Free Genealogy Link
You can search land patents in Alabama for free online via the Bureau of Land Management. after reaching the site.. click on the menu item SEARCH DOCUMENTS…then type in the state and surname of the person you are researching (if the above link does not take you to the website… type the following in your browser:http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ to reach the website.
This genealogy tip is from Clark Joiner:
Try searching for the middle name rather than the first name and no last name. I could not find my grandfather, Allison Holmes Joiner or my father Roy C. Joiner in the 1920 Census. I knew my grandfather was likely living in Dooly County, Georgia in 1920. When I finally found him he was indexed under the name Holmes H. James with household members; a wife named Edwina, son Roy C. and daughters Faustine and Onie. Recognizing my grandmother, father, and my aunts, I knew I had the family I was looking for. I can imagine the census taker asking my grandfather what his name was and my grandfather replied, “Holmes”, as this was the name he always went by Then the census taker asked what is your middle initial and the reply was, “H” I was very much surprised to find my father at age 21 living in the household of his father in the 1920 census. A search for Allison or Alison would have returned no results.
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