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Recorder's Office Terminology

Notice:
Recorded and/or filed documents and ALL information contained within those instruments become the permanent public record and are available for public viewing and/or purchase.



The following are non-legal definitions of terms


Grantor/ Grantee Index This is the official index of the statewide recording system database in alphabetical format. Grantor and Grantee names appearing on documents must be input into the index exactly as they appear on the document, consequently variations of names may exist. Searches may be performed within the statewide computer index based on district or statewide, as well as by name, legal description, date, book/page number, serial number or document type.
Index Code As you review the index and pull up individual names or legal descriptions, you will notice different index codes for a variety of documents. These index codes help to identify specific types of documents. For example: LI signifies Lien documents; M refers to Mortgages, Deeds of Trusts and related document types; D refers to conveyance documents such as Quit Claim Deeds, Warranty Deeds, Trust Deeds; MI refers to Mining documents; MS refers to Miscellaneous type documents (documents which do not fall in to one of the other categories); PA for Power of Attorneys; FS for Financing Statements.
Legal Description This is the real estate property description which is reflected as Lot, Block, Subdivision name, plat number, Survey number, or Meridian, Township, Range, Section (MTRS).
Location Index Index based on the real estate property description such as: Lot, Block, Subdivision name, plat number, U.S. Land Survey Number; MTRS (Meridian, Township, Range, Section); Alaska State Land Survey Number; The location index with the State Recorder’s Office was not an official index prior to July 1996 and is provided as a courtesy index for our users. Legal descriptions may be researched by Plat Number, Subdivision Name, Survey Number, MTRS (Meridian, Township, Range Section).
Original Book Records Prior to establishing the statewide computerized database, recordings were logged into large, bound books in alphabetical order according to Grantor and Grantee names. These books constitute the original book records of each recording district in the state.
Recording Districts Unlike other states, Alaska is broken up into 34 recording districts which are centrally administered under a State Recorder. All recording districts use the same acceptance criteria, fee schedule, etc., for accepting documents into the public record.