CD: Deed Records for Baltimore County, Maryland from 1659-1775: Vols 1-4 - John Davis. This CD-ROM contains 4 volumes. Under the terms of the charter of Maryland as granted by King Charles I of England, Lord Baltimore and his heirs were given all the land in the colony, with power to dispose of the land in any manner they deemed fit. A land office was set up to administer land grants and collect revenues. Settlers who applied for land grants had to pay fees at every step of the process as they obtained surveys, patents and titles. During those early days, the outer limits of Baltimore County stretched into unexplored territory. The deed records abstracted in these volumes include lands that lie within present-day Baltimore City, Cecil and Harford counties, and parts of Carroll, Anne Arundel, Howard and Kent counties.
Fourteen deed books were abstracted for Volume One, which is divided into 14 chapters. Each deed books spans a period of time ranging from 2-66 years.
Volume Two contains 12 deed books, divided into 12 chapters. Each book spans a period of time ranging from 1-25 years.
Volume Three contains 11 deed books, divided into 11 chapters, spanning a period of time ranging from 1-10 years.
Volume Four contains 12 deed books, divided into 12 chapters, spanning a period of time ranging from a few months to three years. The entries are more or less chronological, variations being due to the fact that transactions were often recorded in the books at some later date.
A typical entry includes the date of transactions, names of grantors and grantees and their places of residence, acres of land involved and the names signed on the document. Other information is included when available, such as sales price, location of land, neighbors, chain of deed and landmarks. Spellings of names and places have been preserved in their original form, so the reader is encouraged to check all possible spellings of a name of interest. An full name index assists the researcher.
2001, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, PC and Mac, 1731 pp.
101-CD1959 ISBN: 0788419595