11 July 2012

Free Federal Land Primer

Last month Kathy Nitsch did a guest post Free federal land primer on The Legal Genealogist blog, http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2012/05/31/free-federal-land-primer/.

In 1962, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management celebrated the 150th anniversary of the creation of the first organized system of public land management. To commemorate this milestone, it put together a tremendously helpful (at least to me) publication titled Historical Highlights of Public Land Management. Yes, the title sounds like a snooze-fest, but if you have ancestors who bought (or homesteaded) federal lands you need this booklet.

This 104-page annotated timeline has information on almost every piece of significant legislation affecting U.S. public lands — including something called the Helium Act(!) — plus fascinating historical details about how the land sales were handled at various times ...

Given the complexity of land research and yet how important it can be to pursuing our ancestors, do check out this freely available digital volume.

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