Every Deed In the Chain

If your ancestor owned property for several generations, do you have every deed in the chain of ownership documenting the transfers? Remember that in some places and some time periods, the a will or an estate settlement may serve in place of the deed.

And for every piece of real estate an ancestor owned, even if it did not stay in the family, make certain you have determined how that property was acquired and how it left the person’s ownership–copies of deeds if they are applicable to your relative’s situation. Sometimes the acquisition and or disposition may have been through an inheritance–in which case you would want to check local court and probate records in most cases.