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One way to determine the owner of a given property is using land records and deeds. You can go to a county courthouse and search in person, or use the Internet to search digital archives.
For example, if you are searching for a property's owner in Lake County, Indiana you would be able to look online. On the county property appraiser's site, you would select guest access, start your search and input the address or parcel number. The site would return the current owner of the property.
County record searches can be done to determine all previous ownership, often predating Indiana's statehood. All property was originally owned by the federal government.
State property tax records also provide a search method for property ownership. Like county records, you can search via platted description or street address to determine current and prior ownership.
Requesting Copies of Land Records
Contact the Arkansas Land Records Division in Little Rock to obtain a records request form. You can visit the office in person, which is on the first floor of the State Capitol building, or you can contact the office by telephone at (501) 324-9422, or fax your request for a form to (501) 324-9421. There is currently no form available online to find out who owns land in Arkansas.
Complete the request form. Include detailed information to assist the clerk in locating the records you are seeking. The physical address of the property, including the county, is necessary to find out who owns it. If you are trying to find property by owner, provide the first and last name of each adult who lives at the property and any other personally identifying information you have.
Return the request form to the land records clerk. You can do this by mail, fax, or in person. You may be asked to provide your driver's license or another form of identification before your request will be accepted.
Pay the fee for copying the records. The division is permitted to charge you for the costs of copying the records. You may be required to pay in full before the records will be provided, but you may also be able to obtain a waiver if you can demonstrate your request is for a non-commercial purpose. The clerk will then have up to three business days to furnish you with copies of the records.