United States Deeds

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A deed is the written legal document transferring ownership of property. Generally county offices have jurisdiction for the recording of deeds except for Connecticut, Vermont, and Rhode Island, which are located in the town records.

Parts of a deed

  • Date of land sale and date of recording
  • Names of grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer)
  • Granting clause, specifying the interest being transferred and consideration
  • Property description
  • Recital clause, if present, states how the seller got the land
  • Warranty section, stating how the seller will be liable to the buyer in case of later problems with the land
  • Execution Section containing acknowledgements, seals, and signatures


Devine, Donn, "Land Records: What You Can Learn, and Some Pitfalls to Avoid," Ancestry, 12:1 (Jan/Feb 1994), 16-18.