Does the recital give a list of multiple transactions without specific references to some or all of those transactions?
When you find a recital that lists multiple transactions this typically indicates that the deeds to the property have gone unrecorded for multiple transfers. This is called clearing title; it explains how the current owner has the right to sell the property. If the oldest transaction does not provide you with a reference, you need to check the Grantee index for the seller listed in the oldest transaction in the recital. If you cannot locate the transaction in the index you most likely have an unrecorded deed. Be sure to extract all the names and dates from every transaction listed.

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1. Does the recital give you a grantor and grantee but leaves out the deed book and page reference?
2. Does the recital give a list of multiple transactions without specific references to some or all of those transactions?
3. Does the deed not have a recital at all?
4. Does the recital refer to a patent?
5. Does the recital refer to a will or an estate sale?
6. Does the recital refer to a Sheriff’s sale?
7. Do you have multiple tracts, each with its own recital?