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    Land Records Here We Come! Digging for Ancestors with Michelle Roos Goodrum


    I am so excited about Michelle Roos Goodrum's new book Digging for Ancestors: An In-Depth Guide to Land Records, not just because I know it will be well-written and researched, but because I NEED THIS BOOK.

    I've been working with land records more and more and I've looked for a guide that would explain unfamiliar terms, give tips for transcribing and extracting information, and direct my research time for effective results. I can't wait to "dig into" Michelle's new book; from the topic list in the Table of Contents, it promises to answer a lot of questions:

    Table of Contents


    Quick Start: Top Ten Tips
    Getting Started with Land Records Research
    Using Deed Indexes and Deeds
    Transcribing Documents: Quick Answers to Why and How
    Understanding Extracts and Abstracts
    What are Dower and Dowry?
    Using the BLM in Your Research
    Baffled by Legal Property Descriptions?
    Let's Talk: State Land States
    A Look at Cash Entry Files
    Examining a Homestead File
    Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems
    Cemetery Deeds: They're Land Records, Too
    Three Reasons to Visit the Old Family Home
    Google Earth: See the Past in the Present
    Fun with Land and Property Records
    Appendix A: Resources for Land Records Research
    Appendix B: Township Grid

    As Michelle notes, the contents includes material from her "Timeless Territories" column published at The In-Depth Genealogist, from her blog Turning of Generations, along with new material and resources.

    I have come to know Michelle from our shared interest in caring for family treasures; we both inherited a legacy of family photos, documents, and artifacts and have been working on digitizing and organizing the collections. Congratulations, Michelle, on your latest accomplishment. 

    Digging for Ancestors is available now as a PDF download from the In-Depth Genealogist and for Kindle, Nook, and in Paperback.


    Note: I was provided with a review copy from the publisher. I am an Amazon Affiliate.

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