Michael John Neill's weekly genealogy how-to column.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
There Hand and Seal
This is just a snippet of a scan of an 1863 deed that is recorded in the Hancock County, Illinois Recorder's Office. Readers who remember their English will realize there is an error in the image.
The question is: What does the original document say? Is the error in the original or is it in the transcription. I've got the original 1863 deed and in issue 5 of Casefile Clues (volume 2), readers will see what the original document said. We will also discuss a few other irrgularities with this document and ways the clerk usually noted those items.