Private Land Claims—Complicated? Yes, but worth it! (a 2021 Reisinger Lecture)

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Oct 8, 2021
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Speaker's Introduction
1m 28s
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What is a Private Land Claim?
5m 15s
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Where are the Records?
7m 15s
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A Research Strategy
17m 46s
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Finding Aids
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An Example
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Questions / answers
3m 39s

About this webinar

When the United States acquired land that had been under the governance of foreign nations (Great Britain, France, Spain, and Mexico), the U.S. government agreed to grant title to landowners who could prove prior legal land rights from those foreign governments. This webinar shows how to access and use records resulting from the adjudication of these “private land claims,” which may provide significant family information.

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 a past president and current board member of BCG. He coordinates the Advanced Land course
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  1. MP
    merridee pavlenko
    2 years ago

    thank you Rick for aa wonderful webinar with loads of information. Thanks for making this available to those that couldn’t hear you the first time around. Great Job.

  2. JW
    julie wilson
    2 years ago

    Fascinating lecture. I learned quite a bit. Thank you for this lecture series.

  3. MF
    Moreen Frater
    2 years ago

    Excellent series! I learned quite a lot today that will be extremely helpful in my research. I’m most appreciative to the lecturers who took time to share their respective area of genealogical expertise and to Geoff Rasmussen and his team who coordinated and executed this series!

  4. DN
    Donna Newman
    2 years ago

    It IS a complicated area of research but I learned so much from this and know I’ll re-watch this again and again.

  5. FU
    Fran Ussery
    2 years ago

    Exceptional presentation!

  6. DM
    Dee Mathews
    2 years ago

    Rick Sayre does a great job of presenting information on land records. It is not an easy subject matter in most cases, so having an expert like Rick pave the way for us is an enormous bonus.

  7. TS
    Traci S. Kape Thysell-McPherson
    2 years ago

    Thanks Rick for your presentation. Thank you for all the resources and the walk through. I can tell you have built up a life time of knowledge. This is one I will need to watch a few times.

  8. EK
    Estella K Johnson
    2 years ago

    So much new information.. i will need to watch this again. Thank you, Rick, and BCG.


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