Land Records 101

When you're trying to pinpoint ancestral residences, determine wealth or even trace descendants, land records can often provide answers—once you get past unfamiliar terminology and survey systems. In this course, you will master the basics of US land records research, including what documents to look for (online and offline), how to "plat" land and how to make the most of these often-overlooked resources.

Land Records 101
  • Definitions and terminology used in property and deeds
  • Locating and platting land using the “metes and bounds” method
  • Locating and platting land using the federal “rectangular survey” method
  • Special programs, such as military bounty lands and the Homestead Acts
  • Finding and using records at the Bureau of Land Management website
  • Finding and gleaning the most from land records

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What's Included
  • Access your courses anytime, anywhere, with a computer, tablet or smartphone - and complete classes at your own pace
  • Learn invaluable new tips to help your genealogy research
  • Have all your family history inquiries answered by our expert genealogy instructors