17) The informative potential of 18th-century deed books has been analyzed by G.
Demkin (Gorodskoe predprinimatel'stvo, 79-89) uses the same source that I do--Sevsk deed books, 1701-11--to study the Sevsk townsmen's economic activities.
In that case, the burden, as applied to the premature deed O-to-A used as a search backward illustration, would involve: (1) the need to find on and remove from (perhaps dusty) deed-room shelves numerous (perhaps musty) volumes of the grantor indices covering conveyances made by persons and entities whose controlling name begins with the letter O back to a point in time when it would be clear O, if a human being, had yet to be born; (2) the need to find by date the appropriate page(s) in the grantor index volumes taken from the shelves where a premature deed out of O might be indexed; (3) the need to find on the deed-room shelves and remove there from deed books, mortgage books, miscellaneous records books, etc.
So read the law pursuant to which, with Juneau Deed Book 1, beginning October 21, 1884, (2) Alaska initiated the systematic recordation of conveyance instruments.
My sources for non-patented land (deeds) were microfilm copies of the county's earliest deed books.
Saginaw's deed books through 1857 include 144 land entries for Midland.
The AP reporters were only able to find crumbling tax records, deed books
with pages torts from them and crudely altered records.
The register of deeds occupied one office, lined with shelves for the deed books.
14; Deed, Henry Chaney to Chairman of County Court, Union County Deed Book 1, p.
The Times' article is a classic example of the news media shooting themselves in the foot, effectively arguing for tighter controls on information that has long been available through public and private sources such as deed books
, tax records and telephone directories.