Recorder’s Duties & Responsibilities
As your County Recorder, it is my duty to ensure that all documents presented in my office are filed accurately and in a timely manner. Whether it be the deed to your farm, the mortgage to your home, the oil and gas lease you signed, or your military discharge (DD-214), it is my honor to be the steward of over 220 years of county land records.
County Recorders have the vital task of keeping the essential records relating to real estate ownership and to all encumbrances upon it. Without the work of the Recorder in recording, safekeeping, and organizing all documents in a logistical manner, it would be nearly impossible to purchase land and be assured of a clear title or to lend money with land as security.
The County Recorder keeps and maintains accurate land records that are current, legible, and accessible. An important aspect of the Recorder’s work is to index each document so that it may be easily located. Accurate indexing makes it possible for individuals searching land records to find necessary documents to establish a “chain of title” (history of ownership). This ensures that any debts or encumbrances against the property are evident. These invaluable records are utilized by historians, genealogists, land abstractors, attorneys, and the general public. It is my goal to continue expanding on the office’s accessibility and technological abilities with the ultimate result of having Belmont County’s land records completely online.
If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office and we will be happy to help. We will not perform any title searches, but will be available to explain how our records are organized.
It is truly an honor to serve the residents of Belmont County as your Recorder. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Jason A. Garczyk