Some US county recorders of deeds in states that are federal land states have tract, lot, or parcel indexes to land records that index land deeds based upon where the property is located. For rural areas these indexes usually are as specific as the quartersection. In towns they usually are for the specific lot. There can be exceptions. These indexes require the precise location of the property be known. They can be helpful finding transactions that slip through other indexes or don’t include all family names.
The deeds for the Trautvetter family in the illustration will be indexed in two different sections of the tract index:
- some will be in the southeast quarter of section 3
- others will be in the southwest quarter of section 3