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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is this site for? What can I do here?

A. This is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of State Lands, Board of Trustees Land Document System. Here, we have collected data and electronic images for thousands of active and historical documents maintained by the Division of State Lands.

This site has a simple search engine, allowing you to specify basic information about the document for which you are looking. Then, all documents matching the information you provide will be listed. From the list, you may "drill down" to get detailed data about a document, and even view the document in GIF format. You may also download TIFF and PDF version of the document images.

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Q. Which image format should I use?

A. That depends on whether or not you need a fast download, a clear image, or something that will print best. Here are some general recommendations:
  • Don't know what will work in your browser? Try Small GIF or Large GIF. To view TIFF or PDF images, you will need a third-party viewer or plug-in.
  • Want the fastest download? Try Small GIF.
  • Don’t need to see every scrap of detail? Use Large GIF.
  • For printing, please use the PDF format. GIF images usually won't print on one page, and most TIFF viewers can't correctly print large images such as ours.
  • If the document has more than one page, you may want to use a format that puts multiple pages in one file, such as PDF or TIFF.

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Q. Can I get more detailed information about the image formats?

A.
Image Format Description
GIF
Graphics
Interchange
Format
Small GIF
  • Compatible with graphics-enabled browsers
  • Image size is scaled to fit on most screens without much horizontal scrolling. Maximum resolution: 800 x 1200 pixels (W x H)
  • 8 shades of gray
Large GIF
  • Compatible with graphics-enabled browsers
  • Image size is scaled to show most of the visual detail of the full image (1/2 of full image width and height)
  • 8 shades of gray
TIFF
Tagged
Image
File
Format
  • Requires a TIFF viewer application or browser plug-in
  • Contains all the detail of our image file(s)
  • Smaller file size than Large GIF
  • For single-page documents, the served file is not processed in any way
  • For multi-page documents, we combine the images into a single file
  • 2-color image (black and white)
  • CCITT Group 4 compression
PDF
Portable
Document
Format
  • Requires a PDF viewer, such as the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
  • Contains all the detail of our image file(s)
  • We combine multiple land document pages into a single file
  • 2-color image (black and white)
  • CCITT Group 4 compression
Note: If you use the Adobe Acrobat viewer, you must use version 6.0 or higher to view our PDF images.

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Q. What do the document type abbreviations mean?

A.
ADF AGENCY DEED FILES
ADS AGREEMENT FOR DEEDS AND SATISFACTIONS
AOP ARMED OCCUPATION ACT LAND PERMITS
ASP AMERICAN STATE PAPERS STATE SURVEY FIELD NOTEBOOKS
BEF STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DEED FILES
BEI BOARD OF EDUCATION INSTRUMENTS (School Lands Instruments)
CES CONSERVATION EASEMENTS
CLL COMPLETED UPLANDS AND SUBMERGED LAND LEASES
COD COPIES OF DEEDS
COU CONSENTS OF USE
CPL CONFIRMATIONS OF PRIVATE LAND CLAIMS BY THEN COMMISSION
CSL CURRENT SUBMERGED LAND LEASES
CUL CURRENT UPLANDS LEASES
DCP DEEDS TO CAPITOL CENTER PROPERTY
DRI RECORD OF DISSTON, REED AND OKEECHOBEE DEED INFORMATION
DRO RECORD OF DISSTON, REED AND OKEECHOBEE DEEDS
EDD DEEDS ISSUED BY THE TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT TRUST FUND TO LANDS CONVEYED BY THE EVERGLADES DRAINAGE DISTRICT TAX CERTIFICATES (EVERGLADES ACT OF 1931, CHAPTER 14717)
IFN INDEX TO ORIGINAL UNITED STATES AND STATE SURVEY FIELD NOTEBOOKS
ISO INDEX TO SWAMP AND OVERFLOW LAND PATENTS
IWE INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY OF FL NAVIGATION EASEMENTS AND GRANTS
M43 MURPHY ACT DEEDS UNDER CHAPTER 21684 (ACTS OF 1943), AND CHAPTER 18296 (ACTS OF 1937)
MAD MURPHY ACT DEEDS CHAPTER 18296 (ACTS OF 1937)
MAE MURPHY ACT EASEMENTS TO THE STATE ROAD DEPARTMENT
MAH DEEDS UNDER CHAPTER 28317 (ACTS OF 1953) (Murphy Act Hardship's)
MAL MURPHY ACT LEASES, PERMITS AND EASEMENTS UNDER CHAPTER 18296 AND 14572<
MAS MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS
MCL MURPHY ACT CLEAR LIST THE STATE UNDER CHAPTER 18296 (MURPHY ACT LANDS LIST (LIST NOT CLEARED))
MDM MURPHY ACT DEEDS TO MUNICIPALITIES CHAPTER 21684 (ACTS OF 1943)
MTC LIST OF TAX SALE CERTIFICATES TO THE STATE UNDER CHAPTER 18296 (MURPHY ACT LANDS LIST (LIST NOT CLEARED))
PFK PLATS OF THE FLORIDA KEYS
RBE RECONVEYANCE DEEDS AND DEEDS TO TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT TRUST FUND AND BOARD OF EDUCATION RANGE (40-43)
RBS RECORD BOOKS OKEECHOBEE DEED INFORMATION
RRD RECORD OF RAILROAD DEEDS (I. I. Fund)
SFN ORIGINAL UNITED STATES AND STATE SURVEY FIELD NOTEBOOKS
SFT STATE OF FLORIDA TRACT BOOKS
SID SWAMP AND OVERFLOW INDEMNITY LANDS DEEDS
SIP SWAMP AND OVERFLOW INDEMNITY LANDS PATENTS
SSP SWAMP AND OVERFLOW SPECIAL INDEMNITY LANDS PATENTS
STM UNITED STATES SURVEY TOWNSHIP MAPS
TFF TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT TRUST FUND CONVEYANCE FILES (SUBMERGED AND UPLANDS)
TFI TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT TRUST FUND INSTRUMENTS
TFM TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT TRUST FUND DEEDS UNDER CHAPTER 14572 (ACTS OF 1929)
TFP TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT TRUST FUND PERMITS, CONTRACTS, LEASES AND EASEMENTS
USE USE AGREEMENTS
WPA ABSTRACTS OF EARLY LAND CLAIMS IN THE TERRITORY AND STATE OF FLORIDA, INCLUDES INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN SPANISH LAND GRANTS

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Q. Does your search engine support wildcards?

A. Yes, we support the percent "%" wildcard, which matches zero or more characters, and the underscore "_" wildcard, which matches any single character. See also the wildcard discussion in our Search Tips page.

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Q. What pages are safe to bookmark?

A. These pages can be safely bookmarked:
  • The Document Search page, but it will not preserve all of your search criteria, only the document type.
  • The Document Details page. This page will remember which document was being viewed when you bookmarked it, so you can have any number of document details pages bookmarked at the same time.
  • The Document Image page, for GIF images, and for PDF and TIFF images viewed with plug-ins.
  • Any other pages, except for the Please Wait page and the Results List pages.

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Q. I Searched for a document/lease/instrument number that I know is scanned, why can't I find it?

A. Internally when a document has been mark for additional attention meaning the data or image(s) need modification and it will not show up on this website until complete. If you work within State Lands, it can be searched using BTLDS desktop.

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Q. Which web browsers does this site support?

A.
We strive to provide the highest value for the most users. Regrettably, making this site so that it does what most users need, AND works with every single web browser, just isn't feasible. We can only attempt to provide compatibility for the modern browsers used by the vast majority of our users:

We have tested most versions of these browsers on the recent versions of the Microsoft Windows (2000, XP and 7) and Apple Macintosh (8.0 and higher) platforms.

Some users will have problems with old or unusual browsers or platforms. Windows 3.1 and WebTV can be especially problematic. Please understand that we cannot always direct our full attention to assisting users with browsers or platforms other than the ones listed above.

   
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