From King Philip's War until 1855, bounty land was the expectation of any soldier who served, and during some periods, if he did not survive, his expectation was that his heirs would qualify. Records were created by colonial, state, and the federal government as bounty land was distributed, creating buffers and populating the areas on the frontier and elsewhere where land was available.
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA, is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 9,500 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than 35 years, he specializes in records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He has coordinated the military tracks at IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP in years past. He is currently the Coordinator of the SLIG Consultation Track, helping students solve their brick wall problems.
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