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Free Historical Land Patent Information

During the course of researching my wife’s genealogy I had discovered that one of her ancestors, Ferdinand Petri, had patented some land in the 1800′s. Guess what? The government comes to the rescue with a free web site where if you know the state in which the land was patented and the name of who patented it, you can find exactly where the land is located. Click land patent search fill in the blanks and see what you can find!

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T.D. Bradley

I guess if you look hard enough, you can find just about anything. In my previous post I said I didn’t have any information about Timothy D. Bradley who was married to Charlotta Knickerbocker. Well, if you look at the 1880 History of Morrow County and Ohio web page, you will find this:

T. D. BRADLEY, farmer; P.O., Cardington; was born in Chenango Co. N. Y., Dec. 15, 1818. He is the son of David and Sarah (Ketchum) Bradley, both natives of New England. They were the parents of six children, five of whom are now living. The father died in 1872, and the mother in 1877. T. D. Bradley remained at home until about 33 years of age, when he was united in marriage with Charlotta M. Knickerbocker, a native of New York, and a descendent of one of the oldest and most respected families in the State. There was one child by this union, who died in infancy. in 1858 Mr. Bradley came to Cardington, where he has since resided. He owns 45 acres of land which is nicely improved. He is a republican and a much respected citizen.

I’d be interested in being contacted by a direct descendant of David Bradley. I have some old documents that would be properly in their keeping instead of mine.

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Paperback Writer

Another cool free search I use quite a bit is the Google book search. For example, one of my ancestors is “Prudence Beadle” ( Married to William Knickerbocker). If you paste “Prudence Beadle” ( with the quotes) into the Google book search engine, one of the links you get returned is for:

Samuel Beadle Family: History and Genealogy of Descendents of Samuel Beadle … – Page 229

If you click on this link and look on the right there is a link to find this book in the library closest you your location.

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