Sheriff’s Sale?

If you are unable to find a deed of sale for your relative, consider that the property could have been sold for failure to pay taxes. Those deeds are typically indexed under “Sheriff” and not the name of the owner as the owner technically does not own the property at that point and is not the actual grantor on the deed.

If there was a Sheriff’s sale, consider looking for court records involving the non-tax-paying ancestor as well.

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