Casefile Clues

13 March 2013

Spreading the Facts

Affidavits in land records can provide all sorts of family details, particularly because the statements are often free form.

This is the end of a wonderful affidavit made out by James Edward Rampley in 1942. At the end of it, the typist has included the phrase:

"...in order that the above facts may be spread upon the records."
Hancock County, Illinois, Mortgage Book 126, page 455.

A funny way to say "have a copy at the courthouse."

The entire affidavit contains great family history information and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues.