Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court Jon A. Gegenheimer is pleased to announce that the clerk of court’s office has completed imaging its mortgage and conveyance index books. The ambitious project involved the digitization of 200 bound volumes of real estate index records. These records are the keys to locating millions of documents filed with the mortgage and conveyance office since 1825, when Jefferson Parish was created by legislative act. Many of the volumes, which weighed up to 40 pounds each, had become tattered and soiled from decades of use by the general public and clerk of court employees. Some others were water-damaged, and the digitization effort ensures the security of these records by eliminating the risk of their destruction by malicious act, fire, or natural disaster.
Since 1992, the clerk of court has imaged more than 125 million pages of documents throughout all of the clerk of court’s departments. All images have been preserved with archival-quality microfilm or blu-ray non-rewriteable media using processes approved by the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Access to the images is available at no charge to the general public utilizing the mortgage and conveyance system on the 2nd floor of the General Government Building, 200 Derbigny Street, Gretna. Subscribers of the clerk of court’s remote access system, known as JeffNet, also have access to the images, and are now afforded the ability to conduct complete title research 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. This has resulted in a streamlined, efficient process for attorneys and notaries preparing for closings on mortgages and acts of sale.