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January 14, 2014

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And how does this insular view help British, Australian, Canadian, etc. users? How does it encourage us to upgrade to V.8?

Dee - I would treat land records from any other country the same way - add the Deed event, add its citation, and review the updated Chronology.

Oh my, I need to go back to add more land/deed events to see if I can wriggle out another clue on several ancestors in late 1790s, early 1800s. Thanks, Geoff.

I loved this post. More like this please - so great to see real-life examples that integrate finding records, then analyzing them, and then finally documenting and storing the results. Great! In response to an earlier comment, the nationality of the record isn't the focus as much as the thought process behind using the chronology to take another look at what you have, and then acting on what you find.

Sometimes deed transactions weren't recorded for years after the event. Don't get hung up on the time frame of moving on to Iowa.

AND I strongly recommend the Land Use course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy for additional education on the value of land:)

Geoff,

The usefulness of Legacy in handling these sort of specialised records could be greatly enhanced if the alternative terminology used in other jurisdictions was available. For example, in Australia 'grantor' and 'grantee' have a completely different meaning. A 'grant' is the process and documentation when the land is first alienated from the Crown and a title is first issued (see, you are already confused!). Any subsequent transactions involve a 'vendor' and a 'purchaser'. All Australian states use the Torrens title system administered at a state level. It can be very confusing to people who are not familiar with the terminology to have to adapt to American concepts. It shouldn't be too difficult to provide a 'translation' of the basic concepts.

Most of my ancestors came from Scotland or England, where it was only a small group of people who were landowners in relation to the rest of the population, and my ancestors weren't part of that group. That's what drew them to Canada and the States. You've given incentive to search the land records here, but wish I could learn more about them as ag labourers and tenant farmers "back home".

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