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Land Records: State-Land States to Individuals Quick Start

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Start with what you know:

State Land States: (The twenty state-land states are listed below.)
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Government land grants in these states to individuals are generally kept at the state level.
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The Family History Library has microfilmed some State-Land State land records

Notes:

1.    Refer to E. Wade Hone, Land and Property Research in the United States. 973 R27h (Reference Wall)
2.    
Refer to Research Outline United States, “Land and Property” www.familysearch.org
3.    
Refer to [State] Research Outline, “Land and Property” www.familysearch.org  (Hover over “Research Helps” tab, click “Articles”, click
     “Sorted by Document Type”, click “Research Outline”, scroll to desired state and click)
4.    
See “Land from Individuals to Individuals” Quick Start for step-by -step search of Family History Library Catalog.
5.    
Follow the pattern of Connecticut & Delaware for your state. Consult: Hone, Land and Property Research

Locate the Land Records for Your Ancestor

  1. Connecticut
    1. Town Records
    2. Connecticut State Library http://www.cslib.org/
    3. Family History Library Catalog www.familysearch.org
    4. E. Wade Hone, p. 68, 69, 76, 78, 82
  2. Delaware
    1. Delaware State Archives, Dover, DE http://archives.delaware.gov/
    2. Maryland State Archives at Annapolis, MD http://www.msa.md.gov/
    3. Family History Library Catalog www.familysearch.org
    4. E. Wade Hone, p. 69, 82
  3. Georgia: E. Wade Hone, p. 62-63, 69, 78, 82-83
  4. Hawaii: E. Wade Hone, p. 63, 69, 83
  5. Kentucky: E. Wade Hone, p. 71, 83
  6. Maine: E. Wade Hone, p. 71, 83
  7. Maryland: E. Wade Hone, p. 71, 78, 83
  8. Massachusetts: E. Wade Hone, p. 72, 78-79, 83
  9. New Hampshire: E. Wade Hone, p. 71, 83
  10. New Jersey: E. Wade Hone, p. 71-73, 84
  11. New York: E. Wade Hone, p. 64, 73, 79, 84
  12. North Carolina: E. Wade Hone, p. 73, 79, 84
  13. Pennsylvania: E. Wade Hone, p. 64, 73, 79, 81, 84
  14. Rhode Island: E. Wade Hone, p.84
  15. South Carolina: E. Wade Hone, p. 64, 73-74, 84
  16. Tennessee: E. Wade Hone, p. 64, 73, 84
  17. Texas: E. Wade Hone, p. 64, 73-74, 84
  18. Vermont: E. Wade Hone, p. 75, 85
  19. Virginia: E. Wade Hone, p. 64, 75, 81, 85
  20. West Virginia: E. Wade Hone, p. 75-76, 85

   Read the entire case file and/or land patent
  You should track the land both when purchased and sold
  Record a proper citation of your source
  List positive or negative searches in your research log
Important information you should record:

Date of the patent___________________________________________________________________
Names on the patent_________________________________________________________________
Stated relationships__________________________________________________________________
Consideration (price)_________________________________________________________________
Legal description____________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
Witnesses_________________________________________________________________________

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