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Jackson County updates record-keeping system after 12 years

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. -- If you live in Jackson County, you can now save yourself a trip to the courthouse. The Jackson County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has updated to a web and digital-based land records system.

This is a free public search of recorded documents on the website of the Jackson County recorder. To use the page, city officials said anyone can research land/property records by logging into a search engine to view an index of land records in Jackson County all the way back to 1989.

"We just want to let the public know that this is accessible to them and that way it helps them especially like this free search," said Frank Byrd, Assistant Chief Deputy County Clerk.

Officials said the office can now record deeds and other land records which are totally electronic via e-mail transfer. Illinois Real Estate transfer taxes may also be paid using this process for an easy and immediate transfer of funds and information.

"Banks can search that and to make sure everything in the recording is okay and like i said they can buy it and none of this cost will be absorbed by the tax payers. Local tax payers will not have to absorb any of those cost because it's all paid for by a one time recording fee," said Byrd.

In addition, residents also have the options of new features in obtaining information and/or protecting their assets. 

City officials said with fraud protection property owners can receive notification of any potentially fraudulent filing of documents that could affect clear title on their homes or other property.

"If there's any activity on your land record you'll get a text message or an email and you can act on it ," said Byrd.

You can click here to reach the free search on the County Clerk and Recorder’s page of the Jackson County Government website.

If you're a resident in Jackson County and you would like to add your name to the fraud protection list, all you have to do is contact the Jackson County Clerk's Office via phone or e-mail and add their name and contact information to a database list.

For further information contact Frank Byrd, Assistant Chief Deputy County Clerk at 618-687-7360 or by sending an email.

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