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Land Ownership and Township Plat

Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898

These township plat maps began with the Public Lands Survey in the United States initiated by the Land Ordinance Act of 1785, and this collection includes maps for all or parts of Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. Maps were prepared from survey field notes taken by deputy surveyors and can include physical details and man-made improvements. They also indicate township and section lines, section numbers, acreage of holdings, and sometimes names of landholders.

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Old Medical Terms and Diseases

The following is a list of medical terms and diseases that will appear on historic documents. Feel free to print out and share this! Abdominal typhus – A type of typhus fever characterized by bluish spots appearing on the abdomen a few days after the disease is contracted. Ablepsia – Blindness. Abluent – A substance which thins, purifies, or sweetens the blood. Ablution – Washing the body externally or internally with diluting fluids. Abracadabra – A cabalistic word, used as a charm, and believed to have the power to cure illness and disease when written in a triangular arrangement and

List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States of America

Glossary of Passenger List Annotations

INS did not create ship passenger lists. The forms were completed by steamship companies, who then submitted the forms to the government. In some cases immigration officials annotated the lists to clarify or correct information. In other cases immigration officials later added information to the records as a cross-reference to certain naturalization papers.

Sample List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the U.S. Immigration Officer at Port of Arrival

Early Immigrant Inspection Along the US/Mexican Border

There were few federal laws governing immigration into the United States prior to the late 19th century, and those tended to address immigration from Europe or Asia. The Steerage Act of 1819 regulated passenger travel and mandated the creation of records documenting the arrival of immigrants at seaports. Some passenger vessels arriving at United States ports sailed from Central or South America, but the majority of passenger vessels and passengers came from Europe. Not until 1891 did federal law provide for the inspection of immigrants arriving at land border ports. Nevertheless, the Immigration Act of 1891 maintained Congress’ focus on

Example of a Quarter Section in a Plat Map

How the Government Surveys Land

From instructions by J. A. Williamson, Commissioner The rectangular system of surveying Government lands, termed the Land System of the United States, was adopted by an act of Congress passed May 20, 1785. The ordinance provided for townships six miles square, containing thirty-six sections of one mile square. The region embraced by the surveys under this law forms a part of the present State of Ohio, and is usually styled “Old Seven Ranges.” The town-ships, six miles square, were laid out in ranges, extending northward from the Ohio River, the townships being numbered from south to north, and the ranges

Frank T. Swift Enrollment Card

Guide to Using the Final Rolls

These pages can be searched to discover the enrollee’s name, age, sex, blood degree, type, census card number and roll number. Check the headings in each column. The letter guide was furnished by the National Archives. These letters can appear both on Type and Roll number

Utah Archives, Libraries, and Historical Societies

Utah Archives Utah State Archives City of Logan Archives Utah Libraries Family History Library Harold B. Lee Library – BYU J. Willard Marriott Library – Univ. Utah Logan Public Library Utah Societies Utah Genealogical Association Utah State Historical Society Mormon History Society Draper Historical Society Washington City Historical Society

Source Summary

Free Source Summary

A source summary is a helpful way to be able to refer quickly to information you have found for a particular family and the sources of that information. Keep a separate source summary of information found for each family group chart. Download the source summary which you will be able to fill out on your own computer! More Information: A research log (source summary) can prove to be the most valuable forms you work on. It is here that you record the sources you have consulted and the information you were seeking. By being diligent in working on this form,

Family Group Chart

Free Family Group Chart

Family Group Charts provide the vital history of each family.  Each piece of information concerning a pedigree ancestor and his/her family is placed on a worksheet. Since the end result of your research efforts will be to compile complete, correct and connected families, the use of family group sheets from the beginning will make the compilation much easier. Download Family Group Chart which you will be able to fill out on your own computer! More Information: These sheets can be arranged alphabetically by last name or numerically according to your family tree charts. Included on these sheets is the following