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This collection contains deed records and indexes that are located at the Clerk-Recorder Offices in Oakland.
Citation for This Collection
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- Clerk-Recorder Offices. California, Alameda County, Land Records. Administration Building, Oakland, California, United States.
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
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.
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“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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