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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records. {{Collection citation| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Clerk-Recorder Offices. California, Alameda County, Land Records. Administration Building, Oakland, California, United States.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
 
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{{Collection citation| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Clerk-Recorder Offices. California, Alameda County, Land Records. Administration Building, Oakland, California, United States.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
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[[California, Alameda County, Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
 
[[California, Alameda County, Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To begin your search, you need to know the name of ancestor and some other identifying information such as their residence.
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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*Name of ancestor
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*Place of residence before purchase
  
Searching the Images To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "County " category<br> ⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Date Range" category which will take you to the images.<br>
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Searching the Images To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>
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⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>
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⇒ Select the "County " <br>
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⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Date Range" which will take you to the images.  
  
 
Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
 
Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
  
==== Using the Information ====
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==== Using the Information ====
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and census records.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title or an occupation. Add this new information to your records of each family. These records may offer clues such as the given name of a spouse, a previous residence, names of children, or death information.  
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
  
*Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching neighboring counties as well since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person.  
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*Land records may offer clues to maiden names if a father deeded property to his daughter upon marriage.  
*One deed does not usually give sufficient information about a couple and their children. A careful study of all deeds for the person or the family will yield a richer return of information.  
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*Witnesses and neighbors may be in-laws or relatives.  
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
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*It is important to trace the purchase and sale (or the acquisition and disposition) of each parcel of land your ancestor owned.
*Search for the land transactions of a couple and their children. The parents may have sold or given property to a son or daughter. Such transactions confirm relationships that might not be found in other records.
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*Once a parcel of land was transferred from government to private ownership, it may have stayed in the family for generations or for only a few months. It may have been subdivided, sold, and resold, with each transaction requiring new records.
*Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents.
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*To find later generations, search the land records a few years before and after a person’s death. Your ancestor may have sold or given land to his or her heirs before death, or the heirs may have sold the land after the individual died. For daughters, the names of their husbands are often provided. For sons, the given names of their wives may be included. Heirs may have sold their interest in the land to another heir even though the record may not indicate this. Continue this process for identifying each succeeding generation.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
 
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
*Check for variant spellings of the names.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.  
*Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
*Search the records of nearby counties.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
==== Background Information About Land Records ====
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==== General Information About These Records ====
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Land records are primarily used to learn where an individual lived and when he or she lived there. They often reveal other family information, such as the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or neighbors. They may also include information about previous residences, occupations, military service, citizenship, and so forth.
  
 
Most of the states in the United States are public domain states, which means the federal government controls the land. In state-land states, however, the state government appropriates all land within its borders.  
 
Most of the states in the United States are public domain states, which means the federal government controls the land. In state-land states, however, the state government appropriates all land within its borders.  
 
Once a parcel of land was transferred from government to private ownership, it may have stayed in the family for generations or for only a few months. It may have been subdivided, sold, and resold, with each transaction requiring new records.
 
 
Land records are primarily used to learn where an individual lived and when he or she lived there. These records may offer clues such as the given name of a spouse, a previous residence, names of children, or death information. Land records also offer clues to maiden names if a father deeded property to his daughter upon marriage. Witnesses and neighbors may be in-laws or relatives. It is important to trace the purchase and sale (or the acquisition and disposition) of each parcel of land your ancestor owned.
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/California-Land-Records-and-Deeds.htm California Land Records and Deeds Directory]  
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[http://rechart1.acgov.org/ Alameda County Online Records]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[California Land and Property]]  
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[[Alabama Land and Property]]  
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==

Latest revision as of 21:45, 12 March 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This collection contains deed records and indexes that are located at the Clerk-Recorder Offices in Oakland.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Clerk-Recorder Offices. California, Alameda County, Land Records. Administration Building, Oakland, California, United States.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:

  • Name of buyer
  • Name of seller
  • Name of spouse, heirs, other relatives, or neighbors
  • Place of residence at time of purchase
  • Occupation

How to Use the Record

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Place of residence before purchase

Searching the Images To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County "
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Date Range" which will take you to the images.

Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title or an occupation. Add this new information to your records of each family. These records may offer clues such as the given name of a spouse, a previous residence, names of children, or death information.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Land records may offer clues to maiden names if a father deeded property to his daughter upon marriage.
  • Witnesses and neighbors may be in-laws or relatives.
  • It is important to trace the purchase and sale (or the acquisition and disposition) of each parcel of land your ancestor owned.
  • Once a parcel of land was transferred from government to private ownership, it may have stayed in the family for generations or for only a few months. It may have been subdivided, sold, and resold, with each transaction requiring new records.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

General Information About These Records

Land records are primarily used to learn where an individual lived and when he or she lived there. They often reveal other family information, such as the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or neighbors. They may also include information about previous residences, occupations, military service, citizenship, and so forth.

Most of the states in the United States are public domain states, which means the federal government controls the land. In state-land states, however, the state government appropriates all land within its borders.

Related Websites

Alameda County Online Records

Related Wiki Articles

Alabama Land and Property

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.


 

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