Last week’s column was the first in a three-part series concerning land and property records. In it, I discussed a little background of United States land records, explained some very basic land transfer terminology related to working with these records, and provided a glossary of common U.S. property terms that you are likely to encounter in your research.
Land and property records are among the most numerous records in existence, and they can be a rich source of genealogical information, about both the property and the family. They are unique and therefore require some preliminary understanding of their purpose and content before you can glean the most from them. Like census schedules, wills, and passenger lists, land and property records are simply another format with which you need to become familiar.
This week’s column will discuss the land measurement systems, and how to locate common land and property documents.
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