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Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records Automation web site.  This site provides a live Federal database with access to images of more than two million land titles of the Public Land States.  These records date back to 1820: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

This is a vast resource for genealogists searching in the states covered by this database.  States include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  They are currently adding more state.  This site will be fantastic once completed!


Start out by selecting a state and then place the surname you are looking for in the Patentee last name field or Warantee last name field.  Be sure to try your surnames in both fields.  You will get different results with each.


If you find someone in your family, you can write down the Section, township, range numbers.  Take those numbers and do another search using only those numbers (no names).  It will give you a list of people who had land transactions in the same area your family member lived in.  Search those names closely for siblings or relatives of your ancestor.  Also search for people who married into the family or were neighbors.   This is a great tool often overlooked at first glance.

The land records can also be printed out if you have the software and equipment that will allow you to do so.  If not, you can sometimes find the plug-ins you need online to allow you to print them out.  If not, you can order the records from them for a fee.  At the very least, you can copy the information down. 

I have even been known to go a step farther and get a land plat map of the area and map exactly where my ancestors land was using the section, township and range numbers.   It can be done!

URL to Bureau of Land Management:  http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

I am not affiliated in any way with this site.  It is being presented here as a tool to be used by my subscribers.  I hope it will be a help to all fellow genealogists.

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