How the Government Surveys Land

Example of a Quarter Section in a Plat Map

From instructions by J. A. Williamson, Commissioner The rectangular system of surveying Government lands, termed the Land System of the United States, was adopted by an act of Congress passed May 20, 1785. The ordinance provided for townships six miles square, containing thirty-six sections of one mile square. The region embraced by the surveys under



Guide to Using the Final Rolls

Frank T. Swift Enrollment Card

These pages can be searched to discover the enrollee’s name, age, sex, blood degree, type, census card number and roll number. Check the headings in each column. The letter guide was furnished by the National Archives. These letters can appear both on Type and Roll number A – Adopted AD- Adopted Delaware D – Doubtful



Utah Archives, Libraries, and Historical Societies

Utah Archives Utah State Archives City of Logan Archives Utah Libraries Family History Library Harold B. Lee Library – BYU J. Willard Marriott Library – Univ. Utah Logan Public Library Utah Societies Utah Genealogical Association Utah State Historical Society Mormon History Society Draper Historical Society Washington City Historical Society



Free Source Summary

Source Summary

A source summary is a helpful way to be able to refer quickly to information you have found for a particular family and the sources of that information. Keep a separate source summary of information found for each family group chart. Download the source summary which you will be able to fill out on your



Free Family Group Chart

Family Group Chart

Family Group Charts provide the vital history of each family.  Each piece of information concerning a pedigree ancestor and his/her family is placed on a worksheet. Since the end result of your research efforts will be to compile complete, correct and connected families, the use of family group sheets from the beginning will make the



Free Correspondence Record

Correspondence Record

A correspondence form is the best way to record important people you have corresponded with, the reasons for writing, and whether or not you have already received an answer.  The correspondence chart also provides you with a genealogical address book by ancestor. While it was originally designed as a method to keep track of letter



Free Research Extract Sheets

Research Extract

Use the free research extract sheets to summarize information which cannot be photocopied, for which there is no document in your possession, or for things such as deeds which may be time-consuming or difficult to reread quickly when you need information from the copy you have. Download the research extract sheet which you will be



Free Research Calendar

Research Calendar

The research calendar gives an account of every record source you have searched and serves as a reminder of what you have already done and where you have found pertinent information.  Each Research Calendar has a place to record the family name, date and source you checked and the information you found. Download the Research



Free Family Tree Chart

Ahnatafel Chart

A blank family tree chart enables you to record the ancestors from whom you directly descend–those for whom you intend to compile a complete and correct family unit. It shows at a glance the progress you have made towards this goal and what remains to be done.  Some people also consider this to be called



Free Genealogy Charts

In genealogy, there are some forms that are basic to the hobby and it is important that you become familiar with these forms early in your project. It is on these forms that you will record all of the pieces of information you gather. Genealogy charts have long been an easy method for those beginning



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