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ABCs of Property Records — a Second-Thursday Special December 11th — L.A. Civic Center/Norwalk

Two investigators have requested a repeat of the ABCs of Property Records tour and how-to for Thursday, December 11th. If I get two more participants, I can make it happen.

The program will begin at 8 a.m. at the office of the Los Angeles County Assessor in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration at 500 W. Temple Street. We’ll meet outside the East Entrance to the building on Hill Street, just south of Temple Street and then proceed to Room 225 on the second floor.

Here's where we'll meet at 8 a.m.

Here’s where we’ll meet at 8 a.m.

You’ll learn the five ways to access the assessor’s files relating to particular pieces of property and then how to locate essential clues that will help you find the related deeds on file with the County Recorder. You’ll learn how to use assessor records to track the recent ownership information as well as purchase price information.

We'll travel through tunnels that connect county offices.

We’ll travel through tunnels that connect county offices.

Next, we’ll travel through nifty tunnels to the assessor’s archives across Hill Street where we’ll track older ownership and assessment information going back to the early 1900s.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder-Clerk’s office at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk.

The group can decide upon a lunch location before we venture to Norwalk to look at the property records at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder-Clerk’s offices at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk. We’ll visit the Grantor-Grantee index in Room 2207 where you’ll learn how to retrieve deeds and other recorder documents using the names of either involved party or the document numbers you obtained at the assessor’s office.

We’ll go to the basement to look at deeds and other documents records before 1959 and then go across the hall for an exercise in viewing and obtaining copies of birth, marriage and death certificates.

The cost of the tour is $40 for the entire day.

You must contact Don Ray at or 818-237-3728 to reserve a spot.