult the "Instructions for Finding Plats and Field Notes" (above) for more information on navigating these pages.

Results open in a new window.

Volume:
Instructions for Finding Plats & Field Notes
Instructions Given to Surveyors
General Instructions (Manual)
General Instructions were given to the Surveyor By Year

1819
1831
1842
1845
1850
1855
1864
1881
1890
1894
1902
1973

Special Instructions
Special Instructions were given to surveyors for a particular project.
Select year OR surveyor to view the applicable special instructions.