The Shelby County, Tennessee Register of Deeds has many free, digitized collections including Memphis Tennessee Occupant, Entry, and Survey Books 1819-1962.
The Memphis Tennessee Occupant, Entry, and Survey Books 1819-1962 are Tennessee Land Records and include partial indexes and images from 1819-1862 for all of Shelby County, Tennessee.
“Occupant and Survey books contain property descriptions and surveys of land grants. These grants were issued either by the United States government, North Carolina, or Tennessee as far back as the Indian and Revolutionary wars. The following books contain the first documentation of ownership for a given tract in Shelby County.”
These land records are searchable by Last Name, First Name, Entry, Range, or Section.