Series Archive: Land Records

May 04

Tuesday Tools – The Bureau of Land Management Website and Records

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Land Records

I recently reviewed some land patents from our family. In most cases, little genealogical information can be found in land patent records. I find that land records are useful in identifying where my ancestors lived, and when. The (United States) Bureau of Land Management has a useful website with a lot of information concerning Federal …

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Oct 30

Granny’s Land Record Transcriptions

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Land Records

I received a Facebook comment with regard to my land record spreadsheet. I asked permission and added the comment at the end of the post here on my blog. A Facebook comment is soon lost in the feed of status updates, link posts and other miscellaneous garbage stuff information, and I prefer that comments and …

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Oct 29

Locating Property and Landmarks in Michigan.

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Land Records

As I have studied the land records of my families in Michigan, I have used a variety of maps and resources to be sure I know the location of each piece of property. I have likewise used multiple resources to visit homes, cemeteries, libraries and other research locations. Many of these are familiar, but perhaps …

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Oct 28

Liber 2 Page 403 What Does the Deed Tell Me?

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Land Records

Here are the basic facts from the transcription of the deed recorded in Liber 2 page 403 of Wexford County Deeds. The Grantor, Erasmus D. Abbott, of Sherman, Wexford, County, Michigan The Grantee: George W. Burdick of Cedar Creek, Wexford County, Michigan The witnesses: Oscar Barnes, a justice of the peace and William Briggs A …

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Oct 27

Liber 2 Page 403 Land Records, what next?

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Land Records

I am writing a little about my experience working with deed records, using Wexford County, Michigan as an example. After I had collected a list of the names and location of the records, I started through the deed record books using my form. It might be helpful to explain that although recording this information directly …

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Oct 26

Wexford County Deeds, Part 2

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Land Records

Now I had a neat spreadsheet of land records I extracted from the Wexford County, Michigan index books. What should I do next?  There were so many deeds, and I was not equally interested in them.  Or, at least at the moment I created my list from the index,  some were more important to me …

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Oct 23

Wexford County Deeds

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Land Records

Several years ago I read some deed indices in Wexford County, Michigan, looking for transactions for our ancestors. Papa had to travel to Cadillac, the county seat and our former home, for work, so I just hitched a ride and had him drop me at the courthouse. I did not go just once, I went …

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Sep 19

Mount Carmel Cemetery, Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan – Lot F-2

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Land Records

This cemetery is just inside the city limits on the south. It is on the west side of U.S. 131 (also Mitchell Street) as you enter the town. This is one of two cemeteries that a cousin and I visited in 2002. She is a Long descendant, and some of these graves are people who …

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