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From relationships to relocations, land deeds have the dirt on your family. Discover how to use property records to solve 10 genealogy puzzles.
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Beat your brick walls by following the law. Our guide reveals how studying old statutes can lead to ancestor answers.
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Whether your ancestors lived in a state-land or public-land state affects the land records you'll look for. Learn which states fall into which category.
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Perplexed by patents and plats? Confused by claims? Survey our beginner's guide to land records. This article includes a short Genealogy How-To Video on how to map your ancestor's property with the Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office website.
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Understanding the 1862 Homestead Act, using the Newberry Atlas of Historical Boundaries, and demystifying confusing land record terms. Plus: Why Facebook's new timeline has a silver lining for genealogists.
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Expert answers to your genealogy questions.
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If your ancestral home is old enough or architecturally noteworthy, someone might've already researched its history.
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Trace your family's paths, find your ancestors' homes and explore the old country.
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If your ancestors' walls could talk, what would they say? Find out with our guide to researching the places your family called home.
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Don't let long distances from your ancestral stomping grounds keep you from discovering the treasures in land records. The author of Locating Your Roots shares secrets for researching deeds without leaving home.
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