Can’t Find the Deed of Acquisition?

If your ancestor owned property, he somehow acquired it. If there is no apparent deed for him in the index of records, consider the following possibilities:

  • your relative inherited the property and there was no actual deed of acquisition–the will served as the deed
  • your ancestor’s name was spelled really incorrectly on the deed–minor spelling issues aside, this was usually not the case
  • your ancestor acquired the property via a patent–which somehow never was recorded
  • your ancestor’s deed simply did not get in the index
  • the county boundary changed and the acquisition records are recorded in the county where the property was located at the time it was acquired
  • the deed never was recorded
  • you overlooked it in the index
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