All documents from the Dallas County Recorder’s Office, dating back to the year 1850 can now be found online. Dallas County Chad Airhart and his staff have been working to make all of the documents available online and with the completion of the project, people can now find all deeds and documents and print them from anywhere instead of needing to drive to the Courthouse in Adel.


The documents are available online through software created by Cott Systems.


“Everyday the Recorder’s staff is faced with challenges to satisfy the requests of the public,” Airhart said in a news release. “With the completion of this project, we can provide better and more efficient service, saving us and the customer time and money.”


Now available online are indexed and imaged records dating back to 1960, as well as historic records imaged on a historical records webpage back to Dallas County’s first recorded book in 1850.


According to the news release, the Recorder’s office processes more than 25,000 documents each year and issues vital records, registers vehicle not designed for the road and serves as a passport acceptance facility for the U.S. State Department.


“We have advanced the office technology with the addition of software from Cott Systems, and this has helped us to improve our processes to do more with the same amount of staff, efficiently accommodating the needs of one of the fastest growing counties in America,” Airhart said.


The news release states that with the digitization of all of the records, they will now be safe from natural disaster where physical records might be lost. Additionally, there will now be more space in the Recorder’s office since they no longer need the physical books in the office.


Airhart will host an open house at the Dallas County Recorder’s Office on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., where staff members from Cott Systems will be on hand to demonstrate the new system and how to search the website. Please RSVP by calling the Dallas County Recorder’s Office at (515)993-5804.


The Dallas County Recorder’s website is www.dallasrecorder.com while the indexed records can be found at www.cotthosting.com/IADallasExternal.


The historic records/online index book portal can be viewed at www.cotthosting.com/IADallasExternal/HTML5Viewer/ImageViewer.aspx?OIB=true.