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.

Deed Books are indexed in separate index books that list the surname and first name of the Grantor (from) in the first two columns, then the deed book letter or number and the page in the book in the next two columns.

In columns five and six, a separate “reverse” index, that is, by Grantee (to), surname and first names, then deed book letter or number and the page in the book in the last two columns.

The entire index books are separated into 26 sections, A - Z, by the first letter of the Grantor surname (or Grantee surname in column 5). The order of the names is as that letter of the alphabet occurs in each book, that is, page number order. Therefore, to find a particular Grantor (or Grantee) you must read through ALL the surnames beginning with the same letter of the surname of interest.

Indexes #5, #6, #7 part 1, #8, and #7 part 2 (by buyers surname) have been transcribed by local volunteers. Click on a link below for full alphabetic index of buyer (grantee) surname and estimated year deed was recorded.

Look for the paragraph which begins “Finding Aid 1844-1869” on the Hamilton County Genealogical Society website Deed Indexes page. Click on a letter link below to view index pages by surname first letter. The left half of the page has name of seller, then buyer. The right half of the page has name of buyer, then seller

Jump to Index:

  Ind #5 Ind #6 Ind #7p1 Ind #8 Ind #7p2 Ind #9 Ind #10 Ind #11 Ind #12 Top
Ind #13 Ind #14 Ind #15 Ind #16 Ind #17 Ind #18 Ind #19 Ind #20 Ind #21 Ind #21A Bottom

1851 to 1854 (Deed Books 153 through 199)

Deed books indexed in index #5: 153-155, 158, 159, 162, 163, 165, 166, 168, 169, 171, 173, 175, 176, 178, 179, 181, 186, 187, 195, 197-19 9

Deed books not indexed: 156, 157, 182, 185, 189, 190-192

1854 to 1859 (Deed Books 200 through 251)

Deed books indexed in index #6: 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: 201, 211, 216, 227, 232, 233, 237, 240-244, 249

1859 to 1864 (Deed Books 252 through 290)

Deed books indexed in index #7 part 1 (first half): 252-254, 256, 257, 271, 275, 276, 281, 283, 284, 288-29 0

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

1864 to 1867 (Deed Books 291 through 332)

Deed books indexed in index #8: 293 to 311, 313-318, 320, 322-33 2

Deed books not indexed: 291, 292, 312, 319, 321, 333

1867 to 1869 (Deed Books 333 through 370)

Deed books indexed in index #7 part 2 (second half): 334-338, 340-354, 356-37 0

Deed books not indexed: 339 and 355

1869 to 1873 (Deed Books 371 through 409)

Deed books indexed in index #9: 371-382, 384-391, 393-40 9

Deed books not indexed: 383 and 392

1873 to 1876 (Deed Books 410 through 449)

Deed books indexed in index #10: 410 - 449

1876 to 1878 (Deed Books 450 through 489)

Only books 450 to 475 are online at Recorder’s Office, 450 to 489 can be seen at Family Search Website.

Deed books indexed in index #11: 450-458, 461-48 9

Deed books not indexed: 459 and 460

1878 to 1882 (Deed Books 490 through 529)

Books 490 to 529 can be seen at Family Search Website.

Deed books indexed in index #12: 490-506, 508-52 9

Deed books not indexed: 507 and 515

1882 to 1884 (Index #13 for Deed Books 530 through 569)

Books 530 to 569 can be seen at Family Search Website.

1869 to 1873 (Index #14 for Deed Books 570 through 609)

Books 570 to 609 can be seen at Family Search Website.

1886 to 1888 (Index #15 for Deed Books 610 through 649)

Books 610 to 649 can be seen at Family Search Website.

1888 to 1890 (Index #16 for Deed Books 650 through 689)

Books 650 to 689 can be seen at Family Search Website.

1890 to 1892 (Index #17 for Deed Books 690 through 729)

Books 690 to 729 can be seen at Family Search Website.

1892 to 1894 (Index #18 for Deed Books 730 through 769)

Books 730 to 769 can be seen at Family Search Website.

1894 to 1898 (Index #19 for Deed Books 770 through 826)

Books 770 to 826 can be seen at Family Search Website.

1894 to 1900 (Index #20 for Deed Books 827 through 850)

Books 827 to 850 can be seen at Family Search Website.

1900 to 1903 (Index #21 for Deed Books 851 through 890)

Books 851 to 854 can be seen at Family Search Website.

1903 to 1904 (Index #21A for Deed Books 891 through 900)

Not yet available.


Deed books #153 through #475 are available from the Deed Book Document Image Search page on this website under the “Document Images” drop-down menu from the main search page.

Deed books #153 to #854 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 on the Family Search Website.


Reference

More information on deed book indexes 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