I received the latest Family Tree Magazine in the mail a couple of days ago. There is a long section listing the top state websites. Of course I had to start looking at some of these websites because who knows what leads I could generate for a couple of my clients and myself! I visited the Texas General Land Office site thinking I had “been there and done that.” Apparently not.
You can search the land grants by selecting a county or entering the grantee or patentee’s name, file number, certificate date, and many other options. The site also has a surname index. Individual PDF files for each letter of the alphabet. I was able to locate some land records for a client that we had not seen. Now I can incorporate these items into his family story and more closely pinpoint when this specific family migrated from Illinois to Texas.
Not only does this site have land grants, but also a genealogy resource section. In here you will find:
- Spanish and Mexican titles
- Official Government correspondence between citizens in Texas and the Spanish Crown or Mexican Republic
- Bounty, Donation, and Headright land grants
- County Clerk Returns
- Court of Claims Files
- Muster Roll of the Republic of Texas
- Confederate Scrip Collection
- German Immigration Contracts
So what are you waiting for? If you have Texas ancestors, go check out this site today! You will not be disappointed!
- Wisdom Wednesday – Family Tree Magazine Links (chicagofamilyhistory.wordpress.com)
- Wisdom Wednesday – The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook (generationsbiz.com)