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Land Records << Probate Records <<

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Land Records Guide

Probate Records-
Land Records
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Names and dates
  • Location/description of the property owned


  • May also include:
  • Names of relatives - e.g., spouse or parent from whom the land was inherited
  • Direct proof of heirship
  • Maiden name of woman
  • Details of military service
  • Correspondence between your ancestor and the government
  • Cost of the purchase
  • Details about transfers of ownership
  • Signature
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Citizenship
  • Map
  • Neighbors
  • Residence
  • Through a visit to the courthouse

    Compiled sources:
    check with the county courthouses as found in RootsWeb's U.S. Town/ County Database: resources.rootsweb.com/
    cgi-bin/townco.cgi
    or local genealogical and historical societies as found in the Ancestors Resource Guide

    Online compiled sources such as the FHL Catalog: www.familysearch.org/
    Search/searchcatalog.asp

    Online land records

  • To find property owned by an ancestor
  • To track an ancestor's moves/migration over time
  • For proof of heirship
  • To find marital status
  • To find wife's maiden name
  • To find relationship clues
  • To learn of military service
  • To find your ancestor's signature
  • To trace the history of a piece of land or building
  • To learn the cost of property as an indicator of economic status
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in probate records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Probate Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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