Land records are usually not the first record that a family historian looks at to further their research. Why is that? Possibly it's because descriptions like the N½ NE¼ Sec. 26, T143N, R.49W, Fifth Principal Meridian, North Dakota are just too intimidating? Is it worth your time to learn how to read and plat these descriptions? Is it easy? Can you do it? The answer to all these questions is - yes.
Why would you want to use land records that are so much more difficult than census and vital records? These records will tell you exactly where your ancestor was located at a particular time. It will provide you with a list of neighbors for your ancestor's FAN club. It will allow you to read land descriptions in probate papers. It will help you locate the piece of property - today.
Once you get into land records you may be surprised at how much genealogical information can be included with homestead records being surprisingly detailed about family information.
Join me on Thursday from 2:15-4:15 in this hands-on Workshop - Platting Public Land Grants. Learn how to read land descriptions and plat the land. Learn how to use the Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records site. Learn where else you can find land records and websites that will help you in platting the land.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Th-D Plotting Public Land Grants ‐ Hands‐on Workshop by Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew, PLCGS
This is part of a series of special workshops which are open to registered attendees of Genetic Genealogy or to those registered to at least one day at Jamboree 2016. Additional registration is required.
Participants should bring laptops to the workshop. Limited to 40 participants. Level: Beg., Int.
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