When Deed Books Are More Than Land Records


In Locating Your Roots: Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records, author Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG, FGSP, spends a couple of pages on one of her favorite topics: “Records in Deed Books That Aren’t Deeds.”[1] Hatcher uses the example of Barren County, Kentucky, in which she found agreements, apprenticeships, bills of sale of personal property, bonds, contracts, deeds of gift, partitions, leases, manumissions, mortgages or securities, plats, powers of attorney, prenuptial agreements, and quitclaims, all scattered among deeds in deed books.

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