Military Bounty Land 1776-1855
by Christine Rose.
Published by CR Publications, San Jose CA. 2011. 156 pages.
Asking me to review this book is like asking my cat to review catnip. We both love it. She the catnip, me the book.
Christine Rose is well known for her extensive familiarity with courthouse records. Ms. Rose and her husband Seymour, as likeable and affable as Christine is lovable and affable, have RVed the byways of America introducing themselves to the courthouse clerks, deciphering their courthouse records, then interpreting and explaining them to us in her straightforward guide Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures.
This Bounty Lands book was a long time coming but well worth the wait. 1776-1855 refers to the year the Continental Congress promised free government land to officers and soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War, or, to their heirs. 1855 refers to no more bounty lands being granted for any military service rendered after 1855. (Homesteading effectively replaced bounty land grants as homestead laws gave credit as military service being same-as credit for residency requirements in proving up a claim.)
Ms. Rose’s introduction describes the book thusly: “Bounty land is a story of the hope of the men who enlisted for military service, convinced that they would be justly rewarded after discharge with a few acres of land. It is also the story of the obstacles that often prevented the fulfillment of that hope.”
Her chapters chronicle the incentives for federal and state bounty lands, the procedures, and the several Acts. She leads us to the microfilms, finding aids, and websites that will assist our search for our ancestors in the land records. Plenty of examples are presented revealing the information contained therein. The style of the book, with sidebar explanatory boxes, pictures, maps, scanned documents, and illustrations breaks up the monotony of straight text and keeps us interested in the book without effort.
Ms. Rose defers to Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck’s Bounty and Donation Land Grants in British Colonial America as a comprehensive reference for bounty lands awarded before 1776 and the Revolutionary War grants discussed in her book.
This book is the best for a comprehensive, well-produced book on military bounty lands. This is one book you will not donate to the local library.
You can order Military Bounty Land 1776-1855 from the author at www.christine4rose.com as well as from Amazon at http://goo.gl/Q9qXO and from several other bookstores that sell genealogy books.