• Water in the West

    Water in the West is a complex issue.  Many state, federal, and occasionally international players and agencies are involved.  Throughout the 19th century, the Federal Government and the American people were driven by a desire to expand and...
  • Researching the History of your Property

    Searching for the history of your home can be a quick project or may take many days and research trips to various historical repositories.  The first place you should start is with the County Assessor's office. The County Assessor is responsible...
  • Common Terms used by the General Land Office

    As with most federal agencies, the General Land Office (GLO) had its own set of commonly used terms and abbreviations. These terms were so commonplace that no one bothered to define them in the records,  which now proves frustrating for historia...
  • The Misadventures of a Soldier and His Bounty-Land Warrant

    I wanted to share an article I wrote for The Text Message Blog. It is about a War of 1812 Bounty-Land Warrant that has seen some better days. In the article I mention a letter, pictured below, that describes how the warrant (which can be viewed via t...