GRIP is happy to have back Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, as co-coordinators of the Advanced Land course. They taught this course at GRIP in 2013 to a sold-out classroom and are bound to be popular again. With most of our ancestors connected to property this topic will help you to “nail their feet to the ground.” Without knowing where they lived, one cannot conduct reliable research and distinguish your John Jones from all the other John Jones in the county.
Land genealogy is as important as people genealogy for overcoming family history research barriers. This course explores land distribution in the current United States by colonial powers, private land claims, federal land records at both the National Archives and the General Land Office, and local-level county or town deeds. Students will learn about the Public Land Survey System and the metes and bound system. Course content illustrates the use of land records to prove kinship. Use of software and Internet resources for finding land records, mapping, and deed platting is demonstrated.
To see a complete listing of what will be covered in the course, please see the course description. This course will be offered June 28 through noon on July 3. Registration opens Wednesday, February 4.