Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services - Real Estate - Sales of Surplus State Real Property
Land Management
Historic Colonial and New York State Land Records
The OGS Bureau of Land Management is the descendant of a long history in the management of New York State's publicly-owned lands dating back nearly four centuries to when the Dutch West India Company created the Surveyor General's Office in 1642. As such, OGS holds a large collection of both current and historic records that are available for view by educators, researchers or other interested parties. Listed below is a sample of items in this collection:
  • Maps from the Secretary of State's Office, late 1700s to mid-1800s
  • Minutes of the Commissioners of the Land Office and Land Board, 1784-1959
  • Lands Under Water Application Survey Maps, 1786-present
  • Lands Under Water Index Maps, 1900-present
  • Card Index of Land Sales* for both state and private land, 1650s-present
  • Abandoned canal maps
  • Transfer of jurisdiction maps
  • 1829 Surveyor General's Atlas of Patents
  • State-owned land inventory, deeds and maps
*Private land sales that were recorded here in Albany and not necessarily in the County Clerk's office-late 1600s to early 1800s.
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