Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Re-appointed by Governor Wolf to County Records Committee

LACKAWANNA COUNTY –  Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Evie Rafalko McNulty has been re-appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to the County Records Committee of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The primary responsibility of the Committee is to develop records retention and disposition schedules and other regulations for the management of county records. There has been a tremendous increase in the amount of records being created and maintained by county governments.  New health and human services programs, increasing judicial case loads, and the introduction of new methods of duplicating records are primarily responsible for the proliferation of documentation.  As a result of this “records explosion”, county governments have had to spend more money to create, store and access information.  An effective records management program can reduce the cost of creating, storing and retrieving records and can increase productivity by saving staff time.  Recognition of the need for a workable local government records management program in Pennsylvania led to the passage of the County Records Act of 1963. The act established the County Records Committee which is composed of representatives of certain county offices, the PA Historical and Museum Commission, attorneys and the general public. The Committee is currently chaired by a judicial  representative of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Under the Act, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is designated as the agency responsible for assisting the County Records Committee and administering its local records program.  The Commission, working through its Division of Archival and Records Management Service (the State Archives) in carrying out these records functions, seeks and utilizes the assistance of county and state officials and other knowledgeable in this area.

Currently serving in her fourth term as Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds, Mrs. Rafalko McNulty is also the Past President of Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association (PRODA) where she had become very active in legislative issues concerning county records, in particular records maintained in Recorder of Deeds offices across the Commonwealth .

Recorder of Deeds Electronic Recording Invite 2013

Dear Lackawanna County Recording Customer: 

I am pleased to announce that the Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Office has initiated  electronic recording (e-recording) of land record documents with Simplifile. I invite you and your staff to attend an

e-recording kickoff meeting on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Recorder of Deeds Office to learn how

e-recording can benefit you. Light refreshments will be served. 

When:       April 22, 2013                  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 

Where:      Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds, Gateway Center Conference Room

135 Jefferson Ave, Scranton, PA  18503 

For organizations that submit documents to the Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Office via (express) mail, runner or courier service, the availability of Simplifile e-recording services means that you are able to securely and cost-effectively file documents with the county through a web browser from the comfort and convenience of your office. 

E-Recording not only saves you time and money, it also accelerates document recordings, increases your office productivity, and increases the security of documents you file with the county. As you will learn during the kickoff meeting, you probably already have the equipment you need to begin submitting documents electronically. 

Simplifile has partnered with Lackawanna County to enable document submitters like you to be among the first to take advantage of the benefits of e-recording. Simplifile representatives—including Simplifile representative, John Riddell—will be in attendance at the kickoff meeting to demonstrate the system and answer any questions you might have. In addition, my staff will present county policies and procedures for e-recording. 

To RSVP for the kickoff meeting, please contact John Riddell by email at or at (610) 931-6727 to let him know how many from your office will be in attendance. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting. 


Evie Rafalko McNulty

Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds