The history of land registration reaches back to medieval times. The development of land recording systems was convoluted and controversial.
From the world's first national land registry system introduced in Holland in 1529, through the publication of The Domesday Book by England's King William the Conqueror (used to improve tax collection) to today's high speed digital recording and delivery of images, Recorders have been working to improve this system that tracks what is for most people the single most important investment they make in their lives.
For the past 100 years in Nevada, it has been the County Recorder who has had the important responsibility of maintaining vital records pertaining to ownership of real estate and any judgments or liens upon it. Without the work of the County Recorder in recording, safekeeping, and organizing all documents in a competent and logical manner, it would be impossible to purchase land and be assured of a clear title or to lend money with land security. In addition to land records, the County Recorder is responsible for maintaining maps, and collecting real property transfer tax.