Once you have the MARS online search open, type in your ancestor’s name into the search box, then where it says "Class, Collection, Series" click on the “Browse” button. I have typed in "Nathan Godwin" in the search box .
Looking on the right-hand side you will see the Call Number, whether there is a digital image available for download, and the years involved. In the middle of the page, you will see the name and the file number associated with the name. This file number is required if you visit the Archives and you want to find the land grant in the microfilm. This collection is contained on microfilm and is organized by county first and then by file number.
- ENTRY: This is an application that a person filled out to apply for a PATENT to occupy and purchase vacant land
- WARRANT: This is issued once the ENTRY is approved, telling the county surveyor to measure the tract of land
- PLAT: This is drawn up by the surveyor describing the land in metes and bounds
- PATENT: This is the final document written by the Secretary of State conveying the surveyed land to the applicant. Also known as a Land GRANT
For more information on using the North Carolina State Archives online catalog (MARS), check out their YouTube videos here.