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"Minnesota, Clay County Land and Property Records 1872-1947" &nbsp;images, &nbsp;''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 17 November 2011). entry for James R Rowe, deed filed November 13, 1893; citing Property Records, Deed books, 1893-1895, v. 20. Image 4; Clay County Courthouse, Moorhead, Minnesota, United States.
 
 
 
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"Minnesota, Clay County Land and Property Records 1872-1947" &nbsp;images, &nbsp;''FamilySearch''(https://www.familysearch.org/: accessed 22 March 2012), entry for James R Rowe, deed filed November 13, 1893; citing Property Records, Deed books, 1893-1895, v. 20. Image 4; Clay County Courthouse, Moorhead, Minnesota, United States.

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Collection Time Period

The records cover the years 1872 to 1947 with some indexes going beyond the year 1947.

Record Description

The collection consists of images of records from the courthouse in Moorhead, Minnesota. The records include the following:

  • Grantor indexes
  • Grantee indexes
  • Deeds
  • Abstract books

Record Content

The records contain the following information:

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  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of transaction
  • Legal description of the property
  • Monies exchanged
  • Details of the transaction
  • Names of witnesses

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Approximate date of the transaction
  • Location of the property

Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the deed, or extract the genealogical information needed.

These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and census records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Search for the land transactions of a couple and their children. The parents may have sold or given property to a son or daughter. Such transactions confirm relationships that might not be found in other records.
  • Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents.
  • To find later generations, search the land records a few years before and after a person’s death. Your ancestor may have sold or given land to his or her heirs before death, or the heirs may have sold the land after the individual died. For daughters, the names of their husbands are often provided. For sons, the given names of their wives may be included. Heirs may have sold their interest in the land to another heir even though the record may not indicate this. Continue this process for identifying each succeeding generation.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching neighboring counties as well since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person.
  • One deed does not usually give sufficient information about a couple and their children. A careful study of all deeds for the person or the family will yield a richer return of information.
  • For each parcel of land owned, you should obtain two documents: 1) the deed that documents when ownership transferred to the individual or the family and 2) the deed that documents when ownership was transferred to someone else.

Record History

After the county's creation, a county land office was formed. Land transactions among private owners were then recorded by the registerar of deeds in the county office.

Why the Record Was Created

These records were created to safeguard the legal interests of the buyer and seller.

Record Reliability

These records are very reliable.

Related Websites

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Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citation for This Collection

The following citations refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Hisorical Records.  It may include the author, custodian, publisher,a nd archive for the original records.

"Minnesota, Clay County Land and Property Records, 1872-1947." FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org). Clay County Courthouse, Moorhead, Minnesota. FHL digital images, 104 digital folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations ro FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.


The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following article: How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Example of a Source Citation for a Record in This Collection

"Minnesota, Clay County Land and Property Records 1872-1947"  images,  FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/: accessed 22 March 2012), entry for James R Rowe, deed filed November 13, 1893; citing Property Records, Deed books, 1893-1895, v. 20. Image 4; Clay County Courthouse, Moorhead, Minnesota, United States.