Oakland County Register of Deeds Tract Index Unit
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Oakland County Register of Deeds Tract Index Unit

The Tract Index Unit of the Register of Deeds Office assists individuals searching the history of ownership of acreage (metes and bounds descriptions), lots in subdivisions, and units in condominiums.  This includes instructing people unfamiliar with the computer system. 

Tract Index has computerized the death certificates, two party papers and surveys for easier retrieval, along with a mortgage tracking system on the computer.  We maintain all of the manual records, which are used by our staff, individuals and title companies who must follow the chain of title for a specific piece of property.  We also maintain an index of all platted subdivisions, which includes the permanent file of plats and smaller-sized copies held in binders for the public.

NEW! - The Tract Index Division is now able to print color maps.  Aerial maps can be printed to show property lines, subdivision lines, lot lines and school districts.  FEMA flood plain prints are also available as well as topographic (elevation) maps.  Images are: 8 1/2 x 11 - $3.00 per page or 11 x 17 - $5.00 per page.  Learn more 

Frequently Asked Questions

What information do you need to search a property for me?
Ideally, the Sidwell number (parcel ID or tax ID) is best.

May I have the sales history of property?
We provide the last recorded deed, date and price when available.

May I have the recording information for a mortgage?
Yes. We need the mortgage date, amount and Sidwell number of the property.

May I have any assignments recorded for a mortgage?
Yes. The liber and page number of the mortgage are used for this search.

May I have a discharge of mortgage?
Yes. The liber and page number of the mortgage are used for this search.

Do you have information on properties in other counties?
No. This office maintains only recordings of Oakland County property.

How far back can I check your records?
On the computer database, from January 1964 to current. Other records stored in this building date back to the 1800s, some of which are stored in this office, others in Records Retention. Best bet -- start in Register of Deeds.

What do I do if I need copies? Can I get as many as I want?
Copies may be ordered in person or through the mail.  The cost is $1.00 per page. Certification of documents costs an additional $1.00 per document if you need it.  Plats cost $2.50 per page.

I don't have the property description or address. Can I search under the persons name?
That type of search is handled in the Grantor/Grantee unit.

Will you fax copies to me?

Can you read a legal description of property over the phone?
Descriptions that are lengthy are not read over the phone. There is too much room for error. We can, however, send a copy to you in the mail from the land description file.