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AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum

Conveyance Records

I have been to many workshops to find out just how to do this black family research. There were different classes you signed up for and a lot of times the one I wanted or needed to attend was a one time shot and the same scheduled time. So that meant I had to come back the next year, read up on it-if there was something out there or get on Afrigeneas.com. I learn so much here and have been in classes in different cities that many of you taught. What I want to give a little advice here for tearing down a little piece of your brick wall is this--Court records. I am just getting into understanding the importance of them and I've been doing research on different grandparents since 1998. IF there is someone in your ancestry that owned land, was a business owner or even sharecropped, a lot of times there are written agreements. I have found some and I know my ancestor's did not have a clue what all of these..wherefores and testates meant. They couldn't read or write. All they were trying to do is raise their families and have a place to live and eat. I look at some of these records and realize all them were enslaved for so long--even some still are because of no education or skills. LOOK in the Conveyance records and other Court records for all of your surnames. The ones who married in to the family as well. I just recently found 2 different deeds for 2 ancestors. One had the date of 1898 the other 1939. All between a census year. In this Deed of sale there are other names of seller and description of land tract. This gives me a lot of information that just dead ended before. I had thought one ancestor must have died before 1920 because there were no records for him anywhere. This wasn't the case. He was older and a daughter took over.
The second Deed was for a married daughter. Her husband purchased some land in 1939. Through Ancestry I found him and his wife, my ancestor by looking for her first name, living in the household as servants in a completely different state. I am now wondering, how were they able to purchase this property. The wife held on to the property for 53 years until her death and then it was sold to a church. I am looking into any name and date on these records because it may tell me some other tidbit so I can take down this wall. The Deeds found were
1. on an onsite research trip to the archives of the home state I knew about I was able to take.
2. the next from an Afrigeneas Angel here.
I suggest look through any court records for all your surnames. I don't know if Family Search may have microfilm with the information and going on a 'on site trip' can be expensive. So keep this in mind. Look for good travel deals, if you are senior-ask for that discount. Group rates-if there is a group you can join that will travel to the area, go.

3.negotiate group rates with hotels and transportation if you can get a few people to go. And if all else--try to gather together enough people, who may be interested in traveling to an Archives and try to negotiate some rates. Everybody would have to be responsible for meeting money deadlines directly to the companies, not yourself. The latter is something I don't know if it is advisable to everyone, but sometimes you have to figure out an economical way.
4. the other idea is--there are people here on Afrigeneas who have done a lot of research on their own families and may just be available to do a little lookup for you. All you will need is the information to order copies of deeds from the Court house that the deeds were filed.
Give back that help to someone one day. We all are stumblong around looking for family connections.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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