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I’m about to send out for a land patent application packet for one of my clients’ ancestors in the hopes that it will tell me where he’s from. I’ve never dealt with land patent applications before, so I’m excited to get some experience with something new!

And, it made me think. I wonder what other super useful records are out there that I haven’t used or don’t know about?  Birth, christening, marriage, death, obituary, burial, and census records all go without saying, so let’s not say them, and say other things instead.

In the comments below, tell to me this: What are the top 5 records (or evidence of any kind) that you find are the most useful and informative in genealogy research?