Land Records at the National Archives, Part I: Land Entry Papers and Tract Books

Land Records at the National Archives, Part I: Land Entry Papers and Tract Books


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by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

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Land Records at the National Archives, Part I: Land Entry Papers and Tract Books


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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) holds virtually all of the land entry files created from the purchase of public land. Most of these records are not online, yet they contain valuable genealogical information. Related to land entry files are tract books that recorded each transaction, complicated to use because some are found at NARA, some at the Bureau of Land Management, and some online. A strategy for locating federal land records and maximizing research time at NARA will be presented. 


 
 

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Presenter: Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, a retired colonel who served 31 years in the U.S. Army, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is current secretary and immediate past president of BCG. He coordinates the Advanced Land course and the Using Maps in Genealogy course offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and he instructs in several other courses at SLIG. Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Family History Law Library course at SLIG. He also lectures at national conferences and presents nationwide seminars. His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, including military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents. Rick specializes in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio.
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