Hamilton County Deed Books 21 through 4414 (1823 to 1988)


Descriptions of deed books #21 to 476 and indexes is on the Recorder's Historic Records page.


Surname indexes for deed books 21 through 370 are at Hamilton County Genealogical Society website's Hamilton County Deed Index pages.


Additional information on Hamilton County property records can be found at the Hamilton County Genealogical Society website's Land Records pages.


In the beginning, deed books also contained mortgages, releases, mechanic liens, leases, power of attorney, partnerships, veteran discharges, etc. An index for non-deed records in deed books is called Sundries Index #1. It is available online at the Hamilton County Genealogical Society's webpage.

Quality of images

Over 80,000 pages are in deed books 21 to 237. Those online as of Jan. 2017 were processed with uniform image enhancement settings. As time permits, all pages will be reviewed. Those of poor quality will be individually enhanced to provide the best image possible.


A disastrous Court House fire in March 1884 damaged most county books. Information in the damaged books was painstakingly copied into new books in the exact same form as the original. These appear as if a modern photocopy machine was used. Those pages damaged or totally destroyed are indicated in this linked PDF file.

Deed Book Numbering

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.

Page Numbering

Many of the books were photographed with the left and right hand pages together. Therefore by entering a page number from the indexes, the pages shown in the display window will be pages numbered about twice the value of the page you want to view.


So, to get close to the page desired, enter a "page" number that is one half the value of the page that is desired. For example, to see page 100, image = 100/2 = 50, plus 1 (for title page) = 51. Therefore, enter a "page" number of 51 and use the previous page or next page arrows in the page display window to get to the page you want.


Revised: 8 January 2017