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Query: Washington, DC Land Records

My family owned a 60 acre farm in DC at Terra Cotta - this is listed in the 1850 census.  I am trying to find out when they purchased that land and to find any land records available.  My direct descendents immigrated in the 1840's, I believe, and I don't know if the farm was purchased at that time or was already owned by family members who came earlier.  Any direction wpould be most appreciated.  Thanks!

Save the Date - DC Preservation Awards Program - May 8, 2019

Washington, DC - Save the Date of May 8, 2019 for the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Awards Program. The program will take place at the historic DAR Constitution Hall, a National Historic Landmark structure designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope and erected in 1929.