|Mason County Courthouse in background of Military Memorial|
|Abstract Record File|
Some courthouses have indexes of the information; but Mason County didn't. Knowing the approximate date that my Grandmother sold the property, I was able to scan through the Deed of Record book and find the Warrantee Deed for the sale of 180 acres by my grandmother and her brother.
The Abstract Record revealed that the property was originally owned by Mason County in 1867. My gggrandfather purchased the land in 1876; but died in 1879. The Abstract Record shows no record of the land then passing to his wife; but the clerk said that is normal. My gggrandmother then passed away in 1933 and my grandmother and her brother inherited the land. But, once again, the Abstract Record doesn't show inheritance transactions--only sales. The next transaction recorded was the sale of the land in 1946 by my grandmother and her brother. So, even though you would think the abstract record would show a complete chronological record of the owners of the land; it does not reflect inheritance of land. I believe that is through the probate courts; but have to do a little more research on that.
I must say that my first experience doing courthouse land record research was very productive and pleasant--due in great part to the very helpful clerk.