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Locating Your Roots

Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records

By Patricia Law Hatcher

A great way to track down early ancestors, land records comprise one of the most important record sets in genealogy. In Locating Your Roots, certified genealogist Patricia Law Hatcher explains where to find land records and how to use them.

Through easy-to-follow instructions, she describes...

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Overview

Locating Your Roots

Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records

By Patricia Law Hatcher

A great way to track down early ancestors, land records comprise one of the most important record sets in genealogy. In Locating Your Roots, certified genealogist Patricia Law Hatcher explains where to find land records and how to use them.

Through easy-to-follow instructions, she describes the process for identifying, finding and interpreting the most common types of records. She also includes in-depth advice for locating a deed in a courthouse, recording what one finds and figuring out how land was transferred.

This book is an excellent resource for genealogists, historians, anthropologists, reference librarians and lecturers.

Patricia Law Hatcher is a leader in the field of genealogy. Known for her problem-solving techniques and use of land records, she frequently speaks at national genealogy conferences and is widely published in genealogical journals. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558706149
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/4/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why Use Land Records? 1
Why do researchers avoid land records?
What can land records tell us?
Land records solve problems!
2 Where Are the Records? 17
How was the land transferred?
Records in deed books that aren't deeds
3 Finding a Deed Without Using Vacation Time 41
Focus on place and time
Where are the deed books?
Step by step
Leaving home
4 Finding a Deed in a Courthouse 55
Scoping out the territory
You're there!
Using deed indexes
5 First Transfer--Getting Land Into the Hands of Individuals 68
Model 1 The New England System
Model 2 The Colonial Government System
Model 3 Large Grants and Proprietors
Model 4 Federal Lands. Big cities and smaller towns. Bounty land
6 Public Lands 79
Establishing the public land system
The records
7 What's in a Deed? 102
Preface
Parties
Payment
Property
Provenance
Postlude
Process
8 How to Record What You Find 117
Extracting a deed
9 Records of Residence 121
Tax records
Urbanites and city directories
10 Maps, Atlases, and Gazetteers 126
Types of maps
11 Metes-and-Bounds Land Platting 139
Platting
Step by step
Locating your ancestor's land
Problems
12 Public-Land Survey System 151
Land descriptions
Anomalies
Appendix A Locality Reference 158
Public land
Appendix B General Resources 184
General information
Historical background
Additional help
Appendix C Glossary 188
Index 204
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