Challenge #11: Drill Into Land Records

In your previous research, did you find any land records for your ancestor? Land records have been a key to breaking through many of my brick walls: I found evidence of land being distributed at a man’s death to his children. I found a women selling land to a man of...

Here’s A Tool You’ll Want to Use!

Of all the cool tools I saw demonstrated in the FGS/RootsTech Exhibit Hall, HistoryGeo is right up there in the “very impressive” category. I’ll show you how it works. The First Landowner’s Project is a map of 8.8 million landowners who took out patents for land from...

Dead End or Not: Records Beyond the Grave

You’ve searched your ancestor’s life from the time he was born to the days he died and was buried.  Think you might be done researching him?  Maybe not! Some records may be created or recorded long after a person died! Land records may have been handed down for...

Looking at a Deed

The first time you look at a deed, you may think there’s too much legal language and it’s too confusing, but once you understand how deeds are usually arranged, it will be easy to pick out the information you need. So, hang in there while I explain it to you.  I...