The will of George H. Hermann passed property from his estate to the City of Houston. Some of the transfers, included clauses like the following,

in the city of Houston, Harris County, Texas, for the benefit of the poor, indigent and infirm residents of the City of Houston all of

This excerpt is in Gredig v. Sterling, 47 F.2d 832 (5th Cir. 1931). Where can I find the will unabridged so I can see what restrictive covenants it places it on other properties devised to the city?

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    I would expect any restrictive covenant on real estate to be recorded. I start at the GIS/tax office to identify the plat numbers, then I go next door to the Register of Deeds and ask for everything related to that plat number. Your state may vary but probably not by a lot. The tax plat data may be online (but the online UX generally expects a mailing/street address; I deal with a lot of plats without that so I have to talk to GIS). The deeds will usually not be online - it's bulky, rarely asked for, and it being online would invite trouble. Jun 21 at 21:40
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    @Harper-ReinstateMonica Not far from the mark, but the real estate records won't be organized by plat number. They will be organized in a grantor-grantee index that you have to work back on step at a time. Often people hire title companies to gather them up for them, or hire members of an independent paralegal profession called "land men" when do the same thing.
    – ohwilleke
    Jun 21 at 22:48


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