Thursday, April 14, 2011

Release of Homestead

The deed analyzed in the next issue of Casefile Clues contains a release of homestead, fairly typical for the time period. The image in this post includes a portion of the 1877 Illinois State Revised Statutes discussing the release of homestead and how it is to be recorded in a deed.

The release of homestead (or dower in earlier times) can be clues to the wife of the seller. In this case, the release contained no big revelations, but there are times where significant clues are contained in this part of the deed. 

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