Deeds Before and After

Whenever you locate a deed of interest in a local county record book, look at the deeds before and after (at least two or three). Your ancestor might have recorded more than one deed at one time or the person from whom he purchased property may have recorded multiple deeds one after the other.

Multiple deeds for your ancestor provide property details that will need to be researched further so you can have all records of real property acquisition and ownership termination for your ancestor. If the person from whom you ancestor purchased property recorded multiple deeds at the same time, there may be some clues there about your ancestor’s larger “network” of friends, associates, and relatives or about the person from whom your ancestor purchased the property.