FREEHOLD, NJ  - Joseph Grabas, a leading expert in historical land title research, will discuss and explain the history of property ownership and land transfers in Monmouth County at a meeting Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the county clerk’s office. The office is located on the second floor of the county building at 33 Mechanic St., and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Grabas, who is also a member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and a visiting lecturer at Monmouth University, is the author of the recently released book, Owning New Jersey: Historic Tales of War, Property Disputes and the Pursuit of Happiness.

He has searched, examined and or insured more than 100,000 land titles in both every county of New Jersey as well as four other states over the past four decades, and is designated as both a National and Certified Title Professional by national and state organizations.

The lecturer has pioneered the field in interpretive land records research and has been qualified as an expert in land title and real estate matters by the Superior Court, providing testimony in various title litigations.  Certified by the NJ Dept of Banking & Insurance as a Title Instructor and authorized to teach continuing education to insurance producers, realtors and lawyers, Grabas also serves on the NJ Tidelands Resource Council.

In his talk on April 22, Grabas will show how the Wild West began at the Jersey shoreline in the 17th century, highlighting the complex cacophony of land transfers, settlements, disputes, riots and border wars and other activities which extricated Native Americans from their rights in the Garden State. His talk will trace land transactions through the end of the 19th century as he gives tales of silk barons, and braggarts, slaves and maidens, dukes and common men whose stories are all woven into the history of land ownership in New Jersey.

Grabas as will also have copies of his book available for purchase and autographs.

There is no fee for the presentation.