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Digging For Ancestors: A Guide to Land Records

I've received this press release with regard to a new book by Michelle Roos Goodrum on using land records in your family history research. Who couldn't use a little help with understanding and utilizing land records in revealing your family history stories. You may want to add this one to the Christmas List. 


Digging For Ancestors book release announced by The In-Depth Genealogist

December 6, 2013; Utica, OH: 

Our very own, Michelle Roos Goodrum has been working with The In-Depth Genealogist to take her many blog posts, articles, and research experience in land records to develop a guide and extensive case study.  The book is chock full of step by step explanations and analysis of many documents and includes great resources.  The chapters in this book are adapted compilations of the early “Timeless Territories” articles published at The In-Depth Genealogist (, related writings from her personal blog, The Turning of Generations (, along with new material and useful resources. As you read each chapter, consider how the material, examples and methodology might relate to your own research questions or situations.

Check out the Table of Contents contained in the book:                          

Quick Start: Top Ten Tips
Getting Started with Land Records Research
Using Deed Indexes and Deeds
Transcribing Documents: Quick Answers to Why and How
Understanding Extracts and Abstracts
What are Dower and Dowry?
Using the BLM in Your Research
Baffled by Legal Property Descriptions?
Let's Talk: State Land States
A Look at Cash Entry Files
Examining a Homestead File
Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems
Cemetery Deeds: They're Land Records, Too
Three Reasons to Visit the Old Family Home
Google Earth: See the Past in the Present
Fun with Land and Property Records

Appendix A: Resources for Land Records Research
Appendix B: Township Grid

Digging for Ancestors is a great resource and we hope that you all will gather at your computers in December to put in your own order.  The book is currently offered as a PDF for just $9.99.  Within the next few weeks additional formats will be available including Kindle and Nook. Best of all, we’ll also have a paperback version that will be 8.5” x 11” in full color for $29.99.  Simply go to to get your copy!