In November, the staff at the Douglas County Historical Society was excited to find room again for the Douglas County Land Transfer Books, showing land transactions from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s. These show the transfer of land from owner to owner, both farmland in rural townships, and platted land and lots around the lakes, in towns and villages. Land transfer dates and names of landowners are included. You can also see who owned adjoining pieces of property.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is an example of a page showing the ownership of a piece of property located at Brown’s Point on Lake Darling.
This is public information, and records have been digitized at the courthouse up to present day, but we find that these books are a nice complement to our plat maps and other land records, in helping people find where their ancestors lived, and what happened to their property. To see more of our Research Library Resources, click HERE.