United States Land and Property

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=== Introduction [[Image:Emigrants Crossing the Plains.JPG|thumb|right|300px]]  ===
 
=== Introduction [[Image:Emigrants Crossing the Plains.JPG|thumb|right|300px]]  ===
  
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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  
 
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 ==
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== Getting started with United States Land and Property research ==
  
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. Thereafter, the sale of that land from a person&nbsp;is called a deed.
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*[[Beginning Land and Property Research#Getting_Started|Getting started]]
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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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*[[Government Land Grants|Government Land Grants]]
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*[[Colonial Land|Colonial Land]]
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*[[Grants from the Federal Government (Public Domain)|Federal Land]]
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*[[State Land|State Land]]<br>
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*"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.
*[[United States. United-States - Land and Property- Deeds|Deeds]]
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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.
*[[County and Town Records|County and Town Records]]
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*[[Inheriting Land|Inheriting Land]]
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*[[Grants to Land Companies and Railroads|Land Companies/Railroads]]
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*[[Wyoming Land and Property|Wyoming]]
 
*[[Wyoming Land and Property|Wyoming]]
  
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<center>Federal land states (blue) &amp; state land states (brown)</center>
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==== <u>State Land States</u>  ====
 
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Revision as of 22:04, 23 August 2011

Contents

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

Getting started with United States Land and Property research

Did you know?

  • "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.
  • The person who obtains title to land from the government receives a land grant. Subsequent exchanges of land are person-to-person exchanges involving deeds.

States

Federal Land States

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Federal land states (blue) & state land states (brown)

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