Forsyth County Genealogical Society meets Tues., Aug. 4, 2015 at Forsyth County Public Library-Reynolda Manor Branch, 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem 27106.  Social at 6:30 PM; Program at 7:00.

Larry W. Cates, genealogist and history librarian at High Point Public Library, will present a lecture “The Law of the Land: How Court Cases Regarding Land Can Enrich Your Genealogy.”  Of all the record categories that exist, court cases are often the most neglected and the most informative. There are few other sources that will actually allow us to hear the voices of our ancestors. Only a time machine could bring us closer to them. In this follow-up to his July program, Mr. Cates will cover several typical legal actions related to land use and ownership in North Carolina courts. These include probate matters, ejectments, boundary disputes, caveats, civil actions concerning land, trespass cases, executions on land, and equity cases.  His talk is peppered with concrete examples from his own North Carolina-based research.  He will enlighten us about the different documents associated with each legal action, and the wealth of very personal information such cases sometimes reveal about our ancestors.

Forsyth County Genealogical Society meets Tues., Aug. 4, 2015 at Forsyth County Public Library-Reynolda Manor Branch, 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem 27106.  Social at 6:30 PM; Program at 7:00.

Larry W. Cates, genealogist and history librarian at High Point Public Library, will present a lecture “The Law of the Land: How Court Cases Regarding Land Can Enrich Your Genealogy.”  Of all the record categories that exist, court cases are often the most neglected and the most informative. There are few other sources that will actually allow us to hear the voices of our ancestors. Only a time machine could bring us closer to them. In this follow-up to his July program, Mr. Cates will cover several typical legal actions related to land use and ownership in North Carolina courts. These include probate matters, ejectments, boundary disputes, caveats, civil actions concerning land, trespass cases, executions on land, and equity cases.  His talk is peppered with concrete examples from his own North Carolina-based research.  He will enlighten us about the different documents associated with each legal action, and the wealth of very personal information such cases sometimes reveal about our ancestors.

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