1794 to 1823

Before 1823, Mortgage Releases were recorded on the mortgages which were recorded in Deed Books A to W2. These mortgages are indexed in the 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 available on microfilm at the following locations:

  • Recorder’s Office, 138 East Court St., downtown Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati History Library and Archives, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.
  • Family History Libraries of the LDS Church, on rental, worldwide, see FamilySearch.org

1823 to 1843

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

  • Recorder’s Office, see above
  • Cincinnati History Library and Archives, see above

1843 to 1892

Mortgage releases were recorded in Mortgage Books #93 to #630, none of which are indexed. Mechanic Lien Releases were recorded in Mechanic Lien Books #1 to #17, none of which are indexed. The mortgage Books up to #630 and lien books #1 to #17 are available online at FamilySearch.org (see directions below) and the mortgage and Lien books are available on microfilm at:

  • Recorder’s Office, see above

1892 to 1905

Release documents were recorded in Release Book #1. The name of the debtor and the one that he owed is indexed in the Release-of-Mortgage Index, which is available online at FamilySearch.org (see directions below) and available on microfilm at:

  • Recorder’s Office, see above

1892 to 1949

Mortgage Release Books #1 and #2, and the index for 1892 to 1905, 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 mortgage release 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

Mortgage release index, 1892-1905
Mortgage releases, vol 1, 1892-1949
Mortgage releases, vol 2 (retakes), 1892-1949
Mortgage releases, vol 2, 1892-1949

Click on the book of interest.

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

1905 to 1988

Releases were recorded in Release Books #2 to 490. Books 2-295 are only indexed in the rear of each book. After 1978, releases were recorded in Release Books 296 to 490. There are no indexes for these books. These books are only available on microfilm at the Recorder’s Office.


Reference

More information on mortgage records can be found on page 116 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