Sounds like you have some family issues going on. Anyway, to answer your question, title companies would probably be the best resource for you to get up-to-date information. While you can go online and search the county website, the information you'll be able to find there, will most likely not be up-to-date. There's usually a delay of several weeks or maybe even months before a recorded document will show on a website that is accessible by the public. Title companies need more current information as they issue title insurance. If you have ever purchased a home and you received a preliminary title report, you may have noticed that the report was only good up to a certain date. Title companies will usually run another search the day of recording to make sure no new liens were recorded while the property was in escrow.