Land Records in Allen County, Indiana

The Allen County, Indiana Deed Index ACGSI page has links to Grantor - Grantee index images with property description, book volume and page number as a work in progress. Property descriptions include the Section, Township and Range described in various links below.

Our Fort Wayne City Directories page has 1858 online ebooks through 1923 that list names, addresses, and additional information for city and county families, businesses, churches, schools and more.

Rectangular Survey System used in Indiana

Section, Township, Range referenced on land deeds and legal descriptions
  1. Indiana Land Surveys: Their Development and Uses at Purdue Extension AY-237-W
  2. The Rectangular survey system in Indiana And Using the GIS Atlas by Annette Harper in Indiana Genealogist, Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2008, page 46.
  3. NEW ONLINE SEARCH TOOL AVAILABLE! at the Allen Country Recorder's Office was annouced January 16, 2014 for searching online deed records from 1829-1970 at the Indiana County Recorders Portal. Guest access is Free, to see and copy images requires paying a fee.
  4. Allen County Assessor - Property Record Card Search
  5. Fort Wayne Land Office Entries, 1823-1852 information at the Indiana Archives and Records Administration.
  6. Home deeds and mortgages, military discharges, property plats and title insurance online availability for a $5-6 fee was discussed in this article County OKs having old records online Commissioners approve access to docs from 1816 on by Vivian Sade published July 13, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  7. Searching Allen County Recorder's Office Records Online explains what records are available and how to search records at the Allen Country Recorder's Office. They have an online Allen County's GIS Portal aka iMap, Intelligence Mapping, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), with maps and aerial photos taken over various years for Allen County Property. An April 11, 2018 program Using GIS to Find Ancestral Homes by John Schreiber presented by the ACGSI has additional information to links on our site and photos of the program. Our Maps page has a 42-minute video on the GIS mapping portal:
  8. Copies of land records are at the Allen County Recorder's Office for $1 a page if you copy in person. To search online: go to, find Allen County in the pull down menus under “Search Now” and search by the document number. There is a search fee involved, but the price is still most likely less than the value of your time and the cost of a trip downtown. From a June 3, 2014 post on Allen County Recorder's Office on Facebook.
  9. Land surveys are rarely recorded since they are not a required part of transferring land ownership. From May 23, 2014 post on Allen County Recorder's Office on Facebook.

Standard atlas of Allen County, Indiana : including a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county ... patrons directory, reference business directory ... by Geo. A. Ogle & Co. in 1898 is a good book for early township maps and several pages of portraits of locally prominent citizens starting on page 94!

Allen County Recorder's Office

The County Recorder's function is to maintain permanent public records involving a wide variety of instruments. These documents detail transactions involving real estate, mining, personal property, mortgages, liens, leases, subdivision plats, military discharges, personal bonds, etc. Quote from their What Does the Allen County Recorder Do? webpage.

Q.) Do you have an online searchable database for recorded deeds and other information?

A.) Yes! Data and documents going back to January 1970 can be viewed online.

Quote from their FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions web page.

The Allen County Recorder's Office offers online access to data and documents from Jan. 1, 1970, to present. Certain records prior to 1970 are also available online. New documents usually appear online within 24 hours of recording. We currently offer more than 3 million documents online.

Property Deed Scam - Indiana Attorney General warning about a scam to sell copies of deeds. As public records deeds only cost $1-2 for actual copy costs.

I Paid Off My Mortgage. Where's My Deed? When you pay off a mortgage, either through refinancing or paying off your home, the bank records a document, called a "release of mortgage," reflecting that milestone. Copied from November 28, 2012 Allen Country Recorder's Office post on Facebook.

Real Estate Deeds and various land records

Some older records including a small collection of Abstracts of Title, Allen County, Indiana are at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Indiana Land Records

  1. First People of Indiana
  2. Indiana State Archives Land Records Collection: Land Office Index
  3. Indiana State Archives Fort Wayne Land Office Entries, 1823-1852
    The Fort Wayne District embraced all or part of the present counties of Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, Clinton, DeKalb, Delaware, Grant, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Madison, Miami, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Tipton, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.
  4. Indiana State Archives Evolution of Indiana Counties maps below
  5. Indiana county boundaries as of 1816
  6. Indiana county boundaries as of 1821
  7. Indiana county boundaries as of 1823
  8. Hoosier Homestead Award Database - search for Allen County only to get a list of all names. The program recognizes farms that have been owned by the same family for one hundred years or more and stresses the contributions these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancement of Indiana.
  9. Plat book of Allen County, Indiana (1900) - Lindemuth, C. Ross, Photocopy of original edition, maps only (advertisements omitted), definitely one of the more useful books for genealogy purposes!
  10. Search The Digital Archives

Land Records Indiana State Archives Land Office Database: [formerly] Indiana State Archives holds field notes and original plats made by federal surveyors and land office tract books recording individual purchases from the federal land office. Of the six federal land offices in Indiana, the tract book records of three, Ft. Wayne, Vincennes, and LaPorte-Winamac, are online. Patrons can search abbreviated versions of these and can contact the Archives for the full record. Note: All subsequent private transactions and plat maps are held by the county recorder.

Deeds and Mortgage Records
available at the Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library

Deed Index
Volumes 1-11, 1829-1902
MiCrofilm, Second Floor

Deeds, 1824-1842
Microfilm, Second Floor

Volumes A-Y, 1834-1860
Volumes 26-160, 1860-1901
MiCrofilm, Second Floor

Mortgage Index
Volumes 1-4, 1829-1887
MiCrofilm, Second Floor

Volumes 1-48, 1846-1886
MiCrofilm, Second Floor

General Information

  1. ebook 1849 Indiana Gazetteer, or topographical dictionary of the State of Indiana
  2. ebook 1850 The Indiana gazetteer : or, topographical dictionary of the state of Indiana (1850)
  3. Voting Rights in the United States were originally only granted to land owning white males or those with sufficient wealth for taxation.
  4. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries at the The Newberry Library
  5. 5 Maps Sites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena P. Ortega December 2, 2011.
  6. Earth Point Township and Range Search tool from Google Earth. Finding Historical U.S. County Boundaries Using Google Earth explaned on blog by Nancy Hendrickson October 23, 2012.
  7. BLM - Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office Records - search land patents and surveys except original 13 colonies - Explore the Homesteading Timeline from 1785-2000
  8. 10 Ways to Research Your Home's History by Emily Potter published June 18, 2014 at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  9. To search BLM use The Official Federal Land Records Site
  10. Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount - 1774 to Present - on
  11. Quit Claim Deeds and Deed Releases Land & Property Records December 28, 2012 by William Dollarhide on
  12. Public Land Survey System blog by professional genealogist Michele Simmons Lewis
  13. Rectangular Survey System discussion Democracy for Some: Defining the Indiana Landscape through the Rectangular Survey System by Jill Weiss published December 12, 2017 on Indiana Historical Bureau blog.
  14. Tracing the Trails of Your Ancestors Using Deed Records December 6, 2012 William Dollarhide on demonstrates the power of deeds in retracing the trail of an ancestor. His real example uses deeds to solve a difficult genealogical problem. If you know that an ancestor was from Virginia, but do not know in which county he lived, then his example may give you an idea of how deeds can help you locate the right county.

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