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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New Connecticut Vital Record Book Identifies Special Collections at Connecticut State Library

New Connecticut Vital Record Book Identifies Special Collections at Connecticut State Library

For the past month or so, we have been spreading the word about an extraordinary new reference work for Connecticut researchers, Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: The Barbour Index and Beyond.  This is one of those books that one cannot praise too highly, for it is nothing less than a comprehensive bibliography of Connecticut birth,[…]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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County Boundary Changes

Census Records and County Boundary Changes, by William Dollarhide

All censuses taken since 1790 are tabulated and organized by the counties within each state or territory. By federal precedence, the county is the basic unit of jurisdiction for census demographics. Alaska is the only state without counties; therefore, judicial districts are used as jurisdictions for the censuses taken there. In Louisiana, the term “parish”[…]Read more

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Findings on specific Welsh surnames from John and Sheila Rowlands’ The Surnames of Wales. Updated and Expanded Edition

One of the difficulties researchers with Welsh ancestry face is pinpointing the location of ancestors possessing surnames. Authorities John and Sheila Rowlands have taken some of the difficulty out of this process in the updated version of their book, The Surnames of Wales, by showing the greatest areas of concentration where such surnames do and[…]Read more

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