As Ted said some counties provide the information for free, some don't, but at least you'll know where to get them if you choose..
Good luck, Dunes
There you can sign up for quarterly mailings of tax delinquent properties. Go to the web address http://www.cosl.org and then click records. The mailings often contain a buyers guide and useful information.
Hope that helps!
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IMPORTANT: I would never skimp on an actual lien search, as all documents do not legally need to be recorded. Buying a house is a big deal, and I would HIGHLY recommend at minimum paying a local attorney to do a lien search for chain of title- personally i would always get full title policy by a local, credible title company with insurance. This ensures that if any liens are missed, you will not be liable. Saving money now could cost thousands later if this step is skipped.
This is not legal advice, just personal opinion- plz always consult a reputable attorney.
Some counties or local municipalities may have a public online website but I would venture to guess that most charge a fee for such a service. As a full-time Realtor here in GA, I subscribe to an online service that allows me to perform warranty deed, security deed, lien and other related searches for most counties throughout the state. Undoubtedly, this is an invaluable tool and benefit to my real estate business.
Not sure how you plan to use such a service in your area or whether you will need recurring access to such data. If it is a one-time thing, try contacting a local Realtor or closing attorney and see what they would charge you (if anything) to pull up the desired info. If you need regular and ongoing access, perhaps investing in a similar service would be a worthwhile investment to support your endeavors.