Land records provide two types of important evidence. First they often document family relationships. Second, they place individuals in a specific time and place, allowing you to sort people and families into neighborhoods and closely related groups. One of land records’ most important qualities is that they are sometimes the only records that distinguish one person of a common name from another. Bounty land warrants can alert you to your ancestor’s military service and can contain details about the military unit in which he served.
The right to own land was a great incentive for many of our ancestors to immigrate to the United States.
In the days before civil registration, the record of their acquisition of property in some cases can help link generations, as that property passed from one generation to the next.