Land records are one of the major record groups used by genealogists when performing US research due to their extensive coverage, availability, and valuable information. During this presentation, you will learn why land records are a valuable source for locating family in a particular place and time. Many free adult males living in the US before the mid-1800s owned land. Therefore, land records are a valuable source for locating a family in a particular time and place. Land records usually pre-date vital records and may pre-date census and church records in some areas.