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Bounty Land is public land given by the government to induce young men to join the military. An act to end the military land grants was passed in 1858. Veterans or their heirs were given five years to claim land under the system, and no warrants were to be issued after 1863.
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A Bounty Land Warrant is a gift of bounty land due to a person entitled by military service.
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An acre is a square measure of land containing 10 square chains, 160 square rods, or 43,560 square feet.
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Bounds are boundries used to define the extent of a tract of land in metes and bound survey. May include natural and/or artificial objects and adjoining tracts of land.
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The Bureau of Land Management is a Federal government office with responsibility for buying, selling and managing public lands.
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A cadastral map is a graphic illustration of land boundaries.
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There are 13 eastern public land states east of the Mississippi River: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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Between 1763 and 1783, Michigan was part of Quebec Territory.
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Between 1787 and 1800, Michigan was considered part of the Northwest Territory.
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Between 1800 and 1805, Michigan was part of Ohio and Indian Territories.
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Wisconsin was carved from Michigan Territory. If you are searching early Wisconsin areas, don't forget to search in Michigan.
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Metes is a measurement of boundary lines in terms of their distance and direction.
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The method of survey using a combination of directional and distance measurements with references to natural and artificial objects, that define a tract of land is called "Metes and Bounds".
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The most important type of land record is a deed. The deed is a document conveying title of property from one party to another.
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Deeds establish proof of legal ownership of land.
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In Land Deeds, check to see if buyer and/or seller is from the same area where the land is being sold.
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Use land records to separate two persons of the same name in the same community.
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When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the Grantor Index, an index to those selling the land and the Grantee Index¬Ě, an index to those buying the land.