08 November 2011

NARAtions: Land records -- knowing Public from Private


NARAtions is the blog of the United States National Archives. A recent post is titled “Family Tree Friday: Land records – knowing Public from Private.” 

This is a great short article which explains the distinction between public and private lands.  This distinction is critical to understanding whether your ancestors land records might be found in Federal records or records which can only be found at the state level.

The blog post starts with …

In a previous blog post I mentioned how veterans could acquire homesteads via bounty land warrants they received as a benefit for military service.  Since then, I’ve been thinking it would be worthwhile to offer some general advice about land records at the National Archives, and more importantly to explain the distinction between public and private lands.  The National Archives, of course, holds the records of the General Land Office (GLO)–the predecessor of the Bureau of Land Management–that document the first or initial transfer of public land from the United States to private ownership.  These lands or homesteads were usually located in the Public Domain, or those territories owned directly by the Federal Government.” 

Read the full post.

Besides this post, other topics blogged about in October were:

o       NARA Coast to Coast: The Lawsuit of Champions
o       Tag It Tuesday!
o       National Archives Digitization Tools Now on GitHub
o       The Scanners are Coming! The Scanners are Coming!
o       Warner Research Center Reconfiguration News: A New Wall is Coming to the Microfilm Research Room
o       No Laugh-IN Matter
o       Tech Tuesday: Making the Right Connections
o       Family Tree Friday: Were you at work? The 1940 Census employment status (Part 1)
o       Update on Temporary Move of the Finding Aids Room at the National Archives Building

So, a great source of information about what is happening at NARA and also about some of the records held by NARA which are of great interest to genealogists.





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