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Description[edit | edit source]

The purpose of this task is to add original land records to the county pages found in the FHLC.

Instructions[edit | edit source]


1. To locate land and property records in the FHLC, do a place name search in the FHLC by typing in your county. If you need more instructions on how to search the FHLC, go to Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search.

2. Once you have the correct county, look under the topic of Land and Property. Review the entries for any original land records (deeds, mortgages, lis pendens). Do not put in book indexes or abstracts.

3. After the 1st template ({{NYLand}}) and Online Land Databases (if there are any), add the following:

''Original Land Records on Microfilm''<br>

4. Add each original record under the new heading you created in #3. This may include deeds, mortgages, and Lis pendens. If you find other original land records that you feel may be helpful, you may add them, but it is not necessary.

i. Bullet each entry you make.
ii. The date should be bolded. Make sure to use the N–dash between the dates and anytime it is used in wiki text. The N–dash is made by holding the alt key and typing 0150.
iii. Put the sources in chronological order.
iv. Use the FHLC template to list the call number or film number.


:*'''1799-1864''' Deed Records {{FHL|234572|item|disp=FHL film 871817 (first of 32 films)}} - Index included: 1799-1873<br>
:*'''1799-1867''' Mortgage Records {{FHL|234674|item|disp=FHL film 871819 (first of 17 films}} - Index included: 1799 - 1860 <br>
:*'''1827-1876''' Lis Pendens {{FHL|19707|item|disp=FHL film 866317 (first of 3 films}} - Index included: 1799 - 1923 [[New York Court Records#Records at County Courthouses|What is a lis pendens?]]<br>

5. Add the following after the entry for any lis pendens you list:

[[New York Court Records#Records_at_County_Courthouses|What is a lis pendens?]]<br>


:*'''1827-1876''' Lis Pendens {{FHL|19707|item|disp=FHL film 866317 (first of 3 films}} - Index included: 1799 - 1923 [[New York Court Records#Records at County Courthouses|What is a lis pendens?]]<br>

6. Now search the internet to see if there are any websites explaining early land records in that county. If nothing is found, check for any articles or books on the subject. You can either write up a small paragraph about them or link to website that covers the topic already. In the example below, a link was added after the 1st template under the Land and Property head (i.e.: ({{NYLand}}))

Example[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Original deeds in Oneida County began in 1791. Deeds 1791–1885 are housed at the B–1 Records Center in Utica.  Deed records 1886–present are housed at the County Clerk's Office.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New York Land and Property for more details, especially about the papers generated in New York State by large speculative land companies.

Brief history of land in Oneida County

Online Land Databases

  • George Washington: His Land Purchases Made the Empire State. Utica, N.Y.: n.p., 1931?. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Original Land Records on Microfilm

Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs: