October 17, 2022 |

All Carbon County land records are now available online.

Over the past year and a half, Carbon County has been digitizing all of their land records, making them viewable online. Using a company called, Document Pro, every record from 1873 to the present day, is now available on the website, iDoc Market.

Carbon County Clerk Gwynn Bartlett has spearheaded this project. She said the new system makes accessing the files much more convenient.

Pictured above: File photo of the Carbon Building. Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

In 2020, the county clerk’s office was moved from the courthouse to the Carbon Building. Moving the physical records into their new office would have required a significant amount of space. It would also have been necessary to reinforce the floor, so it could support the weight of 150 years’ worth of documents. Bartlett said relocating the records wasn’t really an option.

The choice was made to upload all the information onto a central database. Scanning the documents had an added benefit. Many of the files had marks and blemishes on them. Bartlett said the company responsible for digitizing the records, Document Pro, was able to make them easier to read.

The physical records will be stored indefinitely in the Jeffery Memorial Community Center. While it is possible for someone to still view the old archives, County Clerk Bartlett discourages it. She said the documents are slowly degrading.

Using $185,000 in impact assistance money from the Chokecherry Wind Energy Project, it took a year and a half to scan and catalog over 245,000 documents. Bartlett said making space for the books in the Carbon Building, and fortifying the floor, would have been more costly. She added that conserving the land records was worth the price.

All of Carbon County’s land record information is indexed on a website called ArcaSearch. Once a person finds the specific record they are looking for, they can go to iDoc Market to view it online, or they can go to the county clerk’s office and request the documents there. While ArcaSearch is free to use, iDoc Market requires a subscription fee of $10 a day, $30 a month, or $250 a year. Bartlett said a person can side-step that cost by going directly to the Carbon Building.

The copy charge is 25 cents a page.

Having all of the land records for Carbon County available online has the potential to save people time by no longer having them go to the county clerk’s office. That is, if they are willing to pay the cost of using the iDoc Market website. No matter how someone chooses to view them, the documents have been preserved forever.

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