A recorder of deeds gathers and maintains information about property deeds and titles, tax liens, land ownership deeds, quit claim deeds, and copies of home mortgage and real estate deeds. Most recorders of deeds work at the local level in either county or city offices. In communities that don't have a recorder, the work is done by a county clerk-recorder.
The recorder of deeds collects real estate deeds and other property records all together in one location making it easy for the public to access information when needed. Along with real estate deeds and tax liens, the recorder also keeps track of mechanic liens, plats, and mortgage releases. It's common for these offices to keep track of records in a variety of ways, from indexes to maps. The recorder of deeds usually keeps the information in both paper and electronic form.
In a majority of states, there is only one type of recorder of deeds. This elected official is tasked with recording and preserving public records in an accurate and efficient format, so the general public can have access when needed. Recorders of deeds and their office staff maintain records so they can be easily retrieved, and preserve the records for use by future generations.