Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Natchez Court and Land Claim Records
Yesterday, while searching for information about a few of my early Mississippi ancestors, I stumbled upon "The Natchez Court Records, 1767-1805, Abstracts of Early Records," compiled by May Wilson McBee. Published by Genealogical Publishing Company of Baltimore, Maryland, this extensive reference work is a plethora of names and events about life in the Natchez District. Within its 635 pages, McBee's work contains abstracts of "sureties, bills of sale for land and slaves, inventories, appraisals, and wills," information that is invaluable for tracing family histories of early Mississippi and Louisiana settlers. McBee's book is part one of two books, with the second volume entitled "Land Claims, 1767-1805." Portions of the volume containing court records can be viewed on Google Books and can be purchased on Amazon.com. Land patents that were issued later by the U. S. Government can be viewed on the Official Federal Land Records Site, maintained by the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.