Recorder of Deeds
All papers recorded in the office are public information, with the exception of Military Discharge Papers. This means anyone can come in and look at any Deeds or Mortgages.
General information can be obtained by phone but for more detailed information you should come into the office or retain a Title Searcher or Attorney. Office Employees are not permitted to make searches.
Information is indexed by Grantor (Seller) and Mortgagor (Borrower) now known as the DIRECT PARTY and the Grantee (Buyer) and Mortgagee (Lender) now known as the INDIRECT PARTY. These books are grouped by years. To locate a deed or mortgage we must know the full name of one of the persons involved and also the approximate year of the transaction.
Index Books are grouped by years. The first set goes from 1684 to 1919, the next is 1920 to 1941, then 1942 to 1951, then 1952 to 1963, the next is 1964 to 1971 and 1972 to 1979 and 1980 to 1988 and 1989 to 1993 and 1994 to 1998 and 1999 to present. Except in the newest index, names are not indexed in pure alphabetical order like a phone book. Our staff will be glad to show you how to use the index books. The newest indexes are also on computer.
You can receive a copy of a deed or mortgage by sending a request to the Recorder of Deeds Office. The Charge is $1.00 per page. If you want the copy certified there is an additional fee of $1.50. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Plans, when available are $3.00 per sheet.
Bucks County Office of Recorder of Deeds
Joseph J. Szafran, Recorder of Deeds
Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court St, 2nd Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901