Early Land Records

Transferring Land from Government to Individuals: Model Two: The Colonial Government System

By Patricia Law Hatcher In the April 7 issue of “Genealogy Pointers,” we introduced the first of the various systems by which land was transferred by one of the colonial monarchs to individuals, The New England Model. As Patricia Law Hatcher explains in her definitive study of U.S. land records, first transfer varied both geographically[…]Read more

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Land Records

Transferring Land from Government to Individuals: The New England Model By Patricia Law Hatcher

With the conquest of the Americas, all land was originally held by a monarch—whether English, French, or Spanish. At this point, the process of transitioning land ownership to individuals is referred to as “first transfer.” As Patricia Law Hatcher explains in her definitive study of U.S. land records, first transfer varied both geographically and chronologically[…]Read more

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Our Quaker Ancestors

“The Quakers and Quaker Genealogy,” by Ellen and David Berry

The following article is excerpted from the Introduction to Ellen and David Berry’s book, Our Quaker Ancestors. For more information about that publication, please CLICK HERE. The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, has a rich storehouse of records kept from its beginning in the mid-1600s to the present. There are vast differences among Quaker[…]Read more

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Val Greenwood Researchers Guide To American Genealogy Review

Can You Use a Good Textbook?

If you still haven’t purchased your desk copy of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 4th Edition, the best textbook in the field of American genealogy, consider the comments in the following reviewers.  We ran them before, but the recommendations bear repeating, in our judgment. The reviews appeared in the prestigious Midwest Book Review, a[…]Read more

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Strange, Amazing, and Funny Events that Happened during the Revolutionary War

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter Praises
Strange, Amazing, and Funny Events that Happened During the Revolutionary War

The January 28th issue of the most popular genealogy newsletter on the Internet, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter gave a vigorous thumbs up to Jack Crowder’s collection of “did you know about” happenings from America’s War for Independence. The review, written by Bobbi King, is reprinted in its entirety here: Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, January 28,[…]Read more

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17th Century Virginia

HOW TO RESEARCH NEW ANCESTORS, By Lyndon Hobbs Hart, III, Jamestowne Society Genealogist

The following article describes the criteria and important sources for obtaining membership in the distinguished Virginia lineage organization, the Jamestowne Society. The article is also valuable for identifying sources related to 17th-century Virginia research in general.  It originally appeared in the Jamestowne Society Magazine, Vol. 44, No. 1. Spring 2020,  p. 13, and is reproduced[…]Read more

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West Virginia Genealogy Books

UNIQUE BOOKS for Tracing Frontier Roots in Virginia, West Virginia, & Tennessee

From the mid-18th to the mid-19th centuries, millions of Americans (both native- born and immigrant) abandoned the Tidewater region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia for greener pastures. Since their predecessors had already claimed the best lands of the alluvial Tidewater, these families had little choice but to start their farms on the upland soil of[…]Read more

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