When Deed Books Are More Than Land Records
Aaron Goodwin February 26, 2018
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.” 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.Only NGS members have access to full articles of NGS Monthly. Please log in or click here to learn more about joining the National Genealogical Society.
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Thanks for the mention, Aaron. I still use those deed records all the time…
Best regards, Terri B. O’Neill
In Liberty County, Georgia, I’ve found more info in deeds than probate records. It seemed to be a common practice that when someone reached advanced age, they would distribute their belongings by way of deed, rather than leave a will. Typically, the eldest child would get the “home place” and in return, that child would take care of the parent for the rest of their days. It’s been a great way to learn a daughter’s husband’s name, grandchildren, etc. Too many times, I’ve found wills that only say: divide my estate between my living children. “The End!” No names! I’ve found a lot of other hidden treasures amongst deeds, so they are one of my primary “go to” places.