|Land records are a valuable source for proving an ancestor's location at a specific time and often reveal parentage and other family relationships. Sometimes a single record will name members of several generations in a single family.
A deed is a document that transfers land ownership interests. It may include indentures, patents, grants, and mortgages.
Each of the following individuals received 202.5 acres in the county listed beside their name. The law providing for the lottery allowed white males above the age of 18 who had been residents of the sate of Georgia for at least 3 years, Revolutionary soldiers, widows, orphans, and others who had not drawn land in previous lotteries to participate.
It's important to determine the exact location of the land and the relationship of the individual to this land. Identifying the exact plot on a map is a step in tracking your ancestor, and there are several software programs that can help:
~ AniMap Plus County Boundary Historical Atlas Version 2.6 can identify every county boundary change in every U. S. county since 1634 and will display a map showing the county boundary changes that occurred in a particular year.
~ Site Finder is a geographic database that comes with AniMap Plus. It searches, identifies, and lists the county, state, and geographic latitude and longitude locations for all cities, towns, railroad stations, trading posts, plantations, country schools, stagecoach stops, ghost towns, and more.
~ DeedMapper is for plotting and managing deeds, grants, surveys, and claims.
~ Street Atlas displays current maps of all present day towns, streets, roads, trails, and cemeteries. TopoUSA is similar, but also includes topography, hills, creeks, old railroads, and other natural terrain features.
~ Early American Gazetteer contains electronic editions of two rare American gazetteers, dated 1833 and 1853. They provide information on states, territories, counties, parishes, districts, cities, towns, canals, mountains, islands, capes, bays, harbors, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and caves, as well as historical, political, and statistical information.