Paula Sollami Covello, Esq.
Office of the Mercer County Clerk
Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and Mercer County Community College will hold a one-day class this spring focused on searching for public records in the Mercer County Courthouse. Responding to an overwhelming response to last year's sold-out course, the County Clerk's Office has renewed its course offering.
"This year we are again offering our popular Search the Search Room Class," said Sollami Covello. "The class is designed by the Clerk's Office to allow more local residents to navigate the search room and take advantage of our open county resources and records," noted Sollami Covello. The course offering comes on the heels of County Clerk's Office recent installation of a cutting-edge computer system for researching and recording land and property records. "The search system presents the County's land records in a new and simple, user-friendly format," added Sollami Covello.
The non-credit, half-day course will be presented on Saturday, May 17 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, to assist local residents in researching deeds, liens, and other property information, current or historical, back to the 1800s. One does not need to be a historian or a real estate professional to attend. The course, open to local residents, will be held in the Search Room of the County Clerk's Office, at the Old Mercer County Courthouse, 209 S. Broad Street in Trenton.
Upon completion of this half-day session, participants will be able to search official County records for:
- A basic copy of a deed or to verify that mortgage debt has been discharged from property records.
- A home's sale price and names of past and present owners of a specific property.
- Deeds on properties dating to 1838 for historical purposes.
- Verification of easements or right-of-ways on a property.
- Comparative research for tax appeals.
- Information on the origins of local housing developments, subdivisions and their maps.
- Historic landmark filings, business name registrations, military discharge records.
- Access to many more types of documents.
Registration is coordinated though Mercer County Community College's Center for Continuing Studies. Go to www.MCCC.edu/ccs or call 609-570-3311 to register. The course is limited to 25 individuals with a nominal fee of $15. Ample and free parking will be available near the Old Courthouse on the day of class. To register directly online, go to www.mccc.edu/mymercer.