The Register of Deeds is an elected position currently held by Diane Adams. Rhonda Lake serves as Chief Deputy Register of Deeds, with Mary Hartman, Deputy Register. The Mapping and Description Department, formerly known as the Abstract Office, is housed in the Register of Deeds office. Stephanie Carpenter is our Abstractor, working in Mapping and Description.
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 July 1986. Our goal is to have every document searchable and printable online.