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

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
May 16, 2019
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Introduction
8m 31s
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The Public Domain
4m 20s
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1785 Ordinance
9m 07s
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Legal Land Description
16m 03s
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Land Acquisition Process
3m 03s
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The Records
2m 59s
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Types of Land Entries
19m 06s
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Homesteads
20m 52s

About this webinar

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.

About the speaker

About the speaker

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 the immediate past president of BCG. He coordinates the Advanced Land course and the Usin
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