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Land Records Genealogy Cheat Sheet
Use this sheet to track your ancestors' migration patterns, track down where they might have settled, zero in on specific names and more. Also get practical tips for finding and analyzing ancestors' deeds, property tax records, land patents, plat maps and other important documents.
Land Record Types and Terms
Land records come in many different forms. Here’s an article that explores many different types of land records and where you can find them.READ MORE
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Solving Genealogical Puzzles with Land Records
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Maps for Genealogy Research
It isn’t always possible to walk the roads that your ancestors walked and explore the neighbors they called home. Fortunately, well-designed maps can help you pinpoint where your ancestors settled and what their hometown might have looked like. Here are some resources for finding maps so that you can more easily navigate your research.
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State Land vs. Public Land States Free Download
Whether your ancestors lived in a state-land or public-land state affects the land records you'll look for. Learn which states fall into which category.
Free Deed Index (by Grantor) Form Download
Transcribe basic information from town or county deed indexes (by the name of the person selling property).