Land records form the largest group of records for our ancestors and often leave the only clues to marriages, deaths, and relationships. By the mid 1800’s it is estimated that up to 90% of white males in the United States owned land. When records were destroyed, land records were the first to be recreated leading to land records where no other records exist.
Where do you find land records? What is the difference between State Land States and Federal Land States? Did our ancestor receive Bounty Land? Was he or she a homesteader? How can you find out where the land your ancestor owned is today? All these questions and more will be answered.
Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew PLCGS is a frequent speaker in Southern California. She is a member of the NGS, APG, and various societies in areas where she does research. She is a Board member and incoming President for the APG Southern California Chapter, past President of the CSGA and past-President and current Board member of GSNOCC. Her business, California Cousins: Family History Research Services is online at http://www.californiacousins.com.