Using state land grants or patents to obtain vital genealogy documents is one way to help tear down your family history brick walls.We've recently been helping a client discover more about an ancestor who lived in North Carolina in the mid- to late-1700s. Southern U.S. research that's this early requires a careful look at existing documents, especially since often there aren't nearly as many documents available as there are for the mid- to late-1800s. We were happy to find that this particular ancestor had received a state land grant from North Carolina so we could obtain more information about him as we searched for the link to his parents.What is a state land grant?Where deeds between private individuals generally involve only one document registered with the county, state land grants usually generate four separate documents. First, an entry was made to the state or county office by an individual who wanted to claim a parcel of land. Next, a survey would be ordered …Read more
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As you write your family history, don't neglect the wealth of information that can be found in the 1900 census! What were you doing at the turn of the century? Watching the Times Square Ball drop as Dick Clark prattled on? Were you hiding in a closet, worried about how Y2K would wreak havoc on your life? Were you partying like it was 1999?Author Ian Frazier masterfully wove together the happenings of the previous turn of the century with his own genealogical findings in the opening of his book, Family: “The Twentieth Century began on a Tuesday. On that day, all my great-grandparents but one were living in Ohio or Indiana.” What an enthralling way to tell your family history, as opposed to the tedious opening, “I was born...”Tell your captivating family history by describing what your grandparents were doing at the turn of the twentieth century. Discover this by finding them on the 1900 US Census or the 1901 UK Census.What will the 1900 US Census tell you about your …Read more
Having the honor of joining the Sons and Daughters of The American Revolution is no simple task. Here is what you need to know before you apply to this historical lineage society. We've been in business since 2004, and in that time, Legacy Tree has had countless numbers of people contact us about joining various lineage societies, with the most popular choice being the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution (SAR/DAR).While the documentation requirements for these societies differ slightly, the general steps for obtaining membership are the same. (For more information about the SAR and DAR, and additional details about each step listed below, see http://sar.org and http://dar.org.1) Determine If You are Eligible to JoinThis can seem like a daunting task! In order to join the SAR or DAR, you must be descended from a person who provided support to the American Colonies during the Revolutionary War. A common misconception is that the ancestor has to have actually been …Read more
There are recent changes in the DNA test from Ancestry, noting that their storage may affect your notification of genealogy matches. Here's what we recommend, and perhaps who to use in the future.Ancestry.com announced last week that they are no longer offering yDNA and mtDNA tests and will no longer store the data obtained from these tests after September 5, 2014.We haven't recommended Ancestry for these particular tests for a long time, but if you have had these tests done through Ancestry in the past your data can be retrieved and transferred to Family Tree DNA for only $19. This is recommended so you can continue to be notified of matches that could help with your genealogy research.Autosomal DNA testing (atDNA) IS still available through Ancestry. We recommend testing either through them, MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA, or 23andme.com, as they all run on the same basic laboratory platform and are about the same price.One of our DNA test experts has provided an excellent …Read more