Land and property records are among the most interesting documentary evidence available to genealogists. They potentially contain a wealth of genealogical information, or they may present clues to other people’s information. They also are among the most numerous records available. Unfortunately, many genealogy researchers are afraid of the prospect of working with these records. They may be put off by the legal terminology, the measurement systems used, and the prospect of tracing ownership of a piece of property. They fail to take the time to learn about them and how to work with them. However, as with any other record type, some advance study of the topic, the time period, and the location will prepare you for your research.
This week I am starting a three-part series concerning United States land and property records. The series will address the following topics:
- Types of land records and the kinds of information that may be found in them;
- Indexes to land and property records and where to find them; and
- Methodologies for working with deeds and other records.
My goal is to provide a basic understanding of these records. I do not plan to address Federal Land Patents or the Homestead Act of 1862 at this time. Those are subjects for future columns.
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