Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Finding David Auble's Land Records in Sussex County, New Jersey

At the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting today, I sang the praises of using the FamlySearch Catalog to find digital microfilm of  vital, church, land, tax, probate, etc. records.

I promised to demonstrate the process in a blog post so that other society members (and all Genea-Musings readers) could benefit by the example.  Here is my example:

1)  I wanted to find the land records for my 2nd great-grandfather David Auble in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.  I knew he lived there for a short time after his marriage to Sarah G. Knapp in 1844, and I hoped to find more Auble or Knapp land records.

2)  In the FamilySearch Catalog (, I searched for Sussex County, New Jersey:

After I typed "sussex" in the field above, I got a list of possible standard names - I chose "United States, New Jersey, Sussex" and clicked the "Search" button.

3)  On the list of Sussex County, New Jersey record types, I clicked on the Land and property" link to see the collections available:

The "Deeds, 1785-1901; index, 1785-1930 (Sussex County, New Jersey)" collection is the one I want.

4)  I clicked on the link for that collection, and saw the description of the collection:

And further down, the list of "Books" available:

This list also has the actual Deed volumes further down the list.

5)  For deeds, I want to look in both the Grantor and Grantee Indexes, so I clicked the "Grantor index, A-C, 1785-1930" link to see the index for Auble.

The Grantor and Grantee Indexes are alphabetical. In this case, with the AU names on a page after the AT names, but the surnames are mixed on a page - the page below has all of the AU entries:

On the left-hand page of the image above, I can see that there is a listing for David Auble.  The information available is:

*  Year:  1846
*  Grantor:  David Auble et ux
*  Grantee David L. Foster
*  Volume:  E4
*  Page:  333

I wrote that down on a piece of paper.  If I have many of them from the indexes, I use a Microsoft Word table so that I can order them by Volume number when I search for the records.

6)  I went back to the list of "Books" and looked for Volume E4.  There are two volumes on the set of digital microfilm - Volumes D4 and E4. 

I clicked on the link for Volumes D4 and E4, and found page 333 of Volume E4 on image 564 of 718:

The deed is on pages 333 and 334 (on the next image).

7)  My next step was to download the images using the "Download" button in the upper right-hand corner between the "Print" and "Tools" button.

I did that, and the images downloaded to my computer's "Download" folder with file names like "record-image_3Q9....jpg"

After the images downloaded, I clicked on them and changed the names of the images to, e.g.:


I then moved the downloaded files from my "Download" folder to my file folder for the David Auble family.

Next, I entered the event into RootsMagic using the "Deed" event, the date it was executed, the location, and a short description of the transaction.  Then I wrote a source citation for the deed event.

In the near future, I will abstract the deed, transcribe the deed, and write an Amanuensis Monday blog post about it.  I will also try to find the location of the land on a map.

8)  There were several more Auble and Knapp deeds in the Sussex County Land Records, and I have found, downloaded, renamed, relocated, and sourced them also.  

9)  I hope this helps my colleagues and readers find land records for their ancestral families.  There often are surprises in these records that can help prove relationships and residence locations.

10)  I told my CVGS colleagues that FamilySearch digital microfilm is their new very best friend online - they all need to learn how to find records for their ancestral families using these FREE resources.  It's not hard to do - a researcher needs to be logical, adventurous, willing to learn this skill, and then apply it and they may have plenty of records to work with.


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Diane Gould Hall said...

I absolutely love doing these kinds of searches Randy. If you recall, I recently located a probate record in much the same way. Such fun. Hope all your readers will join us doing these searches.

Bill said...

Hi Randy

As always great tips on how to find out more about our ancestors.

I signed into FamilySearch and tried to replicate this for my mother's Steever family in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and got "no matching results". I then tried the Sussex County, New Jersey and no matching results.

Does this have to be done from a Family History Center Library computer?

Bill Greggs

Barb said...

Hi Randy
Thanks for posting about the Sussex Co land records. I have a Doty connection and visited their Courthouse a few years ago. I did find the deeds I wanted but couldn't lift the deed books to carry them to an old printer. So I made notes but this morning I downloaded the deeds in less than 20 minutes. Thank you!
Barb DiMunno

Katie said...

Thank you, Randy! I never knew this was possible. What an amazing resource!