As of January 1, 2010, the Sonoma County Recorder's Office does not abbreviate any word written into the Grantor/Grantee index. All words appear in the index as written on the recorded document. If the document contains an abbreviation then the index will contain the same abbreviation.
In the past, hundreds of words such as Bank, Company, Trustee etc. were abbreviated as, BK, CO, TR etc,. This practice was initiated because of the limited length of space allocated in the electronic format and was potentially confusing. We are no longer constrained by the length of space.
From 1964 through 1990, the first word of an index entry was abbreviated so, for example, SECURITY PACIFIC NATIONAL BANK would appear as SEC PAC NATL BK.
In 1990 we discontinued the practice of abbreviating the first words so in our example, SECURITY PACIFIC NATIONAL BANK appeared in the index as SECURITY PAC NATL BK.
Beginning January 1, 2010, SECURITY PACIFIC NATIONAL BANK will appear as SECURITY PACIFIC NATIONAL BANK.
When searching for a record prior to 2010, remember to use abbreviations; after January 1, 2010, search under the exact name of the person or company.
If you have any questions, please contact our office.