California, Alameda County, Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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This collection contains deed records and indexes that are located at the Clerk-Recorder Offices in Oakland. 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. Alabama is a public domain state. People who lived in the area that is now Alabama were governed by several different countries, states, and territories during various time periods: France (1710–1763) England (1763–1783) Spain (1783–1795, north of the 31st parallel, the mouth of the Yazoo River) Georgia (1795–1803, north of the 31st parallel) Spain (1783–1813, south of the 31st parallel, including Mobile) South Carolina (about 1783, until claim was given up in 1787) Mississippi Territory (1798–1817) Alabama Territory (1817–1819) Federal Government Land Sales beginning in 1806
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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
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. It is likely that one of your ancestors was recorded in person-to-person transactions like these. These records may offer clues such as the given name of a spouse, a previous residence, names of children, or death information. Land records also 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. Beginning Your Search To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of ancestor
- Place of residence before purchase
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⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County " category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Date Range" category 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.
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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.