Land Records at the National Archives, Part II: Federal Bounty Land

Land Records at the National Archives, Part II: Federal Bounty Land


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by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

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Land Records at the National Archives, Part II: Federal Bounty Land


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Bounty lands were awarded by the federal government from 1788 to 1855 to encourage and reward service in the military. The process resulted in two records: 1) the bounty land application file, part of Record Group 15, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and 2) the land entry file, part of Record Group 49, Records of the General Land Office. Most of these records are not online but are held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC. Learn how to locate these records and come to NARA prepared to research.  


 
 

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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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