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06 June 2013

The Estray Book

If you come across an "estray book" at a courthouse, it is a book where residents could register lost property they had located, usually animals. Before the Civil War, slave may also be listed. There will not be an overly large amount of detail in these books, but a reference to your ancestor in an "estray book" can indicate residence in a certain place at a certain point in time.

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