I had worked in the government website (http://glorecords.blm.gov) for these records previously, but it become difficult to use (I'm still waiting after 5 minutes for the capability to search - maybe a hurricane problem?) and wondered if I had missed any of my ancestral families when I searched one person at a time. The Ancestry.com indexing makes this task a lot easier.
The Ancestry collection description is:
This database contains approximately 2.2 million land patents, primarily cash and homestead, from 1820-1908 for the following states:
2) There were two matches for Ranslow Smith:
3) I clicked on the earliest one and the record summary appeared:
4) I clicked on the "View Original image" link and the document appeared:
I'll work on an Evidence! Explained quality source citation for this record sometime soon and add it here.
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