Land records are some of the most important records available in genealogy research. Available farm land encouraged westward migration, rewarded military service, fulfilled requirements for voting or holding public office, or simply helped to support the family. Using maps and land records together will help you learn not only when and where your ancestors lived, but why they lived there and how they got there. In this class, we"ll look at some ways your ancestors could acquire land: including bounty land warrants, federal patents, inheritance, or private sales. You'll also learn to use maps to ensure that you're looking in the right places for your ancestors.
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