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, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is also a retired colonel having served 31 years in the U.S. Army. Rick and his wife Pam coordinate the Advanced Land course and Researching in Washington, D.C., without Leaving Home offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Advanced Land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists at GRIP and the FHL Law Library course at SLIG. He also coordinates the Using Maps in Genealogy course at SLIG. Rick also instructs in the Advanced Methodology course offered by 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 is experienced in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rick is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is currently serving as the boards president.
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