Japan, Iwate Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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


Title in the Language of the Record

日本, 岩手県土地レコーズ

What is in the Collection?

This collection contains land and property records for the years 1650-1800.

These records were obtained from the Iwate Prefectural Library in Japan. The writing contained in this collection includes Romanized and Japanese characters. See the section titled For Help Reading These Records for translation tools.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Contents

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Land records may contain the following information:

  • Name of Grantor
  • Name of Grantee
  • Location
  • Date of Record
  • Date of Registration
  • Document Number
  • Signature

How to Use the Record

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

  • Name of Grantor or Grantee
  • Prefecture

How Do I Search the Collection?

To search by image:
To search the collection by image, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Prefecture (都道府県)"
⇒Select the appropriate "County or City (郡又は市), Town or Village (町又は村)"
⇒Select the appropriate "題名 (Title), 巻 (Volume), 頁 (Page), and 年(Year)" 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 if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

Many of these records are in Japanese. For help with reading the records, see the following resource: Japanese-English translator

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Check for variant spellings of names.
  • You may need to search using an alternate name (such as a nickname).
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Use the location to search for vital records (birth, marriage, death).
  • For more records to search see the Related FamilySearch Historical Records section.
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Don't overlook FHL Place Japan, Iwate items or FHL Keyword Japan, Iwate items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Japan Archives and Libraries.

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Japan, Iwate Prefecture, Land Records, 1650-1800” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Iwate Prefectural Library. Iwate Prefecture, Iwate

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Japan, Iwate Land Records, 1650-1800.