The Story County Auditor and Recorder recently digitized many of their historic records and are providing access to them through the county website.
Included in the records now available are land transfer books, historical plats, drainage, road and other records. In addition, index books for transfer documents for city lots and rural land are also accessible.
Before this project, Story County residents looking for historical family or genealogical records had to travel to the county office during business hours in Nevada to search through record books. Now, they can do this from the convenience of their home.
Digitized records can be of interest to historical societies, abstractors, title companies, surveyors and genealogists who have a personal interest in historical information.
Protecting and preserving delicate records electronically, many of them extending back to the founding of the county in 1846, was another benefit of the project. Protecting 150 years of information from simple malfunctions like water leaks or more extreme events like fire and tornadic events were always concerns of county employees.
County employees who previously had to travel to Nevada can now access records from their offices, according to the Story County Board of Supervisors, who unanimously supported this improvement.
To access these records go to the county website and click on “Keeping real estate transfer records” on the Auditor’s page for land transfer books, historical plats, drainage and road records. For deed index records go to the Recorder’s county website page and click on Online Historical Index in the green box on the left. Sensitive information is redacted and blocked from view.
Cott Systems, Inc., since 1888, with representatives in Iowa and throughout the United States provided digitizing and software expertise to the county for this project.