Title search is interesting. Even in modern times it gets muddy. Where I live is Golden Gate Estates in Naples, FL. Back in the 1960s, the area was developed by a pair of brothers, who then sold and resold the SAME pieces of property over and over and over again.
“I got a piece of swampland to sell you” – you know that one? Where I live is where that joke came from.
So, Title search became a big thing here because there were thousands of pieces of property with unclear/muddy titles.