Functions of the Ohio Recorders
The county recorder makes a complete, accurate and permanent record of every document pertaining to the conveyance and encumbrance of land within the county. Enforcing over 1000 sections of the Ohio Revised Code, the recorder takes great care to ensure that every document received is accurately filed, recorded and indexed. The county recorder serves on the county’s Records Commission, Automatic Data Processing Board*, and County Microfilm & Imaging Board*.
The practice of recording real estate documents is based on law in England which traveled to the New World with the colonists. Public land registrars were appointed in colonial America to keep accurate records. When the Northwest Territory was formed in 1787, a Recorder’s Office was established in each county. In 1829 the office became an elective position and in 1936 the term was established at four years.
*Optional boards established by the County Commissioners in accordance with state law.