Susan Warkentin

In a continuing effort to improve the Texas County recorder of deeds office, volunteers are needed to help index pre-1997 records, Recorder of Deeds Susan Warkentin said.

U.S. Imaging, a Colorado company, will be onsite around the clock copying and digitizing public records to archive them for safekeeping and import them into the new office software. After completion of this project, volunteers also will be needed to index the information from the imported images.

Volunteers are also needed immediately to index surveys and plats that have been scanned on a new large format scanner/copier and imported into the recording software. This will allow viewing and printing of the plats and surveys directly from the new system. Copies of plats, surveys and public documents can be made, reduced/enlarged and purchased by the public in sizes up to 24 x 36.

Other new technology in the office includes a marriage license module that allows scanning of driver’s license information directly into a marriage license application form, and uses that information to produce a marriage license and certificate, making the hand typing of licenses obsolete. The marriage license data required by the Missouri Department of Health is now transmitted to it electronically, saving the county postage and paper expenses, Warkentin said.

“With the new technology and the help of Texas County volunteers, your records will now be archived and safe from any man-made or natural disasters, such as the recent and tragic one in Joplin,” she said.

Persons who would like to volunteer to input data into the computer can contact Susan Warkentin at 417-967-8438.



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