Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Update on Land Practicums

Liz Stratton
I think anyone who attended Liz Stratton's presentation on "Surveying Land Records for Genealogical Gold" would agree that our eyes were opened to a whole new way to use land records. Due to the popularity of the talk, we had to add an extra lab to accommodate all who wanted to participate. Unfortunately, I listed the lab times incorrectly for Practicums 2-4. Here is the correct schedule:

Practicum #2 scheduled for March 29th will address the "Intricacies of Land Indexes." Discover different types of indexes and learn to identify land records likely to answer specific genealogical questions from the index alone. Strategies for overcoming index limitations will be explored.

The session scheduled for 1:00 PM, for those who were accepted initially and were not on the Waiting List. A second session has been added for those who were on the Waiting List. It will begin at 10:00 AM. This same schedule will be in affect for the April 5th and 19th dates.

Liz Stratton thinks that there may be a few available spots in the labs. There is no need to register, but should we run out of space, priority will be given to those who preregistered.
Practicum #3 scheduled for April 5th will discuss "Reading and Interpreting Deeds." Several deeds will be reviewed to familiarize participants with deed terminology and structure. Learn how to eliminate ‘boilerplate,’ and extract family relationships from deeds even when they are not directly stated.

Practicum #4 to be held on Saturday, April 19th is an "Introduction to Property Maps." This practicum begins with a brief introduction to the myriad ways to create or find property maps. Using the land description on deeds, participants will use online resources to locate a period map of the property or find it on Google Earth. 

We look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks.

REMINDER: If you are interested in hearing about Irish genealogy, go to this link and mark your calendar for 7:00 PM at the Symmes Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. 

Photo Credit: John Tholking

Submitted by Kathy Reed

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