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There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person's interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
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When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the "Grantor Index", an index to those selling the land and the "Grantee Index", an index to those buying the land.
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STATE LAND STATES are states that originally owned and distributed their lands. This includes the original 13 colonies, plus Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They used "metes and bounds" to survey the land.
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FEDERAL LAND STATES were created from the public domain, land the United States bought or acquired. The land was created into territories as the population spread out. Survey is done according to the rectangular survey system.
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Many legal instruments other than deeds appear in deed books. They include Bills of Sale, Prenuptial Agreements, Powers of Attorney, Contracts, Affidavits, Wills and Inventories and Voter and Jury Lists.