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Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation.
Title: Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation records
Dates: 1922-1998
Extent: (157 boxes, 2 oversize folders, 1 card index file cabinet) 166.07 cubic feet
Identification: MS 1599
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation was founded in 1925 in Richmond, Virginia. The company opened its first branch in Atlanta, Georgia in 1937. In 1943, Lawyers Title purchased the Atlanta Title and Trust Company and became the only title insurance company in the state. The company soon opened branch offices in several other Georgia cities including Savannah and Augusta. The Savannah office was opened in 1952 and closed in 1998, at which time some its files and a property index of title histories were donated to the Georgia Historical Society. In March 2009, the Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company purchased Lawyers Title Insurance and closed the Augusta, Georgia, office. Upon the closure of the Augusta office, the old Savannah Office name index and order books were donated to the Georgia Historical Society.


Scope and Content Note

The Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation records, 1939 to 1979, consists of title insurance policy files primarily for Savannah and Chatham County, but also include Camden County, Bryan County, Bulloch County, Effingham County, Emanuel County, Evans County, Glynn County, Jeff Davis County, Liberty County, McIntosh County, Tattnall County and other Georgia locations. Also included in the collection is a map book for the city of Savannah, order books, index lists, and property and name index cards.

The insurance policy files contain the original policies along with accompanying material such as correspondence and in some cases land plats. The records are divided into four series: Individual Policies, Master Policies, Urban Renewal Projects, and Atlanta Title and Trust Company. Title insurance “protects the insured against loss due to previously unreported land title defects, such as forgeries, claims by missing heirs, recording errors, etc.” These are not insurance policies on properties, they are insurance policies on the titles of the properties. The policies may include preliminary reports on the property, such as blueprints, annotations on the condition of the property, or other building attributes. The policies often list the owner(s) of the property for which there is title insurance.

Urban Renewal Project files are title insurance records on properties acquired by the mayor and aldermen of Savannah for the purpose of creating public housing projects. Currently, there is no index to individual properties, though the records are open for research.

Atlanta Title and Trust Company records, 1922 to 1923, are for select Savannah properties and often include the title searches, blueprints of properties, and other information regarding the property or owner.

To access policies for property in the City of Savannah, researchers must first locate the property in the Lot and Block Atlas of Savannah, Georgia (published by Dolph Map Co., November 1949) or in the name indexes (if the property owner's name is known).

The map book is arranged by ward and only covers Savannah. If there is a handwritten number on a particular property in the map book, there is a policy for it (if there is no number, there is no policy). Note the handwritten number on the property in the map book and go to the property index cards. The index cards are arranged in numerical order corresponding to the map pages. Locate the correct numerical section of the cards and find the card corresponding to the handwritten number on the property map. Note the title insurance policy number on the card and consult the inventory to determine in which box the policy is stored.

To access policies for property in areas outside of the City of Savannah, researchers must use the name index. The name index is more comprehensive than the property index. It is arranged alphabetically by surname and covers properties in Chatham County (including Savannah) and many other surrounding counties. Note the title insurance policy number on the card and consult the inventory to determine in which box the policy is stored.

The policy files and indexes are arranged in the original order of the creator and largely stored in their original housing.


Index Terms

Atlanta Title and Trust Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Bryan County (Ga.)
Bulloch County (Ga.)
Camden County (Ga.)
Chatham County (Ga.)
Effingham County (Ga.)
Emanuel County (Ga.)
Evans County (Ga.)
Glynn County (Ga.)
Insurance policies--Georgia.
Insurance policies.
Jeff Davis County (Ga.)
Land titles--Georgia.
Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation (Savannah, Ga.)
Liberty County (Ga.)
McIntosh County (Ga.)
Plats (maps)
Real property--Georgia.
Tattnall County (Ga.)
Title Companies--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Records and property index was acquired from the creator on the day the Savannah office closed, 10 June 1998; Savannah office name index and order books acquired the day the Augusta office closed, March 2009.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation records, MS 1599, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation, 1998 and 2009.


Restrictions

Access restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Separated Material

1 box of rolled maps were separated from the donation in 1998 and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society collection of maps, MS 1361-MP.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Individual Policies

Box

1AG 3074 - AG 12298

Box

2AG 12309 - AG 20039

Box

3AG 20143 - AG 35000

Box

4AG 35001 - AG 38947

Box

5AG 39030 - AG 43120

Box

6AG 43121 - AG 53398

Box

7AG 53481 - AG 60693

Box

8AG 60726 - AG 66022

Box

9AG 66027 - AG 69988

Box

10AG 70023 - AG 73924

Box

11AG 73931 - AG 77727

Box

12AG 77738 - AG 80609

Box

13AG 80638 - AG 84173

Box

14AG 84250 - AG 88314

Box

15AG 88319 - AG 94553

Box

16AG 94567 - AG 98667

Box

17T155-701 -- T155-880

Box

18T155-881 -- T156-071

Box

20T156-072 -- T156-200; T157-155; T166-936 -- T166-995
T166-996 -- T167-184

Box

21T167-185 -- T167-368

Box

22T167-369 -- T167-434; T181-051 -- T181-177

Box

23T181-178 -- T181-533; T346-307 -- T737-674

Box

24V472-371 -- V472-566

Box

25V472-567 -- V472-700; V624-268 -- V625-242

Box

26V625-243 -- V625-405

Box

27V625-406 -- V625-589

Box

28V625-590 -- V625-700; V645-301 -- V645-375

Box

29V645-376 -- V659-639

Box

30V659-640 -- V670-179

Box

31W27-001 -- W27-259

Box

32W27-260 -- W27-477

Box

33W27-478 -- W27-500; W69-802 -- W70-031

Box

34W70-032 -- W70-215

Box

35W70-216 -- W70-300; W140-184 -- W140-185; W183-401 -- W183-538

Box

36W183-539 -- W183-761

Box

37W183-762 -- W183-900; W228-701 -- W228-785

Box

38W228-786 -- W228-900

Box

39W229-001 -- W229-200

Box

40W317-601 -- W317-700; W329-126 -- W329-224; W344-201 -- W344-208

Box

41W344-209 -- W344-400; W471-501 -- W471-550

Box

42W471-551 -- W471-815

Box

43W471-816 -- W472-000; W497-601 -- W497-690

Box

44W497-691 -- W497-951

Box

45W497-952 -- W497-999; W498-001 -- W498-099; W553-601 -- W553-690

Box

46W553-691 -- W553-900; W647-801 -- W647-860

Box

47W647-861 -- W647-900; W657-501 -- W657-700; W706-801 -- W706-830

Box

48W706-831 -- W706-999; W707-000 -- W707-075

Box

49W707-076 -- W707-300; W722-051

Box

50X107-101 -- X107-289

Box

51X107-290 -- X117-803

Box

52X117-804 -- X117-874

Box

53X117-875 -- X118-063

Box

54X118-064 -- X179-031

Box

55X179-033 -- X179-035; X242-301 -- X242-471

Box

56X242-472 -- X242-689

Box

57X242-690 -- X242-800; X256-401 -- X256-472

Box

58X256-473 -- X256-678

Box

59X256-679 -- X256-875

Box

60X256-876 -- X323-985

Box

61X323-986 -- X324-149

Box

62X324-150 -- X616-437

Box

63X616-438 -- X616-624

Box

64X616-626 -- X789-917

Box

65X789-918 -- X790-122

Box

66X790-123 -- X790-348

Box

67X790-349 -- X990-544

Box

68X990-545 -- X990-700

Box

69Y118-593; Y264-401 -- Y309-220

Box

70Y309-222 -- Y309-395

Box

71Y309-396 -- Y317-300

Box

72Y317-302 -- Y317-397; Y320-501 -- Y320-580

Box

73Y320-581 -- Y437-745

Box

74Y437-746 -- Y440-145

Box

75Y440-146 -- Y440-330

Box

76Y440-332 -- Y440-399; Y448-701 -- Y448-825

Box

77Y448-826 -- Y449-000

Box

78Y612-801 -- Y612-954

Box

79Y612-956 -- Y616-973

Box

80Y616-974 -- Y621-138

Box

81Y621-141 -- Y621-400; Y628-601 -- Y628-630

Box

82Y628-631 -- Y628-858

Box

83Y628-859 -- Y748-285

Box

84Y748-286 -- Y752-792

Box

85Y752-793 -- Y752-892; Y939-626 -- Y939-906

Box

86Y939-907 -- Y939-970

Box

87Y939-971 -- Y939-982; Y940-000 -- Y940-199

Box

88Z124-601 -- Z124-771

Box

89Z124-772 -- Z124-800; Z163-501 --Z163-691

Box

90Z163-692 -- Z168-346

Box

91Z168-247 -- Z172-774

Box

92Z172-775 -- Z172-990

Box

93Z172-991 -- Z427-444

Box

94Z427-445 -- Z428-623

Box

95Z525-710 -- Z603-204

Box

96Z603-206 -- Z615-111

Box

97Z615-112 -- Z866-347

Box

98Z866-349 -- Z874-381

Box

99Z874-382 -- Z880-484

Box

100Z880-485 -- Z885-388

Box

101Z885-390 -- Z892-182

Box

102Z892-183 -- Z898-182

Box

103Z898-358 -- Z898-400



S Policies

Box

103S 97100
S 302740
S 873208
S 873210
S 873224
S 873256



Policies From Other Offices

Box

1031-008,535-B - 584922
1-011,614-B - T584058
1-021, 899-B - S 565422
1-039,269-B - P 917816
1-045,193-F - P 185113
1-047,675-B - P 920130
1-054,990-B - N 2-4988
1-063,212-B - N 219690
1-077,757-B - K 240927
1-086,542-F - J 186952
1-098,956-B - H 672119
1-125,365-F - 82-00-783726
5-006,070-B - N 803230
6-006,129-B

Box

104Z898-401 -- Z898-450; Z965-201 -- Z965-300; Z966-801 -- Z966-884

Box

105Z966-885 -- Z966-900; Z968-051 -- Z968-200

Box

10615755 -- 49193; 52342 -- 90085

Box

10790086 -- 107846

Box

108107864 -- 132785

Box

109132803 -- 147595

Box

110147596 -- 149930

Box

111149931 -- 174390

Box

112174391 -- 176650

Box

113176651 -- 217521

Box

114217530 -- 227925; 240313 -- 243880

Box

115243885 -- 315112

Box

116315113 -- 374976

Box

117375001 -- 458555

Box

118458655 -- 468313; 531669 -- 620419; 736201 -- 736211

Box

119751501 -- 756170

Box

120756171 -- 878601

Box

121878602 -- 884130

Box

122884131 -- 886580

Box

123886581 -- 888700; 888801 -- 888875

Box

124888876 -- 891875

Box

125891876 -- 892150

Box

126892151 -- 892200
 

Master Policies (MP)

Box

127P116-566 -- S693-097

Box

128S880-996 -- T737-617

Box

129T737-649 -- V350-624

Box

130V472-215 -- W183-446

Box

131W183-565 -- W553-885

Box

132W706-834 -- X242-394

Box

133X242-492 -- X616-625

Box

134X616-782 -- X790-130

Box

135Y617-052 -- Y621-367

Box

136Y628-696 -- Y748-385

Box

137Y748-394 -- Z615-096

Box

138Z866-269 -- Z880-532
 
Series 3: Urban Renewal Projects
Box 139
Box 140
Box 141
Box 142
Box 143
Box 144
 

Series 4: Atlanta Title and Trust Company

Box: 145
NE 31st St. and Paulson St. 803 E. 33rd St. 1127 E. 33rd St. 725 E. 35th St. 601 W. 37th St. 520 E. 39th St. NW Corner of 40th and Paulson Sts. 604 E. 40th St. 530 E. 41st St. 1110 E. 42nd St. 123 W. 44th St. 313 W. 44th St. 36 E. 45th St. 1206 E. 49th St. 117 E. 54th St. 118 E. 55th St. 821 E. Anderson St. 823 E. Anderson St. 2602 Barnard St.

Atlanta Title and Trust Company
NE 31st St. and Paulson St. 803 E. 33rd St. 1127 E. 33rd St. 725 E. 35th St. 601 W. 37th St. 520 E. 39th St. NW Corner of 40th and Paulson Sts. 604 E. 40th St. 530 E. 41st St. 1110 E. 42nd St. 123 W. 44th St. 313 W. 44th St. 36 E. 45th St. 1206 E. 49th St. 117 E. 54th St. 118 E. 55th St. 821 E. Anderson St. 823 E. Anderson St. 2602 Barnard St.
NE 31st St. and Paulson St.
803 E. 33rd St.
1127 E. 33rd St.
725 E. 35th St.
601 W. 37th St.
520 E. 39th St.
NW Corner or 40th and Paulson Sts.
604 E. 40th St.
530 E. 41st St.
1110 E. 42nd St.
123 W. 44th St.
313 W. 44th St.
36 E. 45th St.
1206 E. 49th St.
117 E. 54th St.
118 E. 55th St.
821 E. Anderson St.
823 E. Anderson St.
2602 Barnard St.

Box

146Atlanta Title and Trust Company
213 E. Bolton St. 606 Drayton St. [100 E. Duffy St. see 1102 Ott St.] 517-519 E. Duffy St. 1010-1012 E. Henry St. 635 Maupas Ave. 914 Maupas Ave. 1102 Ott St. and 100 E. Duffy St. SW corner Park Ave. and Ott St. 775 E. Park Ave.
213 E. Bolton St.
606 Drayton St.
100 E. Duffy St. see 1102 Ott St.
517-519 E. Duffy St.
1010-1012 E. Henry St.
635 Maupas Ave.
914 Maupas Ave.
1102 Ott St. and 100 E. Duffy St.
SW Corner Park Ave. and Ott St.
775 E. Park Ave.
 

Series 5: Order Books and Index List

OS

1Order book, 1952-1962

OS

2Order book, 1962-1969

Box

147Order Books
1969-1972
1972-1976
1976-1983
1983-1992
Index Lists
1992-1998
Open cases no policies issued, 1995-1996

Box

148Order book, 1969-1986
 
Name Index

Box

149A-Buzby

Box

150B & V X-ray-Dukes

Box

151Dulaney-Hancock

Box

152Hand-Kenreich

Box

153Kein-Meguior

Box

154Miller-Punzel

Box

155Purcell-Shaver

Box

156Shaw-Ur

Box

157Urban Builders of Savannah-Z