chain of title – the ownership history of a piece of land, from its first owner to the present one

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chain of title:

1. The ownership history of a piece of land, from its first owner to the present one. — aka line of title; string of title.

2. The ownership history of commercial paper, traceable through the indorsements.  *  For the holder to have good title, every proper negotiation must have been proper.  If a necessary indorsement is missing or forged, the chain of title is broken and no later transferee can become a holder. [1]

1. The successive conveyances and devolutions of title, commencing with the patent from the government or some other source and ending with the conveyance or devolution to the person claiming title presently. Capper v Poulen, 321 Ill 480, 482, 152 NE 587, 588. [2]

1. The succession of transactions through which title to a given piece of land was passed from person to person from its origins the present day.
     See abstract of title; title search. [3]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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