If you've never used deeds as part of your genealogical research, you may be missing out on a gold mine. In Hamilton County, searching for an ancestor's deed usually required you to go through several cumbersome steps that would then need to be followed up with a visit to the Recorders Office or the Cincinnati History Library and Archives.
Information on these Hamilton County Recorder Deed Surname Indexes can be found on our website. If you missed the opportunity to participate in Education Director Liz Stratton's Land Classes, you may want to refer to the December 2014 Tracer for an excellent explanation of how to best utilize these records (pp. 116-121).
The task is becoming much easier due to the efforts of Director-at-Large, Jim Dempsey, to digitize the deed surname indexes.This has received full support from Hamilton County Recorder, Wayne Coates, and Chief of Staff, Dave Pittinger. Since the original indexes are only by first letter of a surname, several HCGS members have volunteered to transcribe these indexes into Excel files so the indexes can be made completely alphabetical. This effort will continue throughout 2015. Indexes for 1859-1869 are already available.