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Access the records: Maine, Aroostook County Deed Books, 1865-1900 .
This Collection will include records from 1865 to 1900.
The collection consists of grantor and grantee Indexes and deed books for both the Northern District and the Southern District of Aroostook County.
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.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1447693/waypoints Browse link from the collection landing page.
These records were created to safeguard the legal interests of the buyer and seller.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Maine, Aroostook County Deed Books, 1865-1900fckLR." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Register of Deeds, Houlton.
The records contain the following information:
- 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
Search the Collection
To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appriopriate "Registry"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
To use the records it is helpful to know:
- Names of interested parties
- Approximate date of the transaction
- Location of the property
To begin your search do the following:
- Check the index for the family name (surname) and then the given name. Indexes enable you to access land records quickly by searching for the names of owners. Realize that some entries in earlier years may have been missed. Indexes may also contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
- Make a list of the volumes and page numbers for each deed you wish to check.
- For each deed, search the noted volume and page number.
Compare the information in the records 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 new information you find to your records of each family.
- Use the residence and names to locate church and census 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.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Maine, Aroostook County Deed Books, 1865-1900," digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 23 March 2012), Northern Registry > Deed books, 1879-1882, vol. 13 (p. 1-300) > image 6 of 303, Henry L Butler, land purchased from Dorothea Coolidge 5 February 1880; citing Northern Registry, Aroostook County Clerk, Houlton, Maine, United States.
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