This series currently contains eight volumes of Abstracts of land patents from colonial Virginia covering the years 1623 through 1782. It began with the work of Nell Marion Nugent in the 1930s but has grown over the years to represent the work of many individuals since then. At the time of this writing, the series consists of the following volumes covering the years indicated:
These volumes can be found published in many different editions, both separately and in combined form, therefore when citing this source, it is important to include not only the volume and page number but also the edition (ex. Vol. 2 (1977), p 450.)
Editions and Formats
The set of volumes published under this title has grown over the years and combines the work of several individuals. In the 1930s Nell Marion Nugent compiled a first volume of Abstracts of land patents from Patent Books No. 1 through 5 which covered the years 1623-1666. This first volume was published by The Dietz Press in Richmond in 1934. Nugent had also abstracted the land patents from Patent Books No. 6 through 14, but her work went into litigation before it was published 1, and so the first volume was the only one published until the 1970s. There have been many reprints of this first volume by many different publishing houses.
The page proofs of Nugent's abstracts were photo-copied and put into three volumes by the Virginia State Library 1, which published Volume 2 (1666-1695) with an index by Claudia B. Grundman in 1977 and Volume 3 (1695-1732) in 1979. This 3-Volume series has been reprinted many times in separate and combined forms by various publishing houses.
In 1980, the Virginia State Library published a supplement to this work entitled, "Cavaliers and pioneers : abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants : supplement, Northern Neck grants, no. 1, 1690-1692." [cos1776 note: I think this only appears separately.] When the original abstracts were gathered together and published in one volume, the publisher missed fourteen pages of abstracts for the Northern Neck Grants no. 1, 1690-1692. This supplement contains these pages.
During the 1980s, Dennis Ray Hudgins, in collaboration with The Virginia Genealogical Society, expanded the work even further by continuing to add abstracts covering subsequent years after 1732. Some of this work was first published as a serial in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, but was later published in book form under the same title as the original 1934 publication. Volumes 4-8, covering patents up to 1782, are published by the Virginia Genealogical Society.