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Firmly Planted: Finding Ancestors in Land Records
By Chuck Sherrill
The desire to own land was the force that drove our ancestors to come to America and move across this country. The records our ancestors left as they bought land, received grants, paid mortgages and passed land along to the next generation are a valuable source in family history research. Discover how to find and use these records in courthouses, libraries and online. Learn how to read deeds quickly and pull out the important clues. See how maps online can be used to track your ancestor’s land today. With skill and a bit of luck, you can stand on the land where your ancestors lived.
Chuck Sherrill retired from the position of State Librarian and Archivist in 2022. He continues to work at the Tennessee State Library and Archives part-time, processing manuscript collections and assisting with special projects.
Sherrill was named State Librarian and Archivist of Tennessee by Secretary of State Tre Hargett in 2010. This appointment followed ten years of service to the City of Brentwood, where he was the director of one of Tennessee's premier public libraries. Prior to that he was head of the research section of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Before moving to the Nashville area he was the Director of the Cleveland (Tenn.) Public Library for nine years, and, before that, Head Reference Librarian at the Western Reserve Historical Society.
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