Local Government Records

Collection ID: LG-MF
Location: LG-MF

(Description ID: 594142)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum

Ottawa County, Ohio Recorder's Office


Agency History
Scope and Content

The records of the Ottawa County, Ohio Recorder were microfilmed by the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. The microfilm is located in the Library Reading Room.

Agency History
The Office of the County Recorder was modeled after the public land registers of the colonial period. It was established in what is today Ohio during the state's territorial period. Its principal function was the recording of property deeds, mortgages, and "conveyances of lands and tenements." Since 1829, each county recorder has been elected by county residents rather than appointed by the governor of the state. Today, soldiers' discharges, powers of attorney, mechanics' liens, oil and gas leases, fence partitions, partnership agreements, and chattel mortgages are also recorded in each county's Recorder's Office.

Scope and Content
The collection, although incomplete, contains three rolls of microfilm with copies of some of Ottawa County's earliest deed records. In addition to the deed records, two of the three rolls (#41, #64) contain records from the Ottawa County Auditor's Office.

Ac. 5483

1. Roll #41: Deed Records, 1840-1846 (also contains official bonds, 1840-1885, and transfer records
    (1866-1870) from the Auditor's Office).
2. Roll #44: Index to Deeds, n.d.
3. Roll #64: Register of Conveyances and Deeds, 1840-1845 (also contains school land records, 
    1846- 1875, and school reports, 1840-1866, from the Auditor's Office).

Ac. 5514

1. Soldier’s Discharge Record, Vol. O, June 19, 1865-Dec. 16, 1912.