Land records were kept in most jurisdictions before vital records. Because land was so important to our ancestors (and because the government needed to know who to tax), land records were kept on a consistent basis. Let’s explore the genealogical treasures waiting to be found in land records.
Amy Johnson Crow, Amy holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She has held a Certified Genealogist credential since 1995. Amy has worked at Ancestry.com, served as the series editor for the National Genealogical Society Guides, published by Rutledge Hill Press, and was the co-author of Online Roots in that series. Amy is the author of 31 Days to Better Genealogy, a resource guide filled with practical tips you can put into practice right away, as well as more than 40 articles in various genealogical publications. She has presented at genealogy’s top events, including RootsTech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference.