Records in Putnam County date back to the mid 1800’s, and it is our responsibility to be the custodians of these public records. Submitted documents are scanned and microfilmed by the most modern methods available to maintain safe keeping and replication at any time.

The recorder is charged with the accuracy and safekeeping of public records.

Our process

In Ohio the County Recorder who is tasked with keeping the vital records pertaining to ownership in real estate (land) and to all encumbrances or liens upon it. An important aspect of the Recorder’s office is to index each document so it may be readily located. Accurate indexing makes it possible for persons searching land records to find the documents necessary to establish a “chain of title” (history of ownership) and ensures that any debts or encumbrances against the property are evident. These invaluable records are utilized by the general public, attorneys, historians, genealogists and land title examiners.

The duties and authority of the Putnam County Recorder are established in the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 317.

Lori Rayle

Putnam County Recorder