Monday, August 24, 2009

Researching Land Records

Genealogist Sharon Tate Moody has written a good article about researching land records at county courthouses.

She says that finding land records at the courthouse can be tricky because the indexes to the records may be confusing or non-existent.

Usually there is an index for grantors (those selling the land) and grantees (the buyers).

You must actually read the deeds, and not stop with the index or the abstract, to get tidbits such as the names of adjacent or previous landowners, etc.

The Glenview Public Library iwns a book that will help you in this process. Read Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures by genealogist Christine Rose, at call number 929.1 ROS (there is another copy in the Reference Room.)

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