In the beginning. The only sort of indexing 'legally' required by a county in the state of MN, was the grantor/grantee book. With that you would search by name as either the grantor or grantee of a parcel of land. But most counties would also run index books. There were numerous books, and each book was subdivided into Section-Township-Range. Then each Sec-Twp-Rng would be broken down further into Quarter and Quarter/Quarters. Then as an abstractor, it would be my duty to find the Sec-Twp-rng to a parcel and then go to that particular quarter-quarter/quarter and then look at each and every entry. There was always room for human error with this also. So that is why, the Grantor/Grantee took presidence over all. However, in 2003 when my counties went computerized. The Grantor/Grantee books are history as are all of the index books.
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