I found an original hand-written property deed from 1849! Rachel decided I should wear white gloves and ordered some. We put the deed – the only original I’ve found so far – in a protective archival sleeve. It will be scanned; we’ll use the pdf and send the original to the historical society. Rachel said people have been looking for these deeds for years. I wonder if there are more in these boxes.
I finally realized that the 1111-111 numbers were identification numbers for deeds; (book and page number), things are starting to make sense.
I abandoned my original spreadsheet and began a new one. In my old spreadsheet, I was describing the box, then the folder, then the folder’s contents (clearly not at item-level, more like “many maps, some hand-written”). My new spreadsheet is focused on the land lots. Each row is a lot. Column headings include “informal lot name”, “deed number”, “former owner”, “new owner”, “date of transfer”, “price”, and “notes”. I love the lot names: Hundred Acre Meadow, Dividence Swamp, and Great Island.