YOUNGSTOWN Land records on Web

Mahoning County records go back only to 1985.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County residents' access to their property records are now only a mouse click away.
The county recorder's office has made some records available via the Internet at
Maintained and operated by Affiliated Computer Services of Dallas, is a land records search site that offers visitors access to records of several counties in Ohio and other states, said Recorder Ron Gerberry.
The records are free in Ohio, but searches for property in some other states requires a fee.
"There is more work to be accomplished, but the recorder's office has now progressed to the next level of technology," Gerberry said.
He said a computer search can only find records for Mahoning County land transfers back to 1985. That's when the county started computerizing its records instead of keeping them in handwritten books.
"You can go onto that Web site and look at every instrument that's been recorded in this office since that time," Gerberry said.
Still at courthouse
Records before 1985 still must be looked up at the courthouse.
Visitors can print out a copy of their property deed on their home computer, Gerberry said. Certified copies still must be obtained in the recorder's office at the courthouse, however.
Once a visitor selects the county in which he or she wishes to search, the search can be conducted by the owner's name, by address, or by instrument number.
There will be an open house and demonstration of the Web site at the recorder's office, on the first floor of the courthouse, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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