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The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

Jun 10, 2019

In our podcast episode today, Diana and I discuss several reasons to research land. A land record may reveal the following: a family relationship, clues to past or present residence, associates, evidence of migration, and more. We also explain the differences between “state land states” and “federal land states” in the United States system of land distribution. We look at the metes and bounds system of land measurement as well as the grid system (township and range).


Back to the Basics with Land Records Part 1 - blog post by Diana

Diltsgd, a FamilySearch Research Wiki user, “Federal Land States vs. State Land States,” FamilySearch.

Kimberly Powell, “Metes, Bounds & Meanders,” updated March 17, 2017, ThoughtCo.

E.Wade Hone, Land & Property Research in the United States (Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry Inc., 1997). (Affiliate link)

DiltsGD, a FamilySearch Research Wiki User, “Congressional Township Rectangular Survey Grid,” FamilySearch.

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