Here's a 5-minute video tour of the RootsTech Connect 2021 Genealogy Convention.
At the end of the convention hall tour is a 5-minute video explanation of Relatives at Rootstech, a new and improved feature that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own home or office. There's also a free Surname Search tool if you haven't added yourself to the FamilySearch family tree (so they can't compute your Relatives at RootsTech).
Be sure to visit www.rootstech.org, join Relatives at RootsTech, and see if we're related. I'm Alyson Tayler (maiden name) in the FamilySearch tree so that's how to search for me. And visit the Expo Hall vendors for free Conference swag and promotions.
Some promotions and swag include: subscription discounts, free downloadable books, free downloadable genealogy magazines, resources from genealogy societies, and at the OnGenealogy booth I have a couple of free, fillable-pdf family tree art 8x10s you can download, fill out on y…
On Day 18 of Family History Month, visit the US Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (GLO) and track where your ancestors lived. Where they lived and why they lived there is a good part of your heritage.
The Bureau of Land Management has digitized records of land grants, survey plats, field notes, land status records, and more. For a more thorough description of the collections available at the BLM, visit this page listing each collection.
Federal Land Patents
Here are two examples of land patent records at the Bureau of Land Management. Land patents show the transfer of land from the Federal government to individuals. The first is a land grant for Homestead property, land granted to someone when they met the requirements of the 1862 Homestead Act.
Here is another example of a land grant near Montgomery, Alabama at the BLM site:
This is a survey of the same piece of land near Montgomery, Alabama. …
This is a simple way to find free, online, county property records and other county record sets in the US (counties vary in what digitized records are available online).
I'll be working on a family member's estate for the next few months and have needed to find out if property taxes for past years have been paid.
The Old Way
I usually just google the county I need, "official website durham county north carolina" for example, go to the official county website, fiddle around for 5 minutes until I find the county assessor/etc link, and search from there.
The New Way
This site simplifies the process: http://publicrecords.netronline.com/
At NETROnline.com (Nationwide Environmental Title Research, LLC) you select the state by clicking on the map or the state name link below the map, then,
You'll be shown a list of all counties with online websites
You'll select the county you want
You'll be shown a list of direct links to…
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