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Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds Frank Schiefer recently made additional documents from his office available to the public. Previously the public only had the ability to search documents from the Recorder of Deeds website going back to 1943 from a computer outside the Recorder of Deeds office while having the ability to search older documents from within the office. Now, the public has the ability to search documents dating back to 1850. “From day one, I have been listening to the needs and concerns of the public, attorneys and the title searchers that use the office and availability of documents has been an area of concern,” said Recorder of Deeds Frank Schiefer. “We are always seeking ways to improve the office for those who use it and this is just one additional way we have been able to make the office a little more customer friendly,” added Schiefer.
Documents can be viewed from any computer by visiting online or they can be accessed from the Recorder of Deeds fifth floor annex office. As a reminder, the office hours for research are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
In addition to the increased amount of records that are available to the public, Schiefer also had an additional computer installed for the public in the fourth floor extension office. “Those who record expressed a need to have this computer installed which will enable them to complete a final search of public records prior to recording their document. After some research, I was able to have this installed at no cost to the county so it was a win-win for all,” Schiefer said. “As we continue to move forward in the office, customer service and efficiency will remain a number one priority,” added Schiefer.
The mission of the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds Office is to create a government operation that is effective, cost efficient, and customer friendly. We believe a customer-focused approach is the best way to achieve success and success is never final. The primary function of the office is to maintain the integrity of all land records and documents entrusted to the office, and to act as a collection agent for Real Estate Transfer Tax. The office continually strives to improve recording and research capabilities and coordinate with other government entities.