Our office is responsible for the secure maintenance of all land records pertaining to ownership as well as all encumbrances or liens on the land. All records are accurately indexed so as to be readily accessible for persons searching land records in order to establish a chain of title. These records are utilized by the general public, attorneys, land title examiners, historians, and genealogists.

Land Records
The Recorder's Office contains the legal documents pertaining to the ownership of land located in Ashtabula County. Dating from 1795, the records reflect the birth of Ashtabula County and the growth of Ashtabula County. These records are vital to the work of land title examiners, attorneys, surveyors, and genealogists. Additionally, the Recorder's duty to safeguard these records is valuable to all citizens who own real estate within Ashtabula County.

Record Keeping
The duties of the County Recorder are very explicit under Ohio law. The Recorder is not authorized to prepare legal documents or to perform title examinations. Rather, the Recorder is responsible for maintaining specific documents in a permanent, secure, and easily-accessible manner for public use.

Deeds, mortgages, easements, leases, land contracts, and certain types of liens are the primary records located in the Ashtabula County Recorder's Office. Other categories include military discharges, partnership certificates, powers of attorney, and subdivision maps.

New & Old
A visit to the Ashtabula County Recorder's Office offers an interesting blend of the old and the new.  The walls of the research room are lined with tiers of leather books in canvas covers. Delicate handwriting on parchment paper, the proceedings of the Connecticut Land Company, and Civil War discharges await the history-minded individual. Yet, the newest technology in computer indexing and imaging is in place to locate and preserve today's real estate transactions.

Message From Barbara
The top priority of the Ashtabula County Recorder's Office is to provide efficient service. All telephone calls receive the personal touch, and walk-in customers are assisted by knowledgeable members of the office team. My staff and I welcome the opportunity to assist you. Please contact us today with your comments or questions.