GENEALOGY AND HISTORY SITES THAT ARE FREE TO ACCESS AND FREE TO USE

Hard to find but free places where you can research genealogy on line, without having to pay. Your comments and feedback are welcome to any post.

About me: Jerry E. Reed
First and foremost, I am a seasoned voice talent and media/public relations specialist with many other interests. I have been helping businesses with their narrations, presentations, commercials, and more all of my adult life.
For more information about Jerry Reed - Voice Talent visit:
http://jerryreed.com

I am also a genealogist, a
n avid photographer, and artisan bread baker.
My genealogy interest began before personal computers were a family "must have." Personal genealogy computer research has blossomed in the past 15 years. It wasn't long before someone decided that they could charge for information that should be free and in the public domain. I have always been frustrated by that. Now, thousands and thousands of pages of useful facts are coming on line daily in free-to-access digital archives located all over the world. So, I'm constantly searching for new sources of free on line material. Blog updates follow this section and all links are added to the master list below the new posts.
Updates are posted when
I discover another new source or when something I have already reviewed gets a major update.
Have fun and enjoy.
Note: if you find a link no longer works, please let me know so I can research and update it.



Sunday, March 6, 2011

Federal (US) Bureau of Land Mangement Records Search

At this site you can search Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. The site description says: "We also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States."  However,  you can search Federal Land Patents, which offer researchers "a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals. In addition to verifying title transfer, this information will allow the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date). This site has a variety of Land Patents on the site, including Cash Entry, Homestead and Military Warrant patents." I did a quick search on a distant cousin that I know was involved in the great Oklahoma land rush in the 1860s.  His name immediately came up with the date of the land transfer and record of his homestead, including a PDF copy of the original document.  This is an important family history find for those families involved in the great US western migration of the 1800s.

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

No comments:

Sociable