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Description[edit | edit source]

The purpose of this task is to find fix and add the opening paragraph about land records in the county and fixing and adding the land templates.

Instructions[edit | edit source]


1. Open the Wiki page for the county you are doing. Go to the Land and Property section. Make sure the heading level for the section is the same as the previous and succeeding headings on the page. Make it the same heading level if it is not.

2. Make sure the heading for this section has the full and complete title Land and Property.

3. As the first item in this section, immediatedly under the section heading type   {{subst:NYLandC}}   and then Save the page.

4. Reopen the county land and property section for edit in wikitext. In the first typed out paragraph

a. The template {{PAGENAME}} will automatically capture your county page name.
b. Add the correct beginning date of land records the county in the [?dateyear?] spot. This may be found in the Redbook or Handybook. Replace the word "[?dateyear?]" with the correct year.
c. Add the repository where the original records are held by replacing the "[?repository?]" text. This may be found in the Redbook or Handybook.
d. If necessary, adjust the sentence to show the correct custody of records. For example, if two repositories have the land records, list both.
e. Link the repository to a webpage (if available) and to the County Courthouse page if applicable.
f. Add the town name where the repository is located by replacing the "[?town?]" text.
g. Give the source of the starting date and the original record repository by copying and pasting in wikitext the appropriate reference at the end of these two sentences immediately after the last period. In the citation replace the "ppp" with the correct page number(s).

<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 11th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 2006), ppp. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1362899|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2006; CD no. 3745}}.</ref>

<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), ppp. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>

5. In wikitext find the template {{NYLandB|1|2}}

a. In the area marked "1" add your county name, e.g. Erie . Remove the number 1.
b. In the area marked "2" add the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) subject number. Find the subject number as follows:
1. Do a place search of the FHLC for your county.
2. Select Land and Property from the record groups displayed.
3. Select any record displayed.
4. Select the highlighted phrase under the word "Subjects".
5. Copy the number displayed in the upper right-hand corner in the display box "For". This is the subject number.
6. Paste this number into the NYLandB template where you see the number 2. Remove the number 2.

6. Use search engines like Google to find Internet sites about genealogical land records from your county. Describe each briefly and make a link to each under the heading "Online." Begin each entry with a bullet, and the start and stop dates in bold. Put entries in chronological order. Tell enough about the content of each so readers will know what to expect if they click the link.

7. Also, use the Family History Library Catalog and WorldCat to find microfilms (or microfiche) and books about your county's land records. Describe each briefly using the words used in the catalog, and make a link to the catalog entry of each. Begin each entry with a bullet, and the start and stop dates in bold. Put entries in chronological order. Use the {{FHL||item|disp=}} template to display and link to film and/or book numbers. For book editions, use the {{WorldCat||disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; template before the FHL template. If a work is in a combination of two or more formats, list it only once in a single entry under the highest format on the list (but show both, or all three, formats in the single entry). Only the books without an online or film edition can appear under the heading "Books."

8. If after searching there are no entries in one or two of the categories "Online," "Microfilms," or "Books," delete each empty category.

Example[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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.

Original land records in WikiProject New York/Tasks-Land and Property Records Intro began in 1630. They are housed at the Albany County Hall of Records in Albany.[1]




  • 1656–1704 Arnold J.F. Van Laer and Jonathan Pearson, Early Records of the City and County of Albany and Colony of Resselaerswyck (Albany, New York: University of the State of New York, 1869-1919). At various Libraries(WorldCat); FHL Book 974.742 N2v.

Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 488. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.