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10 April 2013

Miscellaneous Things in the Recorder's Office

In most United States counties, the county recorder is charged with recording deeds and other documents, usually vital records. Most recorders though have a miscellaneous record where anything can be recorded  a variety of documents may be recorded--not just deeds and vital records. My uncle had his medical license recorded at the recorder's office in the 1950s and another relative had a copy of his divorce decree from Florida filed in the Illinois county where he married twenty years previously. You ever know what's in that miscellaneous record--take a look.

Note: we've slightly modified this from the "unedited" version that ran originally. Thanks to a reader for catching that. "Anything" is too strong of a word, but readers need to be aware that there are a variety of materials that can be in the "miscellaneous" volume and that recording laws vary from one state to another and over time.

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