Property Description in the U.S.: Metes and Bounds and PLSS

How property is defined in the United States depends on how the land was originally granted.  For the 13 colonies and a few other state, the state granted the land.  These are known as State Land States, and they use the Metes and Bounds system to define property.   For the rest of the country, land ... Read more

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The Power of the People: Voices via Petitions

Sometimes our ancestors had to “fight” for what they wanted. Sometimes they sought government authorization for certain activities.  These and other causes required petitions. Petitions are a means by which one person or many or a whole community can seek to change the status quo.  Much of early legislation in our country is a result ... Read more

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Stroll Through Ledgers and Explore Ancestors’ Everyday Lives

Business/organization ledgers document everyday business transactions that involved our families and can uncover information about their life as well as genealogical clues.  We’ll discuss many different kinds of ledgers as kept by these businesses, what we can learn from these ledgers, and how we can locate them. Besides placing individuals and families in space and ... Read more

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Understanding Land Grants from Lord Granville

From 1748 to 1776, all new land in the upper half of North Carolina had to be obtained from Lord Granville instead of the King of England.   Vacant land in North Carolina was allocated by the 8 Lords Proprietors from its founding in 1663 until 1729 when 7 of them sold their rights back to ... Read more

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