Progress in genealogical research depends heavily on the availability and knowledge of records of the locality involved. Their arrangement and accessibility are two factors that dictate whether the researcher will place more faith in one record group over another. While land records are available for all of the states in the United States, genealogists delving into the families in the southern states are most dependent on them.
There are usually cumulative indexes to deed books at the county level; however, these can be deceptive.
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