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About the Revolutionary War Land Office Military Certificates

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About the Collection

Land Office military certificates are printed forms on which the names of Revolutionary War officers, soldiers, and sailors are recorded as well as details of their service in the State or Continental line including rank and length of service. In order to receive bounty lands for Revolutionary War service, a soldier or sailor must have served continuously for at least three years in a Virginia or Continental unit. Service in the militia did not count. The certificates were numbered 1-9926 and cover the period July 14, 1782-August 5, 1876.

After proof of qualifying military service was established and a claim was approved in the Governor's Office, the governor issued a certificate authorizing the Land Office to issue a warrant for bounty lands. The warrant specified the amount of lands to be received and directed the surveyor of lands to set aside that quantity of land in the Virginia Military District in Kentucky and Ohio.

The military certificates are filed in individual folders with the supplemental papers that were presented with the claim other than those that actually proved military service. These supplemental papers may contain genealogical information. Certificates verify Revolutionary War service but not necessarily land ownership since many soldiers or their families sold the warrants to investors or speculators. Bound registers contain recorded information from the certificates and a notation that a specific warrant was issued to the individual for a stated quantity of land. Information concerning the disposition of the warrants is located in the state records of Kentucky and Ohio.

Land Office Military Certificates are part of: Records of the Executive Branch. Land Office (Record Group 4) and are also described in Entry 86 in Virginia Land Office Inventory.

Format of Collection

The originals are loose documents filed in individual folders.

Also available on microfilm: Virginia Land Office. Military Certificates. Reels 1-38.

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