History’s Mysteries LLC is a researching firm setting out to uncover answers to your inquiries about history in Northeast Iowa, central to the Waterloo area in Black Hawk County. Our expertise lies in the research of real estate in Iowa and cemeteries in the Midwest as well as other areas of genealogical and ephemera research.

We are a proud member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (profile here) and abide by APG Code of Ethics. We are currently working on our certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Applicants for BCG must demonstrate The Genealogical Proof Standard which can be seen here.
If you would like our assistance to answer a burning question you might have, please send an email to Research@HistorysMysteriesLLC.com. In your email, specify your question and provide additional background on what you already know and what steps you have taken (if any) to previously research this question. A phone conversation can then take place to proceed.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Land Record Research




When conducting genealogical research, a lot of people go straight for the vital records. They want to know when their ancestors were born, who they married and where they are buried. Significantly fewer go straight for the land records, as if the land records are a last resort. What can the land records tell us?
How do I interpret that legal jargon? How can I layout that property on a map to find out where they lived and if their home might be there still?

Land records can provide a huge amount of detail on our ancestor’s lives. Neighbors may have witnessed the transaction and family or associates may have notarized the documents. These relationships provide great insight into your family’s daily lives. Did they do more than farm? What was their financial status? What rights were they granted or what rights did they give up? The direct and indirect evidence provided by land records can answer many questions you may have about your ancestors. If they moved to or from another state, land records often identify the county they were residing in when they bought or sold the land. If you don’t know where your ancestors lived beyond the township or city listed on the census, it is time to find out! If nothing else, searching the records can point you to further records to search, and possible connections to chase!

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