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tracking down a current property owner
Mon, 08/16/2010 - 6:27pm
I was just wondering if some one out there with more experience than me, which would be any, could tell me where to start in researching a current property owner. All I have to work with is a last name from the late 1800s and the general area in a specific county and state. I've spent a lot of time today on internet sites and on the phone, to no avail. Would really appreciate any advice and direction to go with my research. Thanks a lot. My email address is wagnerbill63gmail [dot] com
Wed, 08/18/2010 - 6:06am#2
I'm not sure about your area
I'm not sure about your area but my county assessor is on line and all I have to do is type in the address to a piece of property and bingo, theres the owner. Our web site even has a map that you can browse all the property in the county....happy hunting
Tue, 08/17/2010 - 6:33am#6
Def check out the county
Def check out the county assessors office. Everywhere is owned by someone and you can bet taxes have to be paid on it and therefor records exists for those transactions........
Mon, 08/16/2010 - 7:26pm#7
First I would contact the county office where the property is.
Have a address or location on road or street so you can tell every who you talk to a location that they can look it up on a county map and get Section, Township, Range location. Most state have this but maybe all. You may have to go your self to locate it accurately on a map. Knowing the approximate size of the piece of property helps in acres or just a lot. Most states have another long # that ties the piece of property to the county map. They can tell you that. When you get the tax partial ID # you can then check with the tax office and see who owns it now. Then you can trace the recorded files back seller by seller if the court house has records back as far as you want to go. Remember some court houses have burnt down in yrs past and they may not have it. If you have only owner back in the late 1800's work this in reverse order. By surname and location. Usually they will help you find what you want and you can usually get a copy of the map for a few dollars. I have worked in surveying for a long time and have worked in the court house before. Hopefully this will help you some.
Mon, 08/16/2010 - 6:53pm#8
tracking property owners
have you tried the county assessors office