Recorder's Office

Colleen Wheatley

Guernsey County Recorder

What does a Recorder do?….

In Ohio it is the County Recorder who has the important and indispensable task of keeping the vital records pertaining to ownership in real estate (land) and to all encumbrances or liens upon it. Without the work of the County Recorder in recording, safekeeping and organizing all documents in a competent and logical 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 Practice of Recording real estate documents is based on law in England which traveled to the New World with the colonists. Public land registrars were appointed in colonial America to keep accurate records. a system of registration was necessary to prove the rights of persons who first made claims to property.

Today the County Recorder keeps and maintains accurate lang records that are current, legible and easily accessible. An important aspect of the Recorder’s work 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 ar evident. These invaluable records are utilized by the general public, attorneys, historians, genealogist, and land title examiners.

Contact Information

Office Hours: 
Monday – Friday 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Phone: 740-432-9275
Fax: 740-439-6267