Researching your genealogy using land records—deeds, patents, plats, etc.—is often considered advanced. But a genealogist of any level can find an ancestor’s land records using the help in our Family Tree Land Records Research Value Pack.
The tools in this collection include:
- Land Records 101 Family Tree University Independent Study Course download: Master the basics of US land records research, including what documents to look for and where to find them, online and offline
- Platting Metes and Bounds Properties on-demand video class: If your ancestor’s property was surveyed under the metes and bounds system, land records describe it in terms of trees, rocks, fenceposts, streams and roads along the boundaries. This lesson will help you make sense of those descriptions and map out what the property looked like.
- Platting Rectangular Survey System Properties on-demand video class: Learn how to plat ancestral properties surveyed using the rectangular survey system, also known as the public land survey system.
- Using Land Records article download: Our guide to land records explains land records from early headrights to claims under the Homestead Act. You’ll also learn about property deeds and “dower rights,” which can be informative about female ancestors.
The Family Tree Land Records Research Value Pack is deeply discounted this month only: just $49.99! (You’d pay $163.97 to buy each tool individually.)