[APG Public List] Background on anywhere at any time...

Terry Reigel terry at reigelridge.com
Fri Aug 13 15:08:54 MDT 2010

Michael Hait wrote:

> Estate inventories provide a list of the items that
> everyday people from all income levels keep in their
> homes. 

In some cases mortgage records can do the same. When people purchased "on account" and the balance due was secured by a mortgage, the mortgages can provide essentially complete inventories of the borrower's belongings. See, for example some extracts from western Kentucky in the mid-1800s at http://reigelridge.com/Genealogy/Resources/Caldwell%20mortgages.htm

Terry Reigel

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