The White River Valley Historical Society and Taney County Recorder’s office are seeking donations of Taney County deed abstracts.

“The County courthouse burned twice,” explained Recorder Robert Dixon. “Many abstracts contain information prior to the burnings, and might be the only record remaining of a land transaction. Deed abstracts used to be used for all land transactions; however, with the coming of title insurance, they’re no longer used by the title companies, and unfortunately, many have been destroyed. Between the historical society and my office, we have about 250, but that’s a small amount compared to what may be out there.”

“Earlier this year, the WRVHS was appointed by the Taney County Commission as the organization to process historic requests received by our county offices,” continued Dixon. “We’re asking the public to consider donating any Deed abstracts to the WRVHS, where they’ll be held for perpetuity, as well as available for research. They can be dropped off either at my office in the courthouse, or at the historical society, which is located at 297 Main Street in Forsyth, across from the Judicial Center.”

To make arrangements for donation of the abstracts, or for more information, contact Taney County Recorder Robert Dixon at 546-7234, or WRVHS Managing Director Leslie Wyman at 417-546-2210.