1794 to 1823

Mechanic Liens were recorded in Deed Books A to W2 (1794 - 1823) and names in the liens were indexed in Deed Book Indexes, #1 and #2. See the pages about Deed Books and Deed Book Indexes before 1823 for details on which books were indexed. The Deed Books up to W2 are only available on microfilm at the following locations:

  • Recorder’s Office, 138 East Court St., second floor, room 205, downtown Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati History Library and Archives, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.,scheduled to reopen in 2018.

1823 to 1843

Between 1823 and 1843, mechanic liens were recorded in Mortgage Books #20 to #90. There are no direct indexes to these books. The mortgage Books up to #90 are available on the internet at FamilySearch.org (see directions below) and on microfilm at the following locations:

  • Recorder’s Office, 138 East Court St., second floor, room 205, downtown Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati History Library and Archives, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.,scheduled to reopen in 2018.

1843 to 1847

Mechanic Liens were recorded in Mechanic Lien Book #1 which is indexed at the rear of the book. This book is available on the internet at FamilySearch.org (see directions below) and is available on microfilm at:

  • Recorder’s Office, 138 East Court St., second floor, room 205, downtown Cincinnati

1847 to 1903

Mechanic liens were recorded in Mechanic Lien Books #2 to #21. There is no direct index to these books. These books are available on the internet at FamilySearch.org (see directions below) and is available on microfilm at:

  • Recorder’s Office, 138 East Court St., second floor, room 205, downtown Cincinnati

1843 to 1903

Mechanic Lien Books #1 to #21 are available from the main search page on this website under the “Document Images” drop-down menu.

Mechanic Lien Books #1 to #21 are available online at the FamilySearch.org website :-).

The Family Search collection covers many types of Hamilton County Records. Halfway down the FamilySearch.org website :-), below “View Images in this Collection”, click on the link which reads: “Browse through 1,5xx,xxx images”. On the next webpage is a short list of record types, for the mechanic lien books, click on “Land and property records”.

On the right side is a scroll bar which you can use to go through the list to the link listed here:

Record Type, Volume, and Year Range

Mechanic liens, vol 1 (and 2), 1843-1847
Mechanic liens, vol 3 (and 4), 1849-1856
Mechanic liens, vol 5 (and 6), 1856-1868
Mechanic liens, vol 7 (and 8), 1864-1869
Mechanic liens, vol 9 (and 10), 1869-1874
Mechanic liens, vol 11 (and 12), 1874-1878
Mechanic liens, vol 13 (and 14), 1878-1885
Mechanic liens, vol 15 (and 16), 1885-1891
Mechanic liens, vol 17 (and 18), 1850-1894
Mechanic liens, vol 19 (and 20), 1852-1900
Mechanic liens, vol 21, 1895-1903

Click on the book of interest.

Please note, these images are exact copies of book pages on microfilm.

1903 to 1988

Liens were recorded in Mechanic Lien Books #22 to #97. Books #22 to #87 are only indexed in the rear of each book. After 1978, leases were recorded in Lien books #88 to #97. There are no indexes for these books. These books are only available on microfilm at the Recorder’s Office.


Reference

More information on lien records can be found on page 110 of this book:

Hamilton County, Ohio, Guide to Recorder’s indexes and Documents 1794-1988, by William H. Graver (2003), Little Miami Publishing, Milford Ohio.

Copies are available at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St. Cincinnati Ohio