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Sunday, November 4, 2012

New York County Deeds Index

Back on October 27th I posted a link for a source that provided an index to the deeds recorded in New York County prior to 1800. There of course were many more deeds recorded after 1800 and many of then involve persons named Brouwer, Brower and Brewer.

The link below will take you to digital images of the index pages for persons named Brouwer, Brower and Brewer, found in the Grantees index of New York County Deeds. These images are from FHL film # 888237.

Brewer-Brower NY Co Deeds Grantees Index

The link below leads to digital images from the Grantors index, FHL film #888232

Brewer-Brower NY Co Deeds Grantors Index

Currently the complete deeds are only accessible at the New York County Courthouse or by viewing filmed copies at a local Family History Library Center. Hopefully, the day will come when Family Search makes the images available online. Deeds can be an important source of otherwise unknown information useful to discovering family links. There are a lot of Brouwer, Brower and Brewer names mentioned in this index. I have no doubt that there is some yet undiscovered clues to family relationships that are waiting to be found by some researcher.

It is suggested that you download images to your own computer so that they can be more easily enlarged and manipulated for better viewing.

Update June 8, 2019: Here is a link to the online image for the Grantors Index where the surname BROUWER begins. This is image number 373 in Conveyance index-grantor 1654-1866 A-C. The images are faint, but still better than the photographed images placed online seven years ago.

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