News From Terre Haute, Indiana


January 30, 2010

Genealogy: Internet handy for genealogy research

TERRE HAUTE — One of my favorite things about the Internet is the genealogy databases that are available to search. You can subscribe to Ancestry or go to almost any library to use it for free. You can use Heritage Quest free from home with your library card, and the Family Search pilot project is also free for the time being. These are databases that contain massive amounts of information, from census, to state and county records, to foreign records. Here are some of my other favorite (free) databases:

The Bureau of Land Management General Land Office (BLM GLO) Web site at allows the user to search through original land patents granted by the federal government on public lands. The user can search land patents and surveys and download a copy of the original documents. The site has recently added land status records for Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The site is also currently adding military land warrant information for warrants granted as a result of military service.

The state of Illinois has a similar database called the Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database at www.ilsos.




html. This site can be searched by the legal description of the land (section, range, township), by county, or by the name of the original purchaser. I wish every state had something like this.

The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Land Office Web site at is so wonderful that it deserves an entire column (or two) devoted to it (which I plan to write at some point). At this site, you can search the Virginia and Old Kentucky patent series, Revolutionary War warrants, certificates of settlement and preemption warrants, Virginia treasury warrants, old Lincoln County entries, county court order patents, west of Tennessee River military and non-military patents, and Jackson Purchase patents. Each database contains pictures of your ancestor’s original patent, survey, and deed that can be downloaded and printed. This web site was spotlighted in a Wabash Valley Genealogy Society workshop a couple of years ago, and it will be the featured topic at their September meeting this year.

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