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Hamilton County Deed Indexes

 
Deed Book GRANTEE/GRANTOR (SURNAME) ORIGINAL Recorder Office INDEXES 1794-1903
For more information on land records see:
Deed Books are indexed in separate index books that list the surname and first name of the Grantor (from=seller) and the Grantee (to=buyer) in the first 2 columns, then the deed book letter or number and the page in the book in the next 2 columns. In columns 5 and 6, a separate "reverse" index, that is, by Grantee (to) and Grantor (from) surnames and first names, then deed book letter or number and the page in the book in the last 2 columns. The original 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 the 1st letter of the surname occurred 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 1st letter of the surname of interest. Access to the original indexes, 1 through 8, are further down this webpage.
 
BUYER SURNAME, TOTAL ALPHABETIC Finding Aid indexes,  1794 to 1869
 
The deed book and page are given which then can be used to look up the document at the Recorder's Office. As of June 2018, the deed books A to W2 and 21 through 400 have been digitized and are online and can be accessed from the new (6/1/18) Recorder's Office search page. On that page, the top right corner has a "Document Images" drop-down menu. On the menu look for 'Deed Books' or "Deeds A-W2" in the list. For deeds A through W2, detailed information is in this help file. For deeds 21 through 4144, detailed information is in this help file.
 
Finding Aid 1794 to 1836: Deed books A to W2 and 21 to 56. Also now includes deed books A, M1, O, R2, S, 25 and 34. Original indexes 1 & 2 (by buyers surname) has been transcribed by HCGS volunteers. Page numbers have been double checked, but only some surname spelling has been verified indicated by a complete date in the date column. Click on a link below for full alphabetic index of 25,000+ buyer (grantee) surnames.  Use the book(s) and page number(s) found for the surname of interest. To find the buyer (grantee -- 3rd surname column on the page) and seller full name in the original index, see the original index pages in the section below. These aids are every-word searchable (ctrl-F).
 
indexes 1 and 2 (1794-1836) for deed books A to W2 and 21 through 56, arranged by 1st letter of surname or organization:
 
                A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J    K    L    M    N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   XYZ
 
Finding Aid 1836 to 1844: Deed books 58 through 99. Original index 3 (buyers surname) has been transcribed by HCGS volunteers. Page numbers have been double checked, but only some surname spelling has been verified indicate by a complete date in the date column. Click on a link below for full alphabetic index of 14,600 buyer (grantee) surnames.  Use the book(s) and page number(s) found for the surname of interest. To find the buyer (grantee -- 3rd surname column on the page) and seller full names in the original index, see the original index pages in the section below. Because spelling varied so much in the 1820s and 1830s, questionable spelling is indicated with a ? after the names. The ? names will be checked as time permits. These finding aids are every-word searchable (ctrl-F).
 
    index 3 (1836-1844):     A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  XYZ
 
Finding Aid 1844-1869: deed books 100 through 370. Original indexes 4, 5, 6, 7.1, 8, 7.2 have been transcribed and enhanced by HCGS volunteers. These are total alphabetic deed or document index by buyers' surname, then by first name ( if available). As the project progressed, many first names have been added and some actual deeds reviewed for spelling errors in the original indexes. Also, in the 1840's, when a non-deed document was recorded, the document type was indicated, although abbreviated in most cases. Click on a link below for full alphabetic index of over 80,000 buyer (grantee) surnames and estimated year deed was recorded.  Page numbers have been doubled checked, but only some surname spelling has been verified. These aids are every-word searchable PDF files (ctrl-F).
 
    A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J    K    L    M    N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X  Y  Z
 
ORIGINAL GRANTEE (buyer) and GRANTOR (seller) Recorder Office SURNAME INDEXES 1794-1903
 
Note: original Indexes 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8 are available here. In all index sets, for surnames begining with letters B, C, H, M, S and W, the index files are large (3-4mb.) so will take time to load.
 
INDEXES 1 & 2 to Deed Books B1 to W2 and 21 to 56 (1789-1836, all of these deeds are online at Recorder's Office)
Index 1&2 contains entries for deed books: B1,C,D1,D2,E1,E2. G,H,I,J,K,L,N,Q,R1,T,U,V1,V2,W1,W2,
21,22,24,26,28, 29,30,32,35,38,39,41,42,43,44,46,47,49,50,52,53,55,56
Books A,F1,F2,O,P,25,33,34 were not indexed
Books M1, R2 and S were indexed individually.  Access these books here:    M1    R2    S
 Click on a link below to view index pages by surname first letter
 (Note: seller (grantor) names on left side of page, buyer (grantee) on right side)
 
  Letter B surnames:   Books B1 thru V2           Books W1 thru 32           Books 35 thru 56
  Letter S surnames:   Books B1 thru W2          Books 21 thru 44             Books 46 thru 56
 
  Index 1 (books B1 thru 26) only:
            C                         H                 L   M              P                                 W
  Index 2 (books 28 thru 56) only
            C                         H                 L   M              P                                 W
  Index 1 and 2  (books B1 thru 56)
  A              D   E   F   G        I    J    K              N   O        Q   R        T   U   V        XYZ
 
INDEXES 3 & 4 to Deed Books 58 through 151 (1836-1851, all of these deeds are online at Recorder's Office)
Indexes 3&4 contain entries for deed books: 58,61,52,64,67,70-73, 75,84,85,87,91-94,96,97,99,100,101,104,105,107,108,109,112,114, 115,116,117,119,120,125,127,128,130,133,136-7,139,142,151
Books 59,65,68,76,78,79,81,82,85,88,102,111,122,123, 129,134,138,143,145,146,148,150 were not indexed
 Click on a link below to view index pages by surname first letter. An asterisk means large file. (Note: some are not yet available)
  Index 3 and 4, Grantor  (seller)   to   Grantee (buyer) only:        C*    H*    L*    S    W*
  Index 3 and 4, Grantee (buyer) from Grantor  (seller) only:        C*    H*    L*    S    W*
  Index 3 only, books   58 thru  99,  Grantor  (seller)   to   Grantee (buyer) - left side of pages and
  Index 3 only, books   58 thru  99,  Grantee (buyer) from Grantor  (seller) - right side of pages:   B*
  Index 4 only, books 100 thru 151, Grantor  (seller)   to   Grantee (buyer) only:    B*    M*
  Index 4 only, books 100 thru 151, Grantee (buyer) from Grantor  (seller) only:   B*    M*
 
  Index 3 and 4, Grantor (seller) to Grantee (buyer) and Grantee (buyer) from Grantor (seller) together:
  A           D*   E   F*   G*       I_J*    K            N   O   P*   Q   R*        T*   U   V        XYZ
 
INDEXES to 5 & 6 to Deed Books 153 through 251 (1850-1859, all of these deeds are online at Recorder's Office)
Index 5&6 contains entries for deed books: 153-5,158-9,162-3,165-6, 168-9,171,173,175-6,178-9,181,186-7,195,197-9,200,202,205,206, 208,209,212,214,218,219,220,223-4,228,231,235-6,239,245-8,250-1
Books 156,157,182,185,189,190-92,201,211,216,227, 232,233,237,240-44,249 were not indexed
 Click on a link below to view index pages by surname first letter (Note: some are not yet available)
  Index 5 only (books 153 thru 199):
          B   C                  G   H           K   L   M                        R   S                  W
  Index 6 only (books 200 thru 251):
          B   C                  G   H           K   L   M                        R   S                  W
  Index 5 and 6 (books 153 thru 251):
   A               D   E   F             I   J                  N   O   P   Q             T   U   V         XYZ
 
INDEX  7 to Deed Books 252 through 290* (1859-1864, all of these deeds are online at Recorder's Office)
Index  7 part 1 (first half) contains entries for deed books: 252-4, 256-7, 271, 275-6, 281, 283-4 and 288-290.
Books 255, 258-70, 272-74, 277-80, 282, 285-87 were not indexed
Click on a link below to view index pages by surname first letter.
 
A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J    K    L    M    N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   XYZ
 
INDEX 8 to Deed Books 291 through 332* (1864-1867, all of these deeds are online at Recorder's Office)
Index  8 contains entries for deed books: 293 to 311, 313-318, 320, 322-332
Books 291, 292, 312, 319, 321, 333 were not indexed
Click on a link below to view index pages by surname first letter.
 
A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J    K    L    M    N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V    W   XYZ
 
INDEX 7 to Deed Books 334 through 370 (1867-1869, all of these deeds are online at Recorder's Office)
Index  7 part 2 (second half) contains entries for deed books: 334-38, 340-354, 356-70
Books 339 and 355 were not indexed
Click on a link below to view index pages by surname first letter.
 
A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J    K    L    M    N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V    W   XYZ
 

* Sometime in the past, previous deed indexes were combined into those that exist today. Current deed index 7 was made from indexes before index 8 and after index 8. To avoid confusion, the index numbers, as they exist on microfilm, are retained. The deed books in these indexes are correct as listed here, not as listed in Wm. Graver's book on page 68.
 
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
 
Page modified: 11/24/2018