Part of the great American dream was to own land. One of the first acts that a before moving or upon arriving in a new area was the purchase of land. Through the purchases and transfers of land genealogical data can be gathered about your ancestors. Relationships can be determined from these documents as well as origins of the purchasers.
In Putnam Co., OH the records concerning land purchase were kept by the County Recorder. These records are located at the county court house, but can also be search at the Archives in Bowling Green, OH. The records available date from 1830-1903 at the archives and from 1830 to present at the courthouse. Land Records are very important and often overlooked area of genealogical research.