United States Land and Property

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=== Introduction [[Image:Emigrants Crossing the Plains.JPG|thumb|right|300px]] ===
=== Introduction ===
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The availability of land attracted many immigrants to America and encouraged westward expansion. Land ownership was generally recorded in an area as soon as settlers began to arrive. These important records sometimes exist when few other records are available.  
 
The availability of land attracted many immigrants to America and encouraged westward expansion. Land ownership was generally recorded in an area as soon as settlers began to arrive. These important records sometimes exist when few other records are available.  
  
== Getting started with United States Land and Property research ==
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Land records are primarily used to learn where an individual lived and when he lived there. They often reveal other family information, such as the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or neighbors. You may learn where a person lived previously, his occupation, if he had served in the military, if he was a naturalized citizen, and other clues for further research  
  
*[[Beginning Land and Property Research#Getting_Started|Getting started]]
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== The Land Acquisition Process  ==
*[[Beginning Land and Property Research#What.27s_the_Next_Step.3F|What's the next step?]]
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*[[Beginning Land and Property Research#Finding_Your_Ancestor_in_the_Record|Finding your ancestor in the records]]
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*[[Beginning Land and Property Research#Tips:|Tips for beginners]]
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== Did you know?  ==
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In the United States, land is acquired in basically one of two ways; from the government or from an individual. The first sale of land from the government to a person is called a grant or a patent. Thereafter, the sale of that land from a person&nbsp;is called a deed.
  
*"Property" refers to more than land. Records of slaves, livestock brands, stray animals, indentures, and loans can be found in records kept by many towns and counties.
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*The person who obtains title to land from the government receives a land grant. Subsequent exchanges of land&nbsp;are person-to-person exchanges involving deeds.
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*[[Government Land Grants|Government Land Grants]]
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*[[Colonial Land|Colonial Land]]
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*[[State Land|State Land]]<br>
  
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*[[United States. United-States - Land and Property- Deeds|Deeds]]
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*[[Grants to Land Companies and Railroads|Land Companies/Railroads]]
  
Land records are primarily used to learn where an individual lived and when he lived there. They often reveal other family information, such as the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or neighbors. You may learn where a person lived previously, his occupation, if he had served in the military, if he was a naturalized citizen, and other clues for further research.
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== United States ==
  
Patent search:<br>[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov www.glorecords.blm.gov]<br>Research strategies: <br>[http://www.familyhistory101.com/research-land/index.html Family History 101]<br>Search records:<br>[http://www.footnote.com Footnote.com]&nbsp;($)<br>[http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($)
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*[[Wyoming Land and Property|Wyoming]]
 
*[[Wyoming Land and Property|Wyoming]]
  
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Revision as of 03:43, 5 October 2012

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Footnote.com ($) now has images of entry case files from Nebraska's Broken Bow land office, 1890-1908 (NARA M1915).

 
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Land and Property

Introduction
Emigrants Crossing the Plains.JPG

The availability of land attracted many immigrants to America and encouraged westward expansion. Land ownership was generally recorded in an area as soon as settlers began to arrive. These important records sometimes exist when few other records are available.

Land records are primarily used to learn where an individual lived and when he lived there. They often reveal other family information, such as the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or neighbors. You may learn where a person lived previously, his occupation, if he had served in the military, if he was a naturalized citizen, and other clues for further research

The Land Acquisition Process

In the United States, land is acquired in basically one of two ways; from the government or from an individual. The first sale of land from the government to a person is called a grant or a patent. Thereafter, the sale of that land from a person is called a deed.

Government to Person Person to Person

United States

Federal Land States

Federal vs. State Land States.png
Federal land states (blue) & state land states (brown)

State Land States