Monday, December 09, 2013

Digging for Ancestors is Available Now

The following is from The In-Depth Genealogist.

Announcing the release of our first book, Digging for Ancestors...

Learn even more about Land Records

With Michelle Goodrum

Our very own, Michelle Roos Goodrum has been working with The In-Depth Genealogist to take her many blog posts, articles, and research experience in land records to develop a guide and extensive case study.  The book is chock full of step by step explanations and analysis of many documents and includes great resources.  The chapters in this book are adapted compilations of the early “Timeless Territories” articles published at The In-Depth Genealogist (, related writings from her personal blog, The Turning of Generations (, along with new material and useful resources. As you read each chapter, consider how the material, examples and methodology might relate to your own research questions or situations.
Check out the Table of Contents contained in the book:
Quick Start: Top Ten Tips
Getting Started with Land Records Research
Using Deed Indexes and Deeds
Transcribing Documents: Quick Answers to Why and How
Understanding Extracts and Abstracts
What are Dower and Dowry?
Using the BLM in Your Research
Baffled by Legal Property Descriptions?
Let's Talk: State Land States
A Look at Cash Entry Files
Examining a Homestead File
Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems
Cemetery Deeds: They're Land Records, Too
Three Reasons to Visit the Old Family Home
Google Earth: See the Past in the Present
Fun with Land and Property Records
Appendix A: Resources for Land Records Research
Appendix B: Township Grid
Digging for Ancestors is a great resource and we hope that you all will gather at your computers in December to put in your own order.  The book is currently offered as a PDF for just $9.99.  Within the next few weeks additional formats will be available including Kindle and Nook. Best of all, we’ll also have a paperback version that will be 8.5” x 11” in full color for $29.99.  Simply go to to get your copy!


Jen & Terri

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