Thursday, March 27, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Bureau of Land Management

Another one of the topics from my 10 week class was on "Records from Bureau of Land Management". I haven't paid much attention because I don't think I have much in these records, but I always try everything.

The Bureau of Land Management provides access to federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States.  Of course my first question was where are the Public Land States? I went to the BLM website under FAQ and got my answer. I was curious if Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York or Connecticut had public lands. Only one of my states fits into this category:  OHIO. 

So the other states created out of the public domain are the lands now in the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

In class many of the others had their searches through the BLM website and found dozens of transactions plus cash sales. Jealous! Oh Yea! Now they can take those sales and plot it for movement - for migration. I put in my names of Ohio- GARDNER and DOUGLASS and no luck. I did run some of my other surnames _BRANFIELD, DIETZ, GEE and more - through the search and nothing came up. Not surprising. My ancestors from Ohio did not arrive till the 1865- 1880's and that might have been too late. Can't get a real feel for the time frames. 

Good Luck to anyone searching at the BLM website...........

So that takes care of that avenue for me unless there is something else I am not aware of.

So that takes care of that avenue for me unless there is something else I am not aware of. 

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