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13 February 2009

Grantor versus Grantee

Do you know what the difference between a grantor and a grantee is? A grantor is someone who is selling or transferring their ownership in property to someone else. A grantee is someone who is purchasing property or is having property transferred to.

One joke I make during many lectures is about the genealogist who spent hours looking for a deed when her ancestor purchased land. Her time was spent looking in the grantor indexes. Of course, looking for when her ancestor purchased land should be done in the grantee indexes.

It can be easy to get the two terms mixed up. Make certain you are looking in the right index.


  1. Thanks for the help!

  2. grantor owner ('ownor" of the property) DELIBERTLY MISPELLED the one who is selling

    grantee the buy-ee the one who is buying the property

  3. You may see the terms Direct (Grantor) and Indirect (Grantee) in some records.