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27 February 2011

Is the Wife Listed First?

I've seen quite a few deeds in my genealogy research. Recently I located one where the wife was listed first, instead of the husband. What it likely means is that the money to buy the house in Chicago was hers, in this case likely an inheritance from her father.

It is rare to see a woman listed first in a legal record when she and her husband are listed. If she is listed first, see if you can determine why.