Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about how land grants and patents were received from the federal government. Diana tells about the process for our ancestors who applied for a land patent in federal land states and the papers that were created in the process. She ordered the Land Entry Case File from the National Archives for Thomas B. Royston and tells all about each paper contained in the file and its genealogical use. We also discuss headright grants in the Virginia Colony and George Land Lottery records.
Back to the Basics with Land Records: Part 3 – Land Grants & Patents
Tract Books – FamilySearch Wiki
Virginia Land and Property – FamilySearch Wiki
Headrights (VA-NOTES) – Library of Virginia
U.S. Land Records and Property – FamilySearch Wiki
Study Group – more information and email list
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com
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This podcast and a related blog post have been so helpful to locate land warrants for two of my ancestors. I’m ready to order the file on my second ancestor. The first one, although it says 60-90 days, only took me three weeks. I have another ancestor who got bounty land because he served in the War of 1812. Is it possible to order that file as well? I haven’t found his service on Fold3. Thanks so much for the blog and podcast!
It’s always great when things come earlier than expected! Have fun with your land research.
Ok I was confused because it said he was with a company of NY volunteers. I went ahead and ordered that as well.
Perfect! I just used a War of 1812 pensions file in a New York project and it was very helpful. Good luck with yours!