In 1803, the Ohio General Assembly moved to retain the office of recorder, perpetuating the recorder’s functions which began in the Northwest Territory during the 1790s.  Initially appointed by the associate judges of the common pleas court, the county recorder became an elective position in 1829.  Since 1936, the record has served a four year term.  

The county recorder’s primary responsibility is the recording of all deeds, mortgages, and conveyances of lands and buildings lying within the county.  In addition, all maps and plats of newly laid out villages are recorded and all records from other counties concerning land sales or conveyances which affect titles in the county are transcribed.  Other duties assigned to the county recorder include the recording of powers of attorney, mechanics’ liens, soldiers’ discharges, leases, and financing statements.  The recorder also serves as member on the county date processing board and county records commission.  


   Cash Book and Record of Fees      (1878-1958)  
   Corporation Records (Articles of Incorporation)      (1851-1891)  
   Daily Registers of Deeds      (1896-1968)  
   Daily Registers of Leases, Contracts, etc.      (1925-1935)  
   Daily Registers of Mortgages      (1896-1968)  
   Financing Statements (Chattel Mortgages)      (1908-1962)  
   Index to Deeds (1875-1994)
   Index to Liens    (1929-1963) 
   Index to Federal Tax Liens    (1950-1963) 
   Index to Miscellaneous Records (1960-1994)
   Index to Mortgages (1944-1994)
   Mechanics’ Lien Records      (1856-1893)  
   Partnership and Traders Records      (1884-1885)  
   Personal Tax Lien Records      (1896-1990)  
   Plat Books      (1816-2020)  
   Register of Conveyances      (1862-1976)  
   Release of Mortgages Record      (1891-1955)  
   Veterans' Burial Records     (1820-2011)