Tracing Immigrants Origin Land and Property
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|−|Many immigrants left their homelands for the chance to obtain inexpensive land in a new country. Land records, therefore, contain many immigration clues, even if the place of origin is generally not given. Information about an immigrant's old hometown will more likely be found in records of land purchased directly from the government (such as homesteads) rather than from private individuals. |+|
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|−|Most deeds indicate the purchasers' and the sellers' residences. If the immigrant purchased land right after arriving in the new country, the deed could reveal the place of origin. For example , “headrights” (the head of house's right to land for settling a colony) can show places—usually the country—of origin. Headrights are indexed in books like— |+|
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|−|Nugent, Nell Marion. '' Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1732'' . Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. (FHL book 975. 5 R2n.) |+|
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|−|Many places required that an immigrant be a citizen or that an immigrant file a declaration of intent to become a citizen before buying land. Land records may include copies of naturalization records or lead to them. An excellent set of land records with immigration data, on 1,641 rolls of microfilm, is— |+|
|−|''[http://www.saskhomesteads.com/ Saskatchewan Homestead Records, 1870-1930, and Index]''. Ottowa, Canada: Canadian Department of the Interior, Dominion Lands Office. |+|
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If the emigrant owned property in the country of origin and sold it before emigrating, land and property records may reveal the place of origin. In countries where deeds and other land transactions were registered, indexes of grantors list emigrants selling property. Since most countries do not have nationwide land indexes, use this source after you know where the emigrant left from.
Even if an immigrant did not own land, land and property records could be helpful if the immigrant was a tenant on an estate and was helped by the land owner to emigrate. For example, during the great potato famine in Ireland, land owners found it easier to help their impoverished tenants emigrate rather than feed, clothe, and house them. To see what records are available, look in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under [COUNTRY] - LAND AND PROPERTY.
An example of land and property records is—
- Mitchell Brian. Irish Emigration Lists 1833-1839: Lists of Emigrants Extracted from the Ordinance Survey Memoirs for Counties Londonderry and Antrim. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1989. (FHL book 941.6 W2m.)