In the beginning, deeds books not only contained deeds but also mortgages, releases, mechanic liens, leases, power of attorney, partnerships, veteran discharges and other miscellaneous records until they were written in separate unique books.

When separate mortgage books began in 1823 with book #20, book #21 was made primarily a deed book. From that point on, as the books were filled, the next number was assigned to either deeds or mortgages depending on which was filled first. This continued until book #239. From that number onward, there is a deed book and mortgage book with the same number.

1851 to 1859 (Deed Books #153 through #854)

Deed books indexed in indexes #5 and #6:

153-155, 158, 159, 162, 163, 165, 166, 168, 169, 171, 173, 175, 176, 178, 179, 181, 186, 187, 195, 197-199, 200, 202, 205, 206, 208, 209, 212, 214, 218, 219, 220, 223, 224, 228, 231, 235, 236, 239, 245-248, 250, 251

Deed books not indexed: 156, 157, 182, 185, 189, 190-192, 201, 211, 216, 227, 232, 233, 237, 240-244, 249

1859 to 1864 (Deed Books #252 through #290)

Deed books indexed in index #7: 252-254, 256, 257, 271, 275, 276, 281, 283, 284, 288-290

Deed books not indexed: 255, 258-270, 272-274, 277-280, 282, 285-287

1864 to 1903 (Deed Books #291 through #854)

Years Index # Books Indexed Books not indexed
1864 to 1867 8 pt.1 293 - 333 291, 292, 319, 321, 333
1867 to 1869 8 pt.2 334-38,340-354,357-70 339, 355, 356
1869 to 1873 9 371-382, 384-391, 393-409 383 and 392
1873 to 1876 10 410 - 449  
1876 to 1878 11 450 - 458, 461 - 489 459 and 460
1878 to 1882 12 490 - 506, 508 - 514 507 and 515
1882 to 1884 13 530 - 569  
1884 to 1886 14 570 - 609  
1886 to 1888 15 610 - 649  
1888 to 1890 16 650 - 689  
1890 to 1892 17 690 - 729  
1892 to 1894 18 730 - 769  
1894 to 1898 19 770 - 826  
1898 to 1900 20 827 - 850  
1900 to 1903 21 851 - 890  
1903 to 1904 21A 891 - 900  

Deed indexes #7 part 1, #8, #7 part 2 are available on the Deed Indexes #5 to #21A (1851-1903) webpage.

Indexes #1 through #8 are available online at the Hamilton County Genealogical Society website.

Indexes #5 through #21a at the FamilySearch.org website :-).

Deed books #153 through #476, #667 through #697, #699 through #852 are available from the main search page on this website under the “Document Images” drop-down menu.

Books #153 to #900 and indexes 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.
  • Family History Library of the LDS Church, in Salt Lake City Utah (Only books #153 to #477 on microfilm).

Deed books #477 to #854 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
Deeds, vol 477, 1877
. . . through . . .
Deeds, vol 854, 1900-1901

click on the one of interest


Reference

More information on deed records can be found on page 68 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