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16 February 2011

To Whom Was the Quit Claim Made?

If you see your ancestor as a party on a quit claim deed, pay close attention to whom he was buying land from or to whom he was selling it. A high proportion of quit claim deeds are among relatives, generally to clean up an inheritance. Not always--but it's worth a clue. A quit claim means you are giving up your claim, something that heirs are likely to do among themselves after the owner passes away.