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This article originally appeared in "Land Records" by Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, FUGA in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy

Contents

General Reference

Allen, David Grayson. In English Ways: The Movement of Societies and the Transferral of English Local Law and Custom to Massachusetts Bay in the Seventeenth Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1981.

Anderson-Latham Collection, 1777-1881. Accession 23634. Personal Papers Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 117 surveys.

Aprill, Jane Gardner. "New Orleans: Jewels in the Crown." FORUM 13 (Fall 2001).

Blackstone, William. Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book 2. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1766.

Bowen, Richard LeBaron. Early Rehoboth: Documented Historical Studies of Families and Events in this Plymouth Colony Township. Vol. 4. Rehoboth, Mass.: the author, 1950.

Brown, Margie G. Genealogical Abstracts Revolutionary War Veterans Scrip Act 1852. Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen Publishing Co., 1990.

Bureau of Land Management. Brief Notes on the Public Domain. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Land Management, 1957.

---. Public Land Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Land Management, 1962.

"Bute Co., N.C.: 1771 Tax List." North Carolinian 7 (1961): 899-907.

Corn, Leslie. "New York City Research Guide, Part One: Vital Records, Property Records, and Estate Records." New England Historic Genealogical Society. http://newenglandancestors.org/articles/research.

Dorman, John Frederick. "Colonial Law of Primogeniture." I-12, World Conference of Records. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969.

Eales, Anne Bruner, and Robert M. Kvasnicka. Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. 3rd ed. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 2001.

Early Kentucky Tax Records from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. 1984; reprint Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

Eichholz, Alice, ed. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004.

Forsythe, Dall W. Taxation and Political Change in the Young Nation, 1781-1833. New York City: Columbia University Press, 1977.

"Franklin-Warren-Vance Cos. Area Father-Son Relationships in 1771." North Carolinian 11 (1965): 1,499-515.

Freilich, Kay Haviland. "Genealogical Research in Pennsylvania." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 90 (March 2002): 7-36.

Friedman, Lawrence M. A History of American Law. 3rd ed. New York: Touchstone, 2005.

Garner, Bryan A., ed. Black's Law Dictionary. 8th ed. West Information Publishing Group, 2004.

Gates, Paul W. History of Public Land Law Development, pp. 87-119. Washington, D.C.: Public Land Law Review Commission, 1968.

---. "Private Land Claims in the South." Journal of Southern History 22 (1956): 183-204.

Gilroy, Marion. Loyalists and Land Settlement in Nova Scotia. 1937; reprint, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.

Graven, William R. Index to Selected Hamilton County, Ohio Recorder's Books, 1801-1820. Milford, Ohio: Little Miami Publishing, 2000.

Greenwood, Val D. Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. 2000; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003.

Guzic, Estelle. Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area. New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 2003.

Hanson, Edward W., and Homer Vincent Rutherford. "Genealogical Research in Massachusetts: A Survey and Bibliographical Guide." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 13 (1981): 177.

Hatcher, Patricia Law. Locating Your Roots: Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2003.

Hone, E. Wade. Land and Property Research in the United States. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.

Hopkins, William Lindsay. Virginia Revolutionary War Land Grant Claims 1783-1850 (Rejected). Richmond, Va.: the author, 1988.

Jacobus, Donald Lines. "Connecticut." Genealogical Research Methods and Sources. Edited by Milton Rubincam and Kenn Stryker-Rodda. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Genealogists, 1960-71.

Jillson, Willard Rouse. Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds: A Complete Index to All of the Earliest Land Entries, Military Warrants, Deeds and Wills of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Filson Club publication no. 34. 1926; reprint; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999.

Knepper, George W. Official Ohio Lands Book. At http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/StudentResources/OhioLands/ohio_lands.pdf.

Knowlton, Clark S., ed. "Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in the Southwest: A Symposium." Social Science Journal 13 (October 1976): 1-63.

Laws of the State of Indiana . . . Tenth Session. Indianapolis: Douglas and Maguire, printers, 1826.

Lee, Lawrence B. "American Public Land History: A Review Essay." Agricultural History 55 (1981): 284-99.

Martin, T. P. "The Confirmation of French and Spanish Land Titles in the Louisiana Purchase." MA thesis, University of California, Berkeley, 1914.

Mitchell, Robert D. Commercialism and Frontier: Perspectives on the Early Shenandoah Valley. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.

Morrow, Mary Francis. "Indian Bounty Land Applications." Prologue 25 (Fall 1993).

Mullen, Eileen. Hamilton County, Ohio, Index of Early Deed Books, 1804-1806 and 1814-1817. Milford, Ohio: Little Miami Publishing, 2004.

Palmer, Gregory Palmer. A Bibliography of Loyalist Source Material in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Westport and London: Meckler Publishing and the American Antiquarian Society, 1982.

Pelzer, Louis. "The Private Land Claims of the Old Northwest Territory." Iowa Journal of History and Politics 12 (1914): 363-93.

Richardson, Lemont K. "Private Land Claims in Missouri." Missouri Historical Review 50 (1955-56): 132-44, 271-86, 387-99.

Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures. San Jose, Calif.: CR Publications, 2004.

Rubincam, Milton, and Kenn Stryker-Rodda, eds. Genealogical Research Methods and Sources. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Genealogists, 1960-71.

Salmon, John. "Revolutionary War Records in the Archives & Records Division of the Virginia State Library." Genealogy 70 (July 1982): 2-10.

Salmon, Marylynn. Women and the Law of Property in Early America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

Shammas, Carole, Marylynn Salmon, and Michel Dahlin. Inheritance in America from Colonial Times to the Present. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1987.

Smith Clifford Neal. "Virginia Land Grants in Kentucky and Ohio, 1784-1799." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 61 (1973).

Szucs, Loretto D., and Sandra H. Luebking. The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988.

Thorndale, William. "The Lindseys of Maury County, Tennessee." Typescript. At Family History Library.

Winslow Jr., Raymond A. "Tax and Fiscal Records." In Helen F. M. Leary, North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History. Rev. ed. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.

Claims

Beers, Henry Putney. Spanish & Mexican Records of the American Southwest: A Bibliographical Guide to Archive and Manuscript Sources. 1979; reprint, Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

Coldham, Peter Wilson. American Loyalist Claims: Abstracted from the Public Record Office, Audit Series 13, Bundles 1-35 & 37. Washington D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1980.

Fraser, Alexander, ed. United Empire Loyalists Inquiry into the Losses of Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty. Evidence in the Canadian Claims. 2 vols. Toronto: King's Printer, 1905.

Gates, Paul W. "Private Land Claims in the South." Journal of Southern History 22 (1956): 183-204.

Lainhart, Ann. A Researcher's Guide to Boston (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003).

Martin, T. P. "The Confirmation of French and Spanish Land Titles in the Louisiana Purchase." MA thesis, University of California, Berkeley, 1914.

McKee, T. H. "Index to Reports of Committee on Private Land Claims, House of Representatives." House Index to Committee Reports (Y1.3:C73/2): 5-20.

McMullin, Phillip W. Grassroots of America. 1972; reprint, Greenville, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1993.

Montaya, Maria. Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1900. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Naylor, Chris. "Those Elusive Early Americans: Public Lands and Claims in the American State papers, 1789-1837." Prologue 37, no. 2 (Summer 2005). At http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2005/summer/state-papers.html.

Pelzer, Louis. "The Private Land Claims of the Old Northwest Territory." Iowa Journal of History and Politics 12 (1914): 363-93.

Reports of the Committees on Private Land Claims of the Senate and House of Representatives. 2 vols. 45th cong., 3rd sess., misc. doc. 81, serial 1836.

Smith, Clifford Neal. French and British Land Grants in the Post Vincennes (Indiana) District, 1750-1784. Four Parts in One. Originally Published as Monographs 1-4, Selections from "The American State Papers." 1996; reprint, Baltimore: Clearfield Press, 2004.

Steele, Ted. A Guide to Genealogical Research in St. Louis. University City, Mo.: the author, n.d.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis. Chicago and Cook County: A Historical & Genealogical Guide. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996.

Terheiden, Connie S., and Kenny R. Burck. Guide to Genealogical Resources in Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. Milford, Ohio: Little Miami Publishing, 2003.

Colonial Land

Akagi, Roy Hidemichi. The Town Proprietors of the New England Colonies: A Study of Their Development, Organization, Activities and Controversies, 1620-1770. 1924; reprint, Peter Smith Publishers, 1963.

Allen, David Grayson. In English Ways: The Movement of Societies and the Transferral of English Local Law and Custom to Massachusetts Bay in the Seventeenth Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1981.

Cronin, William. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. New York: Hill and Wang Publishers, 2003.

Ely, James W., Jr. Property Rights in the Colonial Era and Early Republic (Property Rights in American History: From the Colonial Era to the Present). Garland Publishing, 1997.

Emery, Margaret Hickerson. "The Adeustone-Rogers Families of Virginia: Tracing a Colonial Lineage Through Entailment and Naming Patterns." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 77, no. 2 (June 1989): 89-106.

Hofmann, Margaret M. Writing in "Land Grants." Chapter 31 in North Carolina Research Genealogy and Local History, edited by Helen F. M. Leary. 2nd ed. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.

Leary, Helen F. M. "Abstracting." In North Carolina Research Genealogy and Local History, edited by Helen F. M. Leary. 2nd ed. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.

Leary, Helen F. M. North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History, edited by Helen F. M. Leary. 2nd ed. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.

Morris, Richard B. "Colonial Law Governing the Distribution and Alienation of Land." Studies in the History of American Law with Special Reference to the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. New York: Columbia University Press, 1930.

Petty, James W. "Seventeenth Century Virginia County Court Headright Certificates." Virginia Genealogist 45 (2001): 3-22, 112-22.

---. "William Gany and Thomas Savage's Headright." Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 42, no. 2 (May 2004): 91-96.

Powell, Sumner Chilton. Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1970.

Price, Edward T. Dividing the Land: Early American Beginnings of Our Private Property Mosaic. University of Chicago Geography Research Paper No. 238. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Stoddard, David F. "Land System of the New England Colonial Colonies." Connecticut Nutmegger 11 (1979): 556-64.

Sturtz, Linda L. Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia (New World in the Atlantic World Series). New York: Routledge, 2002.

Winslow, Raymond A., Jr. "Land Records." In North Carolina Research Genealogy and Local History, edited by Helen F. M. Leary, 209-20. 2nd ed. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.

Maps & Mapping

Arphax Publishing Co. Norman, Okla. http://www.arphax.com. Producers of patent maps in Deluxe and Homestead editions.

Fox, Michael J. "The Map Collection." Genealogical Research: An Introduction to the Resources of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1979. Update edition, 1986.

Library of Congress. List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress. 8 vols. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1909-74.

The Newberry Library. Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1900. 11 vols. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1980.

Stephenson, Richard W. Land Ownership Maps. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1967.

Wilford, John Noble. The Mapmakers. Rev. ed. Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

Military Bounty Land

Bockstruck, Lloyd D. Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996.

Brumbaugh, Gaius Marcus. Revolutionary War Records . . .Virginia Army and Navy Forces with Bounty Land Warrants for Virginia Military Scrip; from Federal and State Archives. Washington, D.C., 1936.

Helm, April Leigh, et al., comps. War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants 1815-1858. CD-ROM. Champaign, Ill.: FamilyToolbox.net, 2003.

Lutz, Paul V. "Land Grants for Service in the Revolution." New York Historical Society Quarterly 48 (1964): 221-35.

National Genealogical Society. Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications in the National Archives. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1976.

Oberly, James W. "Military Bounty Land Warrants of the Mexican War." Prologue 14 (1982): 25-34.

---. Sixty Million Acres: American Veterans and the Public Lands Before the Civil War. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1990.

Prechtel-Kluskens, Claire. "The Robert Archibald-Elizabeth McCormick Marriage and Other Details About the Archibald-McCormick-Johnson Families of Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana in a Bounty-Land Warrant Application." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 92 (September 2004): 221-27.

Smith, Clifford Neal. Federal Land Series: A Calendar of Archival Materials on the Land Patents Issued by the United States Government, with Subject, Tract, and Name Indexes. Vol 2: 1799-1835. Federal Bounty-Land Warrants of the American Revolution; and Vol 4, Parts 1 & 2, Grants in the Virginia Military District of Ohio. 1972-86; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

Vivian, Jean H. "Military Land Bounties During the Revolutionary and Confederation Periods." Maryland Historical Magazine 61 (1966): 231-56.

White, Virgil D. Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files. National Historical Publishing, 1993.

---. Index to War of 1812 Pension Files. National Historical Publishing Co., 1989.

Public Land

Billington, Ray Allen, and Martin Ridge. Western Expansion, a History of the American Frontier. 6th ed. University of New Mexico Press, 2001.

Donaldson, Thomas. The Public Domain: Its History with Statistics. House misc. doc. 45 pt. 4, 47th cong., 2nd sess. 1884; reprint, New York: Johnson Reprint, 1970.

Gates, Paul W. History of Public Land Law Development. Washington D.C.: Public Land Law Review Commission, 1968.

---. Fifty Million Acres. (The Management of Public Lands in the U.S. Series). Ayer Company Publishers, 1979.

---. Allan G. Bogue, et al. The Jeffersonian Dream: Studies in the History of American Land Policy and Development. University of New Mexico Press, 1996.

Igler, David. Industrial Cowboys: Miller and Lux and the Transformation of the Far West 1850-1920. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

Merrill, Karen R. Public Lands and Political Meaning: Ranchers, the Government, and the Property Between Them. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Pincetl, Stephanie S. Transforming California: A Political History of Land Use and Development. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Riley, Glenda. Taking Land, Breaking Land: Women Colonizing the American West and Kenya, 1840-1940. University of New Mexico Press, 2003.

Robbins, Roy Marvin. Our Landed Heritage: The Public Domain, 1776-1970. 2nd ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1976.

Rohrbough, Malcolm J. The Land Office Business: The Settlement and Administration of American Public Lands, 1789-1837. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1990.

Smith, Clifford Neal. Federal Land Series: A Calendar of Archival Materials on the Land Patents Issued by the United States Government, with Subject, Tract, and Name Indexes. 4 vols. 1972-86; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

Treat, Payson Jackson. The National Land System, 1785-1820. 1910; reprint, William S. Hein and Co., 2003.

U.S. Public Land Commission. Laws of the United States of a Local or Temporary Character and Exhibiting the Entire Legislation of Congress Upon Which the Public Land Titles in Each State and Territory Have Depended. House exec. doc. no. 47, pts. 2-3, 46th cong., 3rd sess., serial no. 1976. 1881; reprint, Arno Press, 1979.

Yoshpe, Harry P., and Philip P. Brower. Preliminary Inventory of the Land-Entry Papers of the General Land Office. Preliminary Inventory 22. 1949; reprint, San Jose, Calif.: Rose Family Association, 1996.

Surveying

Bedini, Silvio A. With Compass and Chain: Early American Surveyors and Their Instruments. Professional Surveyors Publishing Co., 2001.

Bureau of Land Management. Manual of Instructions for the Survey of the Public Lands of the United States. Technical Bulletin 6. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Interior, 1973.

Department of the Interior. Catalog of the United States Geological Survey Library. 24 vols. plus a first supplement of 11 vols. and a second of 4. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1964, 1972-74.

Hughes, Sara S. Surveyors and Statesmen: Land Measuring in Colonial Virginia. Richmond, Va.: Virginia Surveyors Foundation and The Virginia Association of Surveyors, 1979.

Linklater, Andro. Measuring America: How the United States Was Shaped by the Greatest Land Sale in History. Reissued ed. Plume Books, 2003.

Taxation

Bond, Beverley W., Jr. The Quit-Rent System in the American Colonies. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1919.

Carroll, Cornelius. The Beginner's Guide to Using Tax Lists. 1996; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

Ely, Richard T. Taxation in American States and Cities. Thomas Y. Crowell and Co., 1888.

Perkins, Edwin J. The Economy of Colonial America. 2nd ed. Columbia University Press, 1988.


Internet Resource

Claims

Knetsch, Joe. "Private Land Claims: Sources of the Problems." Professional Surveyor 24, no. 9 (September 2004).http://www.profsurv.com/newpsm/archive.php.

U.S. Congress. The American State Papers, Class VIII, Public Lands and the American State Papers, Class IX, Claims. Washington, D.C.: Gales and Seaton, 1832-61; reprint, Greenville, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1993. http://www.memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html.

Military Bounty Land

Butler, Stuart L. "Genealogical Records of the War of 1812." Prologue 23, no. 4 (Winter 1991). http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue.

National Archives. Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. 3 vols. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1996. http://www.archives.gov/records_of_congress/senate_guide.

Public Land

Hawkins, Kenneth, comp. "Research in the Land Entry Files of the General Land Office (Record Group 49)." General Information Leaflet Number 67. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1997. http://www.archives.gov/publications/general_information_leaflets.

Potter, Constance. "De Smet, Dakota Territory, Little Town in the National Archives." Prologue 35, no. 4 (Winter 2003). http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue.

Surveying

Knetsch, Joe. "Meandering: View of Instructions." Professional Surveyor 24, no. 2 (February 2004).http://www.profsurv.com/newpsm/archive.php.

San Francisco Estuary Institute. "Map Interpretation III. Projections and Survey Systems." http://www.sfei.org/ecoatlas/GIS/MaInterpretation/ProjectionsSurveySystems.html.

Virginia Surveyors Foundation. Sells many manuals and guides that are otherwise difficult to find (i.e., Lowell Stewart's Public Land Surveys: History, Instructions, Methods. Ames: University of Iowa Press, 1935.) http://www.surveyhistory.org

Taxation

Rabushka, Alvin. "The Colonial Roots of American Taxation, 1607-1700." Policy Review, no. 14 (2002). http://www.policyreview.org/AUG02/rabushka_print.html.

Rosen, Harvey S. "Taxation." Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2004. http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761573037/Taxation.html

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