How do I read a property abstract?
I'm trying to trace my house's history via my property abstract, but it's confusing the heck out of me. My abstract goes back to 1827, my house supposedly dates to 1857, but there is no mention of a mortgage in the abstract until 1887. There is a ton of back and forth going on in the beginning of the abstract - it appears as though the land (or house?) passed back and forth between the same few groups of people many times, and that these people didn't seem to own the land for more than a 1-5 years at a time. I can't tell when the house was built, because the abstract makes no mention of any structures on the land. It just says "conveys premises and more" or "conveys premises". Is it possible to determine the year a structure was built by reading the abstract? I'm so confused.