How You Can Use Grantor and Grantee Indexes to Find Property Owners

When a deed is recorded, it is indexed in a grantor (seller) index and at the same time in a grantee (buyer) index. Grantor and grantee indexes are maintained in alphabetical and chronological order. They are generally alphabetized according to last and first names. Let us assume that you are trying to determine a current property owner's name, but you have only the name of the person who last sold the property and the year in which it was sold. To obtain the name of the current owner, you would use the grantor's index book for the year the title was transferred to locate the grantee's name. The grantor's index lists in alphabetical order all grantors named in documents recorded during a specific calendar year; beside each grantor's name is the name of the grantee as named in the document along with the official record book and page number where a photocopy of the recorded document can be located in the public records. The grantee index is arranged by grantee names and gives the name of the grantee and the official record book and page numbers where a photocopy of the recorded document can be found.

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