Arphax Publishing Company, www.arphax.com, owned by Gregory A. Boyd, specializes in publishing the family maps series of land patent books for the United States and the Texas Land Survey Maps series.
Published books include a list of the original settlers in the counties of each state whose purchase is recorded and indexed in either the U.S. Bureau of Land Management database (www.glorecords.blm.gov) or the Texas General Land Office database (www.glo.texas.gov/cf/land-grant-search/index.cfm).
Each Deluxe edition includes: a state map identifying each county; alphabetical surname list; patent map with name of the patentee and the year applied for the patent; and three maps per township. The three maps are of homesteads and other land patents with the owner's name; roads and rivers, creeks and railroads that existed in the time period.
Arphax recently published books for six counties in Illinois, Michigan and Texas. Boyd also owns the website Historygeo.com.
For more information contact Arphax Publishing Co., 2210 Research Park Blvd., Norman, or call (800) 681-5298.
Donna Waddle, Oklahoma City FamilySearch Center volunteer assistant senior director, will discuss recent changes and additions to the Familysearch website at the Oklahoma Genealogical Society meeting at 6 p.m., Feb. 4 in the Chesapeake Event Center, Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive.
Waddle will demonstrate the new and improved search features, which include:
• Record indexes and images — results are listed in order with the best results first. The new preview feature allows the user see information included in each record.
• The new Learning Resources provides access to free information and tips from genealogists and research experts.
• The new Family Tree allows researchers to work with other family members to provide accurate records with sources and images.
For more information, call the society at 637-1907.
The Pittsburg County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at 113 East Carl Albert Parkway, McAlester.
Janice Barker, Pittsburg County Clerk, will give an overview of the public records maintained at the county courthouse.
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