1794 to 1848

Leases were recorded in Deed Books A to W2 (1794-1823) and #21 to #140. Leases were indexed in the Deed Book Indexes, #1 to #4. See the pages about Deed Books and Deed Book Indexes before 1848 for details on which books were indexed. The Deed Books up to #140 are 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.

1848 to 1851

Leases were recorded Lease Books #1 to #4. These books have no indexes. These books and indexes are available on microfilm at the following location:

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

1851 to 1901

Leases were recorded in Lease Books #5 to #122. These books are indexed in three books, Lease Index 1851-1874, Lease Index 1874-1898 and Lease Index 1898-1901. These books and indexes are available on microfilm at the following location:

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

Lease Books #1 to #122 are available from the main search page on this website under the “Document Images” drop-down menu.

Lease Books #1 to #122 and the indexes for Books #5 to #122 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 deed 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

Lease index, vol 1, 1858-1901
Lease index, vol 2, 1858-1901
Lease index, vol 3, 1858-1901
Leases, vol 1, 1847-1849
. . . through . . .
Leases, vol 122, 1901-1902

Click on the book of interest.

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

1901 to 1988

Leases were recorded in Lease Books #123 to #359. Books #123 to #213 are only indexed in the rear of each book. Books #214 to #315 are indexed in three books, Lease Indexes 1931 to 1949, Lease Indexes 1949 to 1955, Lease Indexes 1955 to 1971. From 1971 to 1979, leases were recorded in books #316 to #338 and were indexed in the rear of each book. After 1979, leases were recorded in lease books #339 to #359. There are no indexes for these books. These books are only available on microfilm at the Recorder’s Office.


Reference

More information on lease records can be found on page 77 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