provide genealogists with a wealth of information. Ownership of
land gave credence to economic status. When the Bahamas was granted
to Sir Robert Heath in 1629 all the land was considered Crown Land.
However in 1670 through a Royal Grant, six of the Carolina Lords
Proprietors became owners of the archipelago. This changed in 1717
when Royal government was instituted and land ownership reverted
to the Crown.
can visit the Registrar
General's Department located in the Rodney Bain Building and
of Lands and Surveys for records dating from 1964 to the present.
In addition, Bahamas
Title Research, Shirley and Parliament Streets is another resource
textual help researchers can peruse literature such as Homeward
Bound: A History of the Bahama Islands to 1850 with a definitive
Study of Abaco in the American Loyalist Plantation Period
by Sandra Riley, Exuma: The Loyalist Years 1783 - 1834
by W. H. James, The Early Settlers of The Bahamas and Colonists
of North America by Talbot A. Bethel and The Wyannie
Malone Genealogy Vol., 1 (Six Generations) by McAleer and