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1805 Georgia Land Lottery Fortunate Drawers and Grantees

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About the author:
Paul K. Graham is an independent historical and genealogical researcher. He is a board-certified genealogist and holds a master's degree in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. He has performed research for clients since 2004. Combining his love for genealogy and his knowledge of Georgia land history, Paul published two reference books on the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery. The books document the participants, winners, and grantees in the first of eight Georgia land lotteries. In December 2005, the Georgia Genealogical Society recognized Paul's land lottery research by presenting him an award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Genealogy."

1805 Georgia Land Lottery Fortunate Drawers and Grantees

Authored by Paul K Graham

The 1805 Georgia Land Lottery was the first experiment of its kind in the United States. Partly in response to the Yazoo and Pine Barrens Land Frauds of the 1790s, the people of Georgia decided to distribute newly acquired lands using a lottery, thereby minimizing opportunities for corruption. Land lotteries had been used previously on a limited basis, but the distribution of public lands on a mass scale by lottery is unique to Georgia. New land was surveyed into square lots using public funds and then distributed by chance to eligible citizens. Widows and orphans, classes typically disadvantaged under the headright system, were specifically allowed to participate in the land lottery.

As the first of eight Georgia land lotteries, the 1805 Land Lottery served as the operational model for those to follow and established districts and land lots as the foundational units of Georgia's survey system (over the township, range, and section). The purpose of this book is to document the record of title transfer from the State of Georgia to an individual for each land lot distributed through the land lottery process in 1805.

The information contained in this book was compiled from a variety of sources, primarily the List of Persons Entitled to Draws, the grant books, and the Numerical List. Sources used that relate to specific events and requests include the Executive Department Minutes, records of the Georgia General Assembly, and three series of land lottery documents. In addition, the List of Fortunate Drawers, the Proceedings and Ledger of Fractions Sales, and the Index Leading to Page were used for verification purposes.

Publication Date:
0975531220 / 9780975531228
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / United States / State & Local / South

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