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Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898

These township plat maps began with the Public Lands Survey in the United States initiated by the Land Ordinance Act of 1785, and this collection includes maps for all or parts of Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. Maps were prepared from survey field notes taken by deputy surveyors and can include physical details and man-made improvements. They also indicate township and section lines, section numbers, acreage of holdings, and sometimes names of landholders.

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Old Medical Terms and Diseases

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The following is a list of medical terms and diseases that will appear on historic documents. Feel free to print out and share this! Abdominal typhus – A type of typhus fever characterized by bluish spots appearing on the abdomen a few days after the disease is contracted. Ablepsia – Blindness. Abluent – A substance which thins, purifies, or sweetens the blood. Ablution – Washing the body externally or internally with diluting fluids. Abracadabra – A cabalistic word, used as a charm, and believed to have...

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Glossary of Passenger List Annotations

INS did not create ship passenger lists. The forms were completed by steamship companies, who then submitted the forms to the government. In some cases immigration officials annotated the lists to clarify or correct information. In other cases immigration officials later added information to the records as a cross-reference to certain naturalization papers.

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Early Immigrant Inspection Along the US/Mexican Border

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now There were few federal laws governing immigration into the United States prior to the late 19th century, and those tended to address immigration from Europe or Asia. The Steerage Act of 1819 regulated passenger travel and mandated the creation of records documenting the arrival of immigrants at seaports. Some passenger vessels arriving at United States ports sailed from Central or South America, but the majority of passenger vessels and passengers came from Europe. Not until 1891 did federal law provide for the inspection of immigrants arriving...

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How the Government Surveys Land

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 this law forms a part of the present State of Ohio, and is usually styled “Old Seven Ranges.” The town-ships, six miles square, were laid out in ranges, extending northward from...

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Guide to Using the Final Rolls

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

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Utah Archives, Libraries, and Historical Societies

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Free Source Summary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 own computer! More Information: A research log (source summary) can prove to be the most valuable forms you work on. It is here that you record the sources you have consulted...

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Free Family Group Chart

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 compilation much easier. Download Family Group Chart which you will be able to fill out on your own computer! More Information: These sheets can be arranged alphabetically by last name or...

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Free Correspondence Record

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 writing, you can also use it to keep track of emails! Download the Correspondence Record which you will be able to fill out on your own computer! More Information: Once recorded,...

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Free Research Extract Sheets

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 able to fill out on your own...

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Free Research Calendar

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 Calendar which you will be able to fill out on your own...

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Free Family Tree Chart

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 a “pedigree chart.” The following free family tree chart is very easy to fill in, just start with yourself and work your way backwards to your oldest known ancestor. Download the...

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Free Genealogy Charts

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 genealogy to keep track of their ancestry. The free genealogy charts linked below will enable you to begin development of a notebook in which you can track your ancestry as you research it. Before it becomes more then a past time project, we cannot emphasize the importance of keeping your family tree organized! All of these genealogy charts are downloadable, printable, easy to use, and free! Family Tree Chart Research Calendar Research Extract Free Census Forms Correspondence Record Family Group Chart Source...

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