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About the Extracts of the
Geauga County Deed Index
for Townships which later became part of Lake County

A Project of Lake County Genealogical Society

Contents

  1. Name Table
  2. About the Extracts

Name Table

The following table lists the starting letters of the first surname or entity name for each of the extract files.


A

All

Ar

Au

B

Bal

Bart

Bat

Be

Ben

Biss

Bliss

Bon

Br

Bre

Broo

Bru

Burn

Bus

C

Call

Care

Cart

Champion, H

Chan

Chi

Clar

Co

Coll

Conn. Land Co, 1795-1799

Conn Land Co., 1800-1806

Conn Land Co., 1807-1838

Connecticut, State of, 1795-1810

Connecticut, State of, 1811-1838

Connf

Cot

Cran

Cu

Cunningham, J

D

Day

Di

Dr

E

Ely

En

F

Fif

For

Fow

Fren

Fri

G

Gi

Goo

Gor

Grang

Grant

Gris

H

Hank

Harn

Hart

Has

Haz

Hig

Hin

Ho

Holc

Hos

Hoy

Hud

Hunti

I

Jo

Jon

K

Kerr

Ket

Kin

Kings

Kingsl

Kir

L

Le

Lor

Los

M

Marks

Mart

Mathew

Mc

Me

Mi

Mit

Morl

Mu

N

Ni

O

Ol

P

Paine, E

Paine, H

Parke

Parki

Pars

Pe

Per

Perr

Phelps, S

Phelps, Samuel W., 1827

Po

Pu

Re

Richm

Rig

Roc

Root

Ru

S

Saw

Scov

Sh

Sher

Sk

Skinner, D

Smith, Jo

Sn

Star

Sti

Stor

Stow

Streete

T

Te

Thu

Tow

Tru

U

Walw

Warn

Warr

Week

Whe

Whit

Wi

Willi

Williams, S

Win

Woo

Woodr

Wor

 

 

 


About the pre-1840 Deed Index Extracts

Scope

This is an extraction of those Geauga County Deed Index records for current Lake County lands: Concord, Kirtland, LeRoy, Madison, Mentor, Painesville, and Perry and northern Thompson (later southern Madison) townships before 1840, and Willoughby Township before 1810 (when it became part of Cuyahoga County). The part of Madison Township south of the Grand River was part of Thompson Township before 1840, but since records were abstracted by range and township, those records in this part of Thompson (Range 6, Township 11) were included. Willoughby Township records from 1810 through 1839 have not been abstracted from the Cuyahoga County records; these records are available online at the Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Office at http://recorder.cuyahoga.oh.us (off-site).


Geauga County made copies of deeds from this area recorded prior to establishment of the county in 1806; some of these deeds go back as far as 1795.


The Process

Some kind soul, currently unknown to us, had spent many hours in Chardon going through the deed index books and copying all the entries for the ranges and townships now included in Lake County, along with a few for familiar Lake County names. There is a card file at Lake County Historical Society for the grantees and a deed index book was purchased for the grantors. The writing in the book is consistent throughout, so it is certain that one person did that ledger. Whether the cards came from the ledger or the ledger from the cards is unknown, likely the former for lack of true alphabetization.


Carl Engel had made a photocopy of the ledger and provided it to Lake County Genealogical Society for this project. The pages were divided up into packets and disks with the template for typing and instructions were included in each. Every entry which had a multiple grantor names had to be duplicated with each set of names reversed so that all grantors and grantees would be included. A packet was typed onto the disk and returned for proofreading. The table was printed out. This and instructions for the proofing were included in the packet to be distributed. All of the corrections were then entered into the files. This allowed three different people a chance to interpret the entries. The file then went to the “computer department” who magically made both the grantee and grantor columns into one alphabetical list with the extra column to make it sort, and put it into the files you see.


Sorting Rules

The records were sorted by name and then by date, to provide a chronological record of deeds for each party. [Party may be a person or an entity, such as a company, city, township, or state.] A working column of names ‘adjusted’ for uniformity was used for the sort, but is not present in the finished abstracts. This allowed us to present the names as transcribed, while still keeping a party’s transactions in good date order. These adjustments included:

  1. Expanding abbreviations of given names, such as John for ‘Jno.’, William for ‘Wm.’, etc.
  2. Sorting multiple initials are as if separated by a space: ‘E.B. Jones’ would sort as ‘Jones, E. B.’
  3. Removing spaces and other non-alpha characters, and expanding abbreviations in surnames; for example, St. John sorts as if spelled ‘saintjohn’, and O’Brien as ‘obrien’.
  4. Putting modifiers or honorifics of the surname at the end of the adjusted name: Joseph Smith Jr. was sorted as ‘Smith, Joseph Jr.’
  5. Not using modifiers such as ‘et al.’, ‘by executor’, by administrator’, ‘and wife’, nor multiple grantors/grantees. Leaving these in would have removed the deed from the date sort for the party. (Where more than one entity was involved, the entry was repeated using each entity.)
  6. Where the grantor or grantee was an entity, rather than a person, most of the above rules were used, except that terms such as ‘Trustees of’ were left in the sort. In addition:
    1. School districts were standardized with township/village name followed by a two-digit district number: ‘Painesville School District No. 04’ instead of ‘School District No. 4, Painesville’ [Two digits so that district 4 (04) would sort before district 11]
    2. ‘State of Connecticut’ sorts as ‘Connecticut, State of’; ‘Township of Madison’ as ‘Madison Township’; etc.

A few things could not be adjusted:


Acknowledgment

Thank you to the following:

As coordinator for this project, I appreciate all the work and dedication this took. Thank you to all. Cynthia Turk

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Last updated 21 Aug 2005

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