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From: Ronnie Silcox
Date: 27 Sep 2000
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
If you have never tried it you can search for federal land records at the Bureau of Land Management site.
This is a free site and there are at least 30+ entries where Carnleys (and variations) have recieved federal land in Alabama and Florida from the 1830's - 1900.
Couple of examples: Lewis Carnline bought land in Monroe county, AL on Oct. 1, 1835 (section 7, twp.8-N, R 9-E). On May 20, 1837 he bought land in Pike County, AL (sect. 9, twp 9-N, R 20-E). There are several other Lewis Carnley/Carnline entries. These were purchases.
There are several Homestead entries, for example a Jerimiah Carnley homesteaded in Monroe County, AL in 1889.
Check it out. Search for the surname Carnley and see if one of yours is there. If so, you can get the date and legal description of the land. With a map that shows Township and Range, you can pinpoint where he/she was at a given time. You can also view (and printout) a photograph of the origional handwritten land patent (federal "deed")for that person!! There is also good info there about how to read land descriptions.
If you have used the BLM site before, please excuse me. If not, give it a try. The Carnley's had lots of dealings with federal land offices.
You can order "certified" copies from BLM, but you can print the same thing straight off of the web page.
If you have a "homesteader" (would have to be after 1862) you can order the homestead application file from the National Archives. I have done this on one non-Carnley ancestor. Cost $10 or $12 and takes a couple of months. Family info is limited.