I'm not sure if this is specific to my state....but at purchase I received an "abstract of title"...or a listing of all the owners of the land to present date. You can spot when the (or a) house was added by watching for an increase in the mortgage amounts. It is facinating to read through.....in my abstract you see sale amounts, names, deaths, bankruptcies, sheriff foreclosures.
<br>To put things in perspective....the land to my property was purchased in 1859 for $195. Today, I spent $200 for a new lock for my back door. Oh how the times change