Using the Land Record Search System - SEE BLUE BOX TO YOUR RIGHT WHEN READY TO BEGIN.
We are pleased to offer Midland County's Internet Land Record Search program to the public. Currently the records which have images available online date back to 1968 and we have an ongoing back indexing project which will be adding more images and will extend the online availability for images for earlier years.
*** DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE THE ONLINE RECORD SEARCH ARE AVAILABLE UNDER THE ONLINE TUTORIALS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE ***
The most reliable ways to search in our system are with at least one of the names on the document. It can be the grantor/mortgagor/seller/borrower (party 1) or the grantee/mortgagee/buyer/lender (party 2). Another reliable method is to search by legal description, not the abbreviated tax roll description. These two methods are reliable because they are required information for a document to be recorded and these items will definitely be indexed into our system
Less reliable methods to use are a street address or a tax parcel ID#. These methods will not bring about a comprehensive search because these items are NOT required information for a document to be recorded. If the document provides us with this information, we will index it, but if it is not provided we cannot reject the document and it will be recorded without this information. A search using either of these criteria will only bring up documents which happened to supply that information.
Any document with an image which is visible online is available to purchase online using a credit card. If you require copies of documents recorded in this office prior to the ones with images available online, they may be purchased by stopping by the Register of Deeds office, by calling the office at 989-832-6820 or by faxing us a request at 989-832-6842. The correct Liber & Page reference of the document(s) required will be needed. Copies are available (or $1.00/page, and pre-payment is required.
1) The CountyFusion Name search is a "Starts with" search; meaning that 'Name' search matches characters from left to right. When looking for a name of a person the correct format is last name, first name, middle initial. Business entities are written as they normally appear. Punctuation is not used in our indexes.
Examples: Smith John L or Acme Manufacturing Company
2) When looking up a property address the correct format is: 1234 E Saginaw or 1234 Main
Do not add information such as Road, Circle, Lane, Court, etc. Punctuation is not used in our indexes.
3) Tips on the TAX ID Searches. You are required to enter the dashes in the Tax ID search. To find a document/property using the Tax ID field, you are required to type in the Tax ID in full exactly how it was indexed at the county.
Within Midland City limits the format is: _ _ - _ _ - _ _ - _ _ _ (9 digits)
In a Township the format is: _ _ _ - _ _ _ - _ _ _ - _ _ _ (12 digits)
It is important to remember that this office must record and index documents exactly as they are written and presented to us. So when researching information it may be necessary to look for the information in many ways, such as Smith Richard, Smith Rick, Smith Rich, Smith Dick or by including a middle initial or Jr or Sr or III or some such designation. Also, if the property is in a trust you must know exactly how the trust is titled. For example the John A Doe and Jane B Doe Revocable Living Trust would be indexed as: Doe John A & Jane B Revocable Living Trust.
*** DETAILED INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO USE THE ONLINE RECORD SEARCH ARE AVAILABLE UNDER THE ONLINE TUTORIALS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE ***