Does the deed not have a recital at all?
In this case you want to check the Grantee index for the name of the seller listed on the last recorded deed. Be sure to start looking in the year of the last transaction and work your way back. Bear in mind that a deed may have been recorded many years after the date of the transaction. The date of the actual deed, or instrument, is the important date.

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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?