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Digging for Gold in Butler County Land Records by Liz Stratton

Digging for Gold in Butler County Land Records by Liz Stratton

Land records are one of the best sources of genealogical gold in the United States. When census records have little identifying information (1790-1840) and vital records become scarce, land records provide the answers. Deeds created after the death of a land-owning ancestor may identify family members—often multiple generations. The widow’s first name and married names of daughters may be discovered. But that is not all; deeds sometimes identify our ancestor’s former residence. They locate our ancestor in a place—not just a community or county, but a specific property. We can use this to sort out identities and identify neighbors. Neighbors lead to potential spouses and more. Some deeds provide the mother-lode by pointing us to other records—military service, court, marriage, newspaper and other records………

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