Every state has an office that handles the recording of land records. The name of the office varies by state: Recorder - Auditor - County Clerk - Register of Deeds and so forth, but the types of documents recorded are similar and include deeds, mortgage documents, liens, plats, surveys, powers of attorney and easements.
Some states offer online access to these recorded documents; this access may be free or fees may be involved. Where online searching is available, one usually may search by name, type of document, and date. Results may include a summary of the document or an actual image of the document.
Other states do not have online search capabilities. For these states, information must be obtained by written request, in person, or by phone.
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