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. If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.

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.
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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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

BLM - Bureau of Land Management

Did your U.S. ancestors buy land from the Federal Government?  You can find out and search by state.  This site contains Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including access to images of more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. The site also has images related to survey plats and field notes as far back as 1810. I checked out the site and searched for a distant relative that I know participated in the "land rush" in the Oklahoma territory and found a digital image of the original document showing that the land was transferred to him.  Currently their mapping feature is not active, but they do promise to have it functional sometime soon.

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