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Military Bounty Land, 1776-1855 Perfect Paperback – March 15, 2011
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A much-needed comprehensive guide to this genealogically and historically fascinating body of records. --James L. Hansen, Reference Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society Library
Christine Rose's Military Bounty Land, 1776-1855, is the most detailed and authoritative treatment of the subject available today. The work is exemplary of its genre. Bounty land was public domain land that the United States government granted to more than 550,000 veterans of war-time military service between 1776 and 1855, or to the veteran s widow or other heirs. Rose s text demonstrates convincingly her stated premise: these records hold a lot more information than one would expect. Describing them, she quotes frequently from the original legislation that created them. Step-by-step she explains the process of applying for bounty land, securing a warrant, and locating a particular tract. Then she discusses a variety of finding aids online, microfilm and paper to help researchers use this rich and fascinating source. What might have been a dry and clinical treatise is brought vividly to life through Rose s frequent introduction of specific examples of real-life veterans and their true stories. The book focuses particular attention where it is warranted, including an entire chapter on Virginia s unique situation and another on the thousands of unindexed bounty land warrant application files housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. An appendix reproduces in chronological order all of the acts of Congress pertaining to bounty land and an extensive bibliography directs researchers to other works that treat particular aspects of this topic. With this work, Christine Rose has made an outstanding contribution not only to genealogy, but to historical research of all kinds. --John P. Colletta, PH.d., instructor, author, lecturer
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Perfect addition to any genealogists personal library. One of those "required" texts.Published 12 months ago by carpoolqueen
Still reading thru and a great backup for military researchPublished 19 months ago by Judy Mahaffey
It was loads of fun to look back in time.I would recommend for to anyone who is interested in history.Published 22 months ago by SParr