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* Finding the minimum information for land records

A land record will give the address or location of property that a person owned. To find land records, you must at least know the individual's name and the state or county where the person was living. If you do not have the minimum information to locate a land record, you can either:

* Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting one of the following items,

Name

Birthplace

Marriage place

Place of death

* click the Back button at the top of this window to return to the list of other places where you can find places lived, or

* read the paragraph below for additional tips.

Finding land records

Probate records may be helpful in your search for land records, because wills often list property that is being willed to heirs, and may even give a legal description of the land.

Even if you don't have the minimum information required to find the original records, you're not completely out of luck. Indexes to land records have been made for some states and counties. These indexes provide you with the information you need to access the original record. Check with libraries and genealogy societies in the area -- they may know if any indexes exist for the records that you need.

The FamilyFinder Index, a feature of Family Tree Maker software and also available for searching at FamilyTreeMaker.com, is an index of over 220 million names from census records, marriage records, Social Security death records, actual family trees, and more. This feature can help you by telling you if your ancestor's name is actually listed on one of the land record CDs Genealogy.com sells. Using the FamilyFinder Index couldn't be easier -- all you need to do is enter the names of your ancestors right into your own computer. If the FamilyFinder Index tells you that your ancestors are listed, then it's simple to locate your ancestor's record. For more information about FamilyFinder, or for information about purchasing CD-ROM indexes, see the topic All about FamilyFinder.

Finding places a family has lived

Make sure you have checked items at home such as old letters or day books. You may find addresses in them. For a complete list of places to check at home, see the topic Finding information at home. You may also want to check for family histories and local histories in genealogy libraries and public libraries where your ancestors lived. They may mention family addresses.

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