The Source of Confidence

Founded in 1987, First American Data Tree was first to invent the document image category and built the original land record database. Since then, our knowledge and experience in property data and document compilation, indexing and delivery is unmatched. Customers choose us for our wealth of unique real estate data and records and for our flexibility in providing information delivery options to suit their operations.

Managing a database of 5 billion original documents, and with nationwide coverage, we provide settlement services solutions to mortgage lenders, real estate service companies and abstractors. We also provide high quality images and real estate data to government agencies, land surveyors, engineers and law offices.

Our vast database holds current and historical property transactions and supporting land record document images: deeds, mortgages, liens, judgments, and maps. It is also the source for numerous reports vital to decision-making, such as property information, legal & vesting information, automated valuations, flood data and transaction history. In addition, we maintain unique data resources, such as legal descriptions, starters and historical plats.

The experience and skills of our information technology experts coupled with our top-of-the-line imaging systems deliver unsurpassed database management services.

Data Stewardship

Through the decades, we've built our reputation as a proven source for data by consistent performance and by mastering the fundamentals of data quality. We process more than 15 million real estate transactions per week. By applying the highest standards of data quality and more experience than the combined total of our competitors, we deliver property information and documents that help increase efficiency and productivity.


First American Data Tree’s proprietary compression/decompression image format was developed by award winning software programmers. Every day, we deliver on more than 2,000,000 requests for data and images, applying the most reliable technology available. We can add new product enhancements very quickly in order to meet the requirements of individual clients.

A History of Innovation

Launched Parcel IQ, the intelligent portal to property information nationwide for origination and post-closing services

Added Property Reports, leveraging the nation's largest document and property database and abstractor network.

Added trailing document tracking and recovery, lien release services, and assignment services to nationwide document retrieval and document management solutions.

Expanded document database to include over 4 billion document images in more than 650 counties nationwide.

Introduced, an efficient Web application featuring multiple search capabilities, catering to the needs of a variety of industries.

Expanded document database to include over 2 billion document images, offering coverage in a majority of states nationwide.

Introduced Data Tree for the Desktop, a robust Windows-based application offering high-speed document retrieval in multiple states and counties.

Released Titlescape, the first Windows-based document image retrieval system designed for title professionals and title plant integration

Acquired by First American

Introduced the first automated document retrieval system for the Southern California region

Founded as Image Provider Systems

About First American

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services to the real estate and mortgage industries, that traces its heritage back to 1889. First American and its affiliated companies also provide title plant management services; title and other real property records and images; valuation products and services; home warranty products; property and casualty insurance; and banking, trust and investment advisory services. With revenues of $3.9 billion in 2010, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents and partners in all 50 states and abroad. More information about the company can be found at