Measuring Your Pennsylvania Ancestors Detailed Schedule

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Measuring Your Pennsylvania Ancestors Detailed Schedule

Module 1 – October 19, 2017: Pennsylvania Land Records  (Frank Southcott)

  • State Lands versus Federal Lands
  • Background – Pennsylvania Boundary Disputes
  • Formation of the Counties (Gen Map of PA)
  • Old Rights
  • New Rights
  • Philadelphia Land Office
  • Process –
    • Applications
    • Warrants/Warrant Registers (Online)
    • Surveys/Survey Books (Online)
    • Returns
    • Patents
  • Donation Lands
  • Depreciation Lands
  • PHMC Online -

Module 2 - October 26, 2017County Deeds in Pennsylvania  (Frank Southcott)

  • Colonial Handwriting
  • Understanding Dates – Regal/Formatting/1752 Implications
  • Deed Language – Legal Terms
  • Deed Basic Format. "Boilerplate"
  • Type/Parties/Date/Background/Description/Consideration/Witness/Recording Date
  • Deed Transcription. Define and Requirements
  • Deed Abstracts. Define and Requirements
  • Recording Requirements
  • County Court Presentation vs Deed Book Recording
  • Record Date versus Transaction Date
  • Filing Systems (Grantors/Grantees)
  • Abstraction Practicum
  • Land Title Search
  • County Online -

Module 3 - November 2, 2017: Metes and Bounds  (Frank Southcott)

  • Compass Rose/Directions/Degrees
  • True north versus Magnetic North
  • Declination versus Deviation
  • Latitude and Longitude – World/Format
  • Methods of Survey - Mason Dixon Line
  • Surveying Tool - Accuracy
  • Measurements
    • Perch, Rods, Poles

 

Module 4 - November 9, 2017: Metes and Bounds Practicum  (Sydney Cruice Dixon)

  • Property Description – Breakdown/Recording Logs/Scale
  • Finding and mapping your ancestors property
  • Using surrounding deeds
  • Interfacing GoogleEarth/USGS Topos

Module 5 - November 16, 2017:a.  Metes and Bounds Practicum (Con’t)  (Sydney Cruice Dixon)\

    b.  Genealogical Case Studies  (Frank Southcott)

  • John Stringer in Thornbury and Fallowfield Township in 1703 and 1717
  • Richard Thomas to William Bane in the Welsh Tract