This project in this class is designed to expose the
student to a practical skill helpful only in the real estate business but
also in every day living.
The project is to trace the chain of title for the
property located at 576 Lawn Drive, Lucinda (Grantee: Clara and Jerry
Belloit, January 1998, 483/233.) For those students not living
in Clarion County, check with me about the property assignment. It
is due April 15.
A chain of title is a record of each transaction affecting the title to
a piece of property beginning with the very first time the property
transferred ownership. For this project you will begin with the last
transaction and work your way backward through the history of transactions
of the property back as far as you can go. As you will notice the property
in question is my personal residence in Lucinda. Therefore, the first
transaction you should record is the deed with which I acquired the title
to the property. The transaction is recorded in January 1998.
To begin the project you will need to go to the Clarion County
Courthouse. This is the building located at the quarter of fifth Avenue
and Main Street across from the park. The office that you need to go to it
is the Register of Deeds. It is located on the first floor of the
courthouse building on the left hand side of the hall as you enter through
the main door. It will be the last office on your left. The official
records are kept in the two rooms located to the right of the office as
you enter into the Registrarís Office.
Youíll find the location of the deed that I acquired the property
with by looking in the Grantor/Grantee index located in the first room the
right off of the office. You may go past the help counter to get to that
room. Look for the volume containing the transactions for 1990. Look
in the grantee section of volume under the name Belloit. There you will
find the book number and page number where my deed may be found. Youíll
then need to go to the adjacent room, find the book number in this stacks,
and turn to the indicated page number. That should be my deed.
For each deed in the chain of title, there are seven items of
information you need to record. For each deed I wish to know the book
number, page number, the date the transaction, the type of deed, the
grantor, the grantee, and the indicated sales price.
A careful examination of about the first or second paragraph of the
deed will usually show you a reference to where the grantor received
title. Once again, this reference is in the form of a book and page
number. The next thing you do is to look up that deed and record the
necessary information from it. Then examine that deed for the reference to
the previous deed and thus continue as far back as you can.
Once you have traced the deed back to the early 1900s, youíll notice
that the deeds no longer are typed. Some of them can be rather difficult
About the most youíll be able to trace the deed will be to the mid
1700s. Going beyond that would require that you go to the Armstrong County
courthouse because much of Clarion County came from Armstrong County. If
you wanted to go back far enough you have to go to the Philadelphia County
I would suggest that you take a copy of this page with you
to the courthouse along with a copy of the project
form you will fill out and submit over the Internet using the http://online.clarion.edu