We are now open to the public.
When entering the building through security, a mask and temperature check is required. Please call to see if we can help you over the phone as it may not be necessary for you to come into the office. Records searchers are required to make an appointment for search time by calling our office at 616-527-5320. Documents for recording may be e-recorded, sent to us by postal service, overnight delivery service or by walk-in visit.
Online services are available if you need to obtain a copy of a document.
The Register of Deeds is an elected position currently held by Rhonda Lake. The Chief Deputy Register is Mary Hartman and Julie Goeman is the Deputy Register. The Abstract Office where Mapping and Descriptions are processed is also housed in the Register of Deeds Office. Stephanie Carpenter is the Abstractor.
The Register of Deeds Office records, files, maintains, and retrieves all documents relating to real property in Ionia County.
The Register of Deeds Office is the keeper of all records pertaining to the transfer or encumbrance of real estate in the county. The documents are receipted, time stamped, assigned document numbers and indexed by name and property descriptions. The records date back to 1833 and any one document can be retrieved and copied within a matter of minutes. Records from 1986 to current are available on computer indexes, with digital images of documents to view or print from our computers. Web service allows users to view/print directly from our real-time web index.
Mapping and Description can help with searches for historical and current information, using property descriptions and maps to locate specific details pertaining to properties. Examples of searches would be for easements or to determine missing or incorrect property descriptions.
Copies of Documents
Our records date back to 1833, before Michigan achieved statehood. We can locate and copy most records within a matter of minutes. Indexes are searchable by name or legal description, not by address or parcel number. Records are stored in books, microfilm, and digital images. Nearly all records originally stored in books and on film have been digitized. Digital images are available through our Kofile Technologies program, either on the web or in the office, for all deed documents. We are currently working on indexing back records and have completed indexing back to May 1984. Our goal is to have every document searchable and printable online.