About Us

Ann Hess

A county-wide elected office with a four-year term, the Recorder’s position is held by Ann M Hess. Mrs. Hess has been the County Recorder since 2018.

The Recorder of Deeds is responsible for recording documents in two main areas: Real Estate and Uniform Commercial Code. Other documents, such as Military Service Discharges, foreign birth certificates, as well as obscure documents like cattle brands, are also recorded here. All documents, except Military Service Discharges, are public record and are readily available both online and in the office for scrutiny.

Records in this office provide data about real estate transactions and historical perspective. Deeds, mortgages, releases, easements, land plans, restrictions, and road right-of-ways are examples of such documents.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lancaster 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. We continually strive to improve recording and research capabilities and coordinate with other government entities.