Sharon Tate Moody recently wrote an article about the value of land deeds in genealogical research. This is especially true because not only are the names of the buyer and the seller on the deed, but often all previous owners of the land are listed also. What a treasure of information!
Sharon says: “To many people, deeds are boring legal descriptions of land bought and sold. But for the genealogical researcher, they are rich records. Hidden within them, one might find the maiden names of female ancestors, evidence of prior marriages, children's names, even records of slave ancestors.”
You can read all of Sharon’s article at: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jun/05/land-deeds-can-be-clues-past/life/