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. …
On Day 17 of Family History Month 2017, visit AfriGeneas and see what they have to offer!
AfriGeneas is a free website for anyone with African ancestry to help them find the resources they need for their family history research. Many of the collections are uploaded by volunteers and you'll need to register with AfriGeneas if you want to volunteer and upload files. AfriGeneas also has message boards/forums for exchanging information.
Some collections you can explore at AfriGeneas include:
African American Death Records - these are files uploaded by AfriGeneas volunteers and the volunteer's email is provided.
African American Census Records
African American Library Records-this includes general research guides and articles as well as records by state
African American Marriage Records
African American Photograph Collection-these are user submitted photos and are in alphabetical order
African American Slave Data Collection-can be browsed by Surname
Get ready for the Worldwide Indexing Event October 20-22!
Family History research can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Indexing creates a digital, searchable record of an older historical record, and is like tying a ribbon to that needle in the haystack, allowing it to be found with ease.
The Worldwide Indexing Event October 20-22 is a great time to give back to the family history community.
I once heard an indexer explain what motivated him. He was indexing records for children in an asylum.
They were called "inmates."
He had this visual image of a child behind prison bars, unable to find his or her family. Even if someone knew to look for these children, finding the right record source would be like searching for a needle in a haystack. He realized that every name he indexed was like tying a ribbon to one of these needles.
By donating a bit of time to type old records into computer fields and ma…
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