Saturday, June 10, 2006

Beidler article on early PA land records accessibility

You might remember my podcast interview with Sharon MacInnes a few months ago about land records in Pennsylvania. Since then, the state of Pennsylvania has provided internet access an index of land records available over the internet. Jonathan R. Stayer, head of reference for the Pennsylvania State Archives, acknowledged that there are limitations to the version on the Web site, as reported in a recent article by James Beidler, a freelance writer. James' article highlights the differences between the records which have just been posted online by the PA Archives and what is available on's CD titled "First Landowners of Pennsylvania: Colonial and State Warrant Registers in the PA Archives, Harrisburg 1682-ca 1940."

To hear my interview with Sharon MacInnes via your computer, go to:
And click to listen.

The "First Landowners" CD costs $25. It is available from Ancestor Tracks on its Web site at:

You can find James Beidler's article "Valuable CD-ROM offers centuries of land records" at:

To access images of the warrant registers online, use the Pennsylvania State Archives Web site at:
Once you get to the site, Click on the "Record Groups" hyperlink; then Record Group 17, "Land Office" and, finally, look for the "Images" link under No. 17.88, "Warrant Registers With Green Covers, 1733-1957."

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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