Garfield County land records making their way online |

Garfield County land records making their way online

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Garfield County land records dating back to the late 19th century should be available online by next year, county Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico said.

County commissioners on Monday approved a $229,203 contract with US Imaging to copy the bound volumes of grantor/grantee records page by page from 1883, the year the county was established, until 1988.

The digital images will be indexed and added to the computerized search system, which already includes records from 1988 to present, according to Alberico.

“This way anyone coming into the office won’t have to pull the book off the shelf; they can just bring up the image on the screen to do their research,” she said.

Once the older records are indexed and integrated with the newer ones, they will be posted on the county website.

“Indexing is the expensive part of this,” Alberico said. “Once we’re done, though, it will save some of the wear and tear on the books.”

Once the records are online, title companies, land researchers and the general public can research county records from their office or home computers, she said.

“These will be higher-quality images, so it will also allow us to print images of pages that we couldn’t get a good copy of before,” Alberico said.

A fee will still be charged for any copies of images requested from the clerk and recorder’s office.

Imaging and indexing should be complete by the end of the year, and the records posted online by the first of next year, she said.

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