My recommendations this week. As usual, these are not in any particular order, I normally pick a good post from my week's readings, or left from the prior week! Hope they are useful or at least interesting to you, as well! If it is your first visit, even better! ;-)
I want to credi Betty's Boneyard Genealogy Blog post on 4/9/10 for the following resource:
Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records Search Site
If you are looking for US land patents or records in the 1800s, then you might want to check out the BLM GLO website. Using their search engine, I was able to find and view scanned copies of the original land patents for several ancestors in Missouri in the 1840s.
According to the BLM GLO website:
"We ... provide image access to more than three million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Currently, we are adding images of Military Land Warrants. These land patents were issued to individuals as a reward for their military service. Images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810, are added to the site state-by-state as each state's documents are completed. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States."
Tangled Trees is described as: "Making History Your Own - A Genealogist's thoughts, tidbits, inspirations, and, of course, brick wall - All very much randomly posed. One person's life does not stand-alone but interacts with family, neighbors, community, and history. Our Trees become Tangled just by living. -- T."
You get exactly what was described. I like that! ;-)
I have this site, Kick-Ass Genealogy, on my iGoogle Genealogy Page so that I can check it regularly, and don't miss a post. Today I just read the April 20, 2010, post: How to Find and Use Historical Sources in Your Genealogy (Part I). I started to put it in my POST recommendation, above, and realized I really treat the Kick-Ass Genealogy site as a Resource rather than just a blog... hence, this recommendation. It is always a good read, and, Katrina has her posts well organized by topic, so you can always to find the information for which you are looking.
Families are Forever! ;-)