County Clerk Hosts ‘Searching the Deed Room’ Workshop April 14

Apr 04, 2018

Area residents interested in tracing their property ownership records are invited to “Searching the Deed Room,” a workshop hosted by the Ocean County Clerk on April 14. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the deed room of the clerk’s office, at the courthouse in Toms River.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. To register, email Ocean County Clerk Scott M. Colabella at or call 732-929-2018.

Colabella and members of his staff will offer a tour of the deed room and provide personalized guidance to help attendees search and access records, such as a home’s deed or mortgage.

“Residents are unaware of how much information they have access to, and even how to look up property records,” Colabella stated. “This event will give them an opportunity to learn firsthand about how easy it is to access this kind of information and just how much they have at their convenience.”

Attendees will also receive instruction on how to register for the County Clerk’s Property Alert Service, which enables homeowners to receive electronic notifications when documents pertaining to their property are recorded with the clerk.

Colabella said the workshop coincides with the county’s interest in highlighting April as National County Government Month. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties has dedicated the month of April to encouraging counties to actively promote services and programs offered to the public.

“This workshop provides residents with the chance to get a better understanding of the workings of the county clerk’s office and in particular getting information as it relates to their property,” Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little remarked.

Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, who is liaison to the Ocean County Clerk, added, “This workshop will help satisfy the curiosity of any Ocean County resident who has an interest in tracing their property ownership records.

“Scott and his staff do a great job in making certain information is accessible to our residents.”

The Ocean County clerk offers a variety of other services, including passports, a notary and veteran assistance.  —J.K.H.

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