Sheriff Deed Index (1825-1905)

A sheriff sale was the final step initiated following a court order to take an individual’s property after their failure to pay civil judgments filed against them. The grantor in this case is the individual whose property was taken and sold at sheriff sale. The grantee is the individual that purchased the advertised property. Sheriff sales were published in newspapers typically a few weeks prior to the proposed sale. Sheriff deeds may be the missing link in a chain of title for those doing house history research. Like regular deeds, sheriff deeds may provide a valuable description of the property and the buildings. Sheriff deeds were recorded in regular deed books prior to 1825 and after 1905. Researchers can search by either grantee (to whom sold) or grantor (person whose property was sold). Researchers should also consult the regular deed indexes available at the archives.