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FCGS meets Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Forsyth County Public Library-Reynolda Manor Branch (auditorium), 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106; 6:30 PM Social, 7:00 PM program


In North America, British colonists created for the first time a society in which land ownership was possible for many ordinary people.  Their descendants have inherited the blessings of that system, even in the realm of family history. When ancestors owned land, genealogists find it much easier to locate and connect generations. Yet, few genealogists take full advantage of reams of documentation generated by land ownership.  Larry W. Cates  will introduce participants to basic aspects of land-related sources including state and federal land grants, title deeds, deeds of trust, and land litigation. He will explore how land was conveyed and how and when these instruments were recorded with a particular emphasis on North Carolina research.  He will also discuss how these records can be analyzed fully to uncover potential family connections.

Larry W. Cates has been a genealogy and local history librarian at the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library for nearly eight years. He began his family history research in 1989 and has since involved himself professional research and writing. He was editor of the Journal of the Randolph County Genealogical Society for fourteen years and is also a past editor of the Guilford Genealogist.  He was Piedmont Director of the North Carolina Genealogical Society in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He currently serves as Editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal and Clan Genealogist for Clan MacRae Society of North America.