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A family association or family organization is formed by people who share a common ancestor or surname.
You'll find deeds in county courthouses except in New England states where you should find them in local town halls.
A bequest is a legacy, usually a gift of real estate by will.
Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination.
Boolean logic consists of three basic logical operators: AND (+) John AND Smith; NOT (-) John NOT Smith; OR John OR Smith, Smith OR John.
If your goal is to collect information only on one surname, expect to collect lots of paperwork.