This session provides a brief overview of metes and bounds land descriptions seen in deeds, mortgages, patents, grants, and other land documents. The land descriptions are an essential part of land research. This presentation discusses metes and bounds land descriptions and how the metes and bounds can solve genealogical problems.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Metes & Bounds Land Plats Solve Genealogical Problems,” by Jerry Smith, CG®. This webinar airs Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Gerald (Jerry) Smith, CG®, researches in Pennsylvania families. He is the IGHR and SLIG course coordinator for the week-long land platting course. He is on the faculty of IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP Institutes where he teaches topics in military, maps, and land records. He has published a number of books and articles, including abstracts of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Court of Quarter Sessions records. While he resided and researched for many years in Pennsylvania, he recently moved to Illinois to make sure his granddaughter grows up appreciating her family history.

When you register before February 20th with our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars (, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

“Education is one of the most significant ways of achieving BCG’s mission of promoting public confidence in genealogy through uniform standards of competence,” said President Faye Jenkins Stallings, CG®. “We appreciate this opportunity to provide these webinars that focus on the standards that help family historians of all levels practice good genealogy.”

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