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.