The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 28, 2013

Book aids search for military bounty land records


Christine Rose, noted genealogist and author, has published a book that is sure to be a standard reference for anyone wishing to tap into the vast store of genealogical information that is available in military bounty land records. Documents created during the process of applying for military bounty land may include vital records (such as birth, death, marriage), pages from a family Bible, letters and names of family members — all information sought by a family researcher. Finding such records can be challenging — whether for federal or state lands.

“Military Bounty Land 1886-1855” is a book that can provide answers, with precise procedures, helpful finding aids (both published and online), case studies and a better understanding of this topic.

As stated in the book’s preface, “This book is intended as a guide to voluminous records accumulated from 1776 onward. The book is arranged starting with the earliest bounty warrants issued for the Revolution, and continuing to the last act awarding land for service performed in 1855 or earlier.”

The appendix contains a chronological listing of all the statutes of the Continental Congress and the U.S. Congress relating to Military Bounty Land, with the importance of each law identified as well. Learn about application files, warrant files, treasury certificates, Canadian refugee warrants, scrip records, and military certificates. This is a book that needs to be referenced often as one’s research progresses in order to take advantage of the specific details for varying locations and time periods.

“Military Bounty Land 1776-1855” is a 176-page softcover book, 8 ½-by-11 inches, ISBN 978-092962620-8, that can be ordered from the publisher, CR Publications, 761 Villa Teresa Way, San Jose, CA 95123 at $19.95 plus $5.60 shipping, or ordered online from the author’s website at

Rose also has written many other helpful genealogical books; these, too, can be ordered from her website. Genealogist, author, and retired librarian Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck praises her new book and adds, “Genealogists are forever in her debt for her work.” In the book’s foreword, noted genealogist and author Sandra Hargreaves Luebking writes, “Family historians and professional genealogists will find this work indispensable.”

Benton newsletter

The Benton County Indiana Historical Society has sent its annual newsletter to members with news of the society and the county. It should be noted that the society has many helpful genealogical records. They include a database of more than 25,000 family names; Harold Furr’s photo collection; county birth records 1882-1920; county death records 1882-2004; newspaper obituaries; index to naturalization records (pre-1907); records and maps of 27 cemeteries; county history books; 103 family history books; and more.

The records may be accessed five days a week, 8 a.m. to noon. There is also a museum upstairs. For more information, contact the Benton County Indiana Historical Society, 404 E. Sixth St., P.O. Box 341, Fowler, IN 47944; phone (765) 884-8839.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing