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Virginia Land Records

At some point in everyone’s research, you want to delve into the land records. This is very natural and is frequently very rewarding as to the information that is gleaned from the records themselves. I have seen deeds for a church that not only gave the donor of the property, but also the early history […]

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Federal Land Records

If you have ancestors that went west in search of cheap land, you might want to try to find them in the Federal Land Records. From 1800 until 1908 these land records are found for all the states except the original thirteen colonies, Vermont, Maine, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Texas and Hawaii. These latter states […]

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Public Land Records

Following the American Revolutionary War, the colonies found themselves with vast expanses of lands and virtually no money. In fact, the cost of the War and the government at the time were financed by a large number of the wealthy citizens of the country. Many of these were the signers of the Declaration of Independence […]

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Land Records

Sometimes in our genealogical research, we come to the end of our rope. Turning to the land records of an area seems our last resort. To use the land records of a particular area can be very tricky since most areas have been derived from other areas that may not even be close. If you […]

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Land Records

Our lost ancestors will more than likely show up in early land records, if we know who they were and where they settled. In the very beginning of our nation, all land was owned by the Crown which used land as reward for service or land grants/charters as a way to “buy” loyalty. Once the […]

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