This transcript of Kosciusko County, Indiana's Original Tract Book was compiled by Marjorie Priser and coded by Gene Andert. The Original Tract Book(s) for Kosciusko County records the original land owners and the land they owned. The information is presented as it is in the Book, in order by Township/Range based on the legal Township-Range methodology. For example, the first township in the Book is Township 30 Range 4. This describes the south east portion of Franklin Township. For more information on the land research within Kosciusko County see the Kosciusko Co Land Pages.The Original Tract Book further notes the Section Number and the description of where in the section the land partial is located; how much acreage was involved, the date the transaction was recorded, to whom the land was recorded and which Federal Land Office was involved (LP for Laporte and FW for Fort Wayne). In reading the description of the land within the section, the designation 1/4 or 1/2 has been left off. For example, when you see "NW of NW" this means "NW quarter of NW quarter" for 40 acres.
Presented here is an everyname index of the tract book with links to the pages the individuals are recorded on. In searching for individuals, please explore all possible spellings of the names. Also note that an individual may have owned more then one partial of land within a Township/Range so look through the entire page. You can also browse through each of the Township/Ranges.
Recognize that these land owners were the original land owners of the partials and in many cases never lived in Kosciusko County. As speculators, they purchased blocks of land that were quickly resold. Your ancestors may have been purchasers from these original land owners. In which case, the transaction would be recorded in the series of Deed books, some of which have been microfilmed, all of which are located in the Kosciusko County Recorder's Office.
Also be aware, that during the transcription of these records, at least four different copies of the Original Tract Book were found. Being hand-written copies, these books were not all identical. The best effort has been made to present as accurate transcription of the original records as possible.
Created: 2 September 1998
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