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The Top American Land Records Web SitesThe U.S. Geological Survey Now this site has absolutely nothing to do with genealogy but it is a good source for maps of the U.S. Sometimes a genealogist has to think outside the box.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management Land patent records search. They provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. They also provide image access to more than two million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Images of Serial patents (land titles issued between 1908 and the mid-1960's) are currently being added to this web site.
USA Homestead Act of 1862 a handy article
The Top Canadian Land Records Web SitesOntario has the province wide CLRI (Computerized Land Records Index) which is (Get this) NOT on computer but on microfiche. The Olive Tree has a lookup service for this database (for all Ontario FIRST time owners of Crown Land)
The National Archives of Canada (NAC) has an online data base for Western Land Grants (1870-1930) provinces included are: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the railway belt of British Columbia.
Records of land settlement in New Brunswick,1765-1800 (searchable) at Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.
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