The office of Recorder was the first office established by the constitution of the State of Indiana in 1816.
The United States Constitution provides every individual the freedom and right to own property in their own name. That freedom is protected by the County Recorder as it is our responsibility to maintain permanent public records of legal instruments involving real estate , deeds, mortgages, liens, leases, plats, military discharges, personal bonds and several others.
All of these instruments are recorded for safekeeping and future reference and for giving legal notice of their existence. Storage methods to record these documents include paper, microfilm and digital storage.
The recorder of deeds provides a single location in which records of real property rights are recorded and may be researched by interested parties.
County Commission on Public Records
The Recorder is a member of the county commission on public records, which has authority over the preservation or disposition of all public records maintained by the county.