Sanborn Fire Insurance maps date back to 1866 when the Sanborn Company started creating mapping towns and cities throughout the United State for Insurance risk assessment purposes. The maps provide detailed information on the commercial, industrial, and residential structures in a community.
The maps provide extensive information on the structures mapped, including the number of floors, entryways, and type of construction. In addition, the maps are wonderful tools for establishing street and address changes over time.
A legal instrument to convey or transfer ownership of property. A deed typically contains a physical description of the actual property, but not the structure(s). Deeds are useful for locating the names of previous owners and the dates for the transfer of ownership. The grantor is the seller, while the grantee is the buyer.
Deeds are public record and, in Ohio, recorded with the county recorder's office. The deed books and deed index books are typically available for research in the recorder's office. However, many Ohio counties now have Records Centers for the older county records.