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This Week’s Survey: Land Records in Genealogical Research

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

Last week we asked about your use of land records in genealogical research. The largest number of respondents, 57%, have researched original land records in county courthouses, town halls, and other repositories. In today’s age of microfilm and electronic publications, it is heartening to see so many people using original records. Only 17% of respondents have not used land records for research at all. Full results are:

 

  • 57%, I have researched original land records in county courthouses, town halls, and other repositories.

 

  • 50%, I have used online indexes of land records.

 

  • 50%, I have used microfilm copies of land records.

 

  • 44%, I have used online images of original land records.

 

  • 42%, I have used published versions of land records.

 

  • 17%, I have not used land records in my research.

 

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Posted by Michael Leclerc at 04/06/2011 09:58:44 AM | 


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I'm curious about your comment that it is heartening to see people using original records in this age of electronic imaging and microfilm. What makes you say that? That is, what is your point? Is it a matter of connecting with the physical document rather than an image of it? Or is there something intrinsically more valuable in the research when you can see the documents in the actual location where they are stored? I get the benefit of seeing images of the actual documents vs an index record, but I'm not clear on the difference between finding the original and photocopying it vs finding a digital copy of the original online as a jpg or pdf.
Posted by: Roxanne Richardson ( Email ) at 4/7/2011 6:09 PM


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