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Deed List for the Greater Emmitsburg Area 

If you click on the map, a much larger version - 2' x 1', will be downloaded.  Because of its size, it will take a few moments to download. If you find the map useful, please consider:

  • joining join us at our next monthly meeting,

  • sending us a worthy addition for our history articles archives about a relative who once called Emmitsburg home;

  • or send us your own memories about life in Emmitsburg.

We are one third through our goal of identifying all the landholders since the original royal land grants.  Once we are done, will produced maps showing the changes of land ownership for the entire region in ten year increments, beginning in 1744.

It is our fervent hope, that family names identified during this research will trigger input from genealogist and family history buffs from across the country.  Our land transfer information is just a skeleton outline of our history, we're depending on visitors like you to add the 'meat to the bones'.  

With over 2500 deeds on 14,000+ acres, you might imagine that organizing them has become quite a task!  After fussing about on several approaches we decided to use an age old approach - given that many of the original boundaries of land tracks where based upon the flow of water, we followed suite:

We've broken up our deeds into the following nine principle drainage areas:

Over the next few weeks will be adding all the deeds we've gotten over the past few months - so check back in frequently to find out what's new.

In addition, we also compiled a list of Historical Land Tract, Homestead, Plantations, & Farms names in the Greater Emmitsburg Area.

If after all this you are unable to find what you are looking for, we suggest you use our site's search engine and type in the name of the family you are looking for.