Did Ya Know

Order in the Court!

January 23, 2017

Happy Monday, ALL! To continue with the origins of our craft – did you know that originally most all public records offices were under the jurisdiction of a court? The original recording procedure, in many states, required that deeds, mortgages, leases etc. could only be recorded upon the order of a court. This was done to prove the validity of the transaction and to prevent forgeries and improperly executed documents. This is the reason that clerks of various courts are still the official recorders in many states, and why the names of the public office vary from state to state such as “Registrar’s Office, Recorder’s Office, Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, County Clerk’s Office,” and “Probate Court.”

As a side note, I have to say that I received a number of responses regarding Friday’s DDYK on the Domesday Book, so for your benefit and mine I did a little Googling and found a website devoted to the Domesday Book of 1086. I thought some of you might enjoy some additional reading on the subject, I am a complete title nerd and loved it. Here is the link, take a peek.     http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/