Searching for Plats
Our newly designed Search Land Records site will allow you to find and access any Land Record, plat, or document from one single location.
This site is specifically designed to search for Master Title Plats
and Historical Index Sheets. You will also be able to find Cadastral Survey plats, Field Notes, Mineral Survey, Mining District
sheets all in the same location.Cadastral
Surveys or Field Note Search. The plats you will find in this site are the same plats
that are located in the Public Room of the Bureau of Land Management Utah State Office. These
plats are scanned in a compressed G4-Tiff format and presented to you in
an image viewer design to view tiff image over the web. The Acordex
Java Image Viewer is explained further on the page. The
Tiff image was selected by the National Archive as the most widely accepted
and perferred image format for scanning and archiving.
Search by Township & Range
The MTP's and HI's are stored by quadrant of the state NE, NW, SE, and
SW, within the survey merdian where they are located. The Salt Lake
Meridan (SLM) and Uintah Special Merdian (USM) are separated so images
with the same number i.e. T.1N., R.1E. will not be confused. Selecting
the correct meridian is critical to locating the right plat. Within
the two meridian folders, plats are filed in sub-folder in township and
range. There are 2664 townships in the SLM and 138 townships in the
USM, so there are that many directories or folders for each meridian.
Once you have entered the Meridian, Township and Range, you will be
presented a table displaying all the plats (i.e. MTPs,Supplementals, Oil & Gas, Coal, etc.)
that have been scanned in your selected township and range. There
can be as many as 30 or 40 plats within these tables, to indentify
the correct plat type you will need to recognize the plat type code to be
able to select the correct plat to be displayed. By clicking on the
image name in the table the image will be displayed in the Acordex Java
Our new Search For Plats site provides a state map which can be used
to locate your desired Township & Range location if you are not familar with the numeric
system describe above. Using the state map you can select the county where you are
searching by clicking on the map, from there a 100k quad map will provide you with the Townships and Ranges
that can narrow your search further. Selecting your desired location from the 100K quad map
by clicking on the Township and Range for your land record, plat, map or document search.
Limiting your search criteria will speed up the results of your search. You can limit your search by selecting
the Land Record Type you are precisely interested in. If you choose to use the --All-- under Land Record Type,
this may result in more data than you need. You can narrow your search for just the precise information by making
your Land Record Type selection before clicking on the "Find" button. For example you may only be interested in
Cadastral Survey plats or field notes, by selecting "Rectangular Survey" under the Land Record Type tab will limit
your search and only retrieve Cadastral Survey plats and field notes for your selected Township and Range.
Note:This feature is only available using the Township and Range entry form and is not available with searches generated
using the States map search picks.
Standard Image File Name
The Standard Image file name above, was developed by the BLM Scanning
Specification Committee. The file name consists of 15 characters. The
first two characters "UT" are
the two letter state abbreviation. i.e. UT = Utah. The third and
fourth characters "26" are the
two digit Meridian Code. i.e. 26 = SLM and 30 = USM. The fifth, sixth
and seventh characters "009"
are the three digit Township number, with leading zeros for township
of single digits. The eighth character "0"
is for fractional townships, "0" is no fraction, 2 is for ½ townships.
The ninth character "N" is
the township direction, N = North, and S = South. The tenth,
eleventh and twelth characters "015"
are the three digit Range number, with leading zeros for ranges of
single digits. The thirteenth character "0"
is for tractional ranges, "0" is no fraction, 2 is for ½ ranges.
The fourteenth character "E"
is the range direction, E = East and W = West. The fifteenth character
"0" is duplicate townships,
"0" is for no duplicate and "2" indicates the second of two duplicate township.
The four characters after the dash are the Plat Type Code and Plat Page
Plat Type Codes
The Plat Type Code is the last 4 digits of the image name. It
can be identified easily because it is separate for the rest of the image
name by a "-". The 4 digit code is broken down into two part:
the first two digits "10" are
the plat type, the second 2 digits "01"
are the Page Number for that plat type. A Plat Type Code of 1001
is the first page of the MTP, and for MTPs that is the only page number
available. Historical Index sheets on the other hand may have numerous
pages, some townships have as many as 30 HI pages. The following is
a table of all the Plat Type Codes used in Utah.
||Plat Type Code
||Plat Type Abbrev.
|Master Title Plat
|Acquired Land HI
|Mineral Loaction HI
|Master Title - Use
|Oil & Gas
|Supplemental O & G
Search by Plat Type
On the bottom of the SEARCH page there is a table organized by Quadrant,
NE, NW, SE, and SW. Under each of the quardants is a list of major
plat types. By selecting the quadrant and plat type you will be presented
with a list of all townships and ranges where these plat types can be found.
Some of these lists will be rather lengthy and this is not the preferred
method to locate a plat, but for some plat types this can be a useful tool.
Acordex Java Image Viewer
This site utilizes the Acordex Java Image Viewer to view "tif"
images of Master Title Plats, Cadastral Survey Plats, and Field Notes. This
viewer is a JAVA script, for this script to function you must have JAVA enabled
on your browser. To make sure you have JAVA Console installed on your browser
click on SUN JAVA and download
SUN JAVA console.
Once you know the JAVA console is installed, close and re-open your browser to the BLM
Land Records web site and the Acordex Java Image Viewer will function properly.
Upon selection of a particular image file it will open the tiff viewer
in a new browser window automatically. Within the viewer you can
ZOOM, PAN, SAVE and PRINT copies of the plats for future use.
The above image shows an image of the Acordex Image Viewer Menu Bar.
A description of each Menu Bar button follows, starting at the left side
of the Menu Bar.
The Menu Bar "Document Window" indicates the name of the image being
viewed, and can be edited to load other images in the same directory.
You can load another image from the same directory by typing the image
name into the "Document Window" and pressing the "Enter" key on your key
board. Images in this system are stored in Quadrant directories,
so only image from the same quadrant can be loaded once you
are in the Acordex Viewer. To load another image from a different
quadrant, return to the SEARCH page.
IMAGE SCANNED DATE
Below the "Document Window" is the date the image was scanned and placed
active in the data base.
Immediately to the right of the "Document Window" are the "Page Back"
and "Page Forward" buttons. Images with sequential numbers can be
opened within the viewer by clicking the "Page Back" and "Page Forward"
buttons. This is useful when viewing Historical Index Sheets, which
are sequentially numbered, so they can be viewed by clicking on the
"Page Back" and "Page Forward" buttons. Also sequentially numbered
Supplemental Plats can be viewed in the same manner.
To enlarge the image 25% at a time, click on the "Sequential Zoom buttons,
indicated with a "+" or a "-",
which are located to the right of the "Image Paging" buttons.
||ZOOM PERCENT WINDOW
The window with "100%" in it is the "Zoom Percent Window". You
can click on the arrow in the window and other values will appear, which
you can select or you can type a value into the window from your keyboard.
One thing to remember with the "Zoom" values, you can only use the "PAN"
function on views that have been magnified less than 125%.
||PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN
This function will only be available on images that are bigger horizontally
than the viewer window. A horizontal scroll bar will be visible on
the right side of the viewer window when this function is need.
The button with the hand on it is the "PAN" function button and can
be used to move the image around within the viewer window.
This button when clicked will allow you to drag and drop a rectangle
around a specific area to which you want to zoom. This is particularly
useful to select a portion of the image you are interested in and wish
to view more closely. This will also select an area smaller than the whole
image for printing.
This button will act as a magnifying glass as you move around on the
image holding down the right mouse button.
The next three buttons rotate the image, right 90°, left 90°
The printer button will allow you to print the images to any of your
local printers. (Because printing is a local function, a Security
Alert will popup asking you to allow the viewer to access your printer).
There is no security issue here, only the fact that a web
page should not be allowed to control anything on your local machine.
You must answer the "Alert" by selecting "yes" or printing will not work.
You should only have to do this once on each PC from which you access this
page. Once you do allow the viewer to print it will continue to do
so until you clear the security certificates from your browser. To
print a selected portion of the whole image, use the Zoom Rectangle to select
your area of interest. (see Zoom Rectangle)
You can save a copy of the image to your local drive, but remember
the only official copy is one that has been certified by the Public Room
of the Bureau of Land Management. Copies obtained from this web site
not be used for any offical or legal purpose.