Uncle Jake's Farm: Federal Land A - Z
by S. Elizabeth Ross
In this day of a skills based economy, we 21st Century people tend to forget that for most of history, wealth was owning land. In the United States, incredible amounts of Federal land turned into the farms and towns of Ohio, Indiana, Montana and all the other Federal land states. Follow the history of this land, how it ‘came to be,’ learn the ways it could move from Uncle Sam to ‘Uncle Jake’ and discover what these records offer the genealogist.
S. Elizabeth Ross presents on many topics, with special interest in census & land records, research & organizational techniques. She founded and runs “2nd Saturday Genealogy” for the Forest Park Library and writes a column for the CAGGNI newsletter. She is secretary for National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association (NIGRAA) and is President of ClanRossAmerica. She indexed “The History of Belle-Rive & Dahlgren, IL” (1998, available on-line). Her family tree includes 1890 German immigrants to Chicago, early Scots-Irish, Civil War, Revolutionary War & Mayflower folk.
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