I decided to add Pennsylvania Land Records: A History and Guide for Research by Donna Bingham Munger to my personal research shelf. While there are plenty of sites that have information on Pennsylvania land records and I already have a fairly good idea of the process, it’s nice to have a printed reference–particularly since I like to take notes in reference books. If I were only using county-level records, I probably would not go to the expense.
But since my children have ancestors who were fairly early settlers in two Pennsylvania counties (Bedford and Luzerne), reading an overview of these records may hit at potential gap or two in my knowledge–and reminders are not always bad.
Given that these families were in Pennsylvania at the very early part of the 19th century, land records will be crucial for those families who owned land. Numerous members of the Chaney family in Bedford County received patents and those records can’t be ignored.
Especially because they didn’t leave many other records besides land records.
A partial list of “books on my shelf” can be found on Genealogy Tip of the Day.