Sometimes what happens OUTSIDE the classroom hits home more than scheduled lectures. This morning I had breakfast with Michael Hait and Craig Scott, two of my favorite genealogists, who I love to hang around with because I always learn something new (and for other reasons of course!) We were talking about my land course. I LOVE it. But, one thing it hasn’t addressed is how to read between the lines of a deed or other conveyance document. Do you know what I mean? Yes, a deed, in any of its forms, is about the exchanging of property. There are books about the legal terminology and land terms. And lots of strategies about where and how to FIND records (eg. this course). But what does the document really say about the people mentioned in it? Is there anything I can infer from the document that wasn’t explicitly stated in it? Is this transaction common? If not, why? What were the interested parties’ motivations?
Craig and Michael recommended several things which I’ll share here:
Read the National Genealogical Society’s Quarterly (NGSQ). Case studies often involve land research.
Judy Russell’s blog “The Legal Genealogist.” She often posts about deeds.
Helen Leary’s book about researching in North Carolina. Per Craig, and Michael….the section on land is a must read.
Thanks Craig & Michael!!