About Register of Deeds

General Information

  "Keep Calm and Register On" - Wisconsin Counties magazine article on Register of Deeds Office. [PDF]

Office Duties: Performs general administrative duties for the County which includes: E-recording/Tract Index/Imaging/Web Access of recorded daily documents, Real Estate Records, Deeds, Mortgages, Uniform Commercial Code, Subdivision Plats, Condominium Plats, Cemetery Plats, Transportation Project Plats, Certified Survey Maps, Federal Tax Liens and Lis Pendens, etc. Forms available for the following:  Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Returns/Electronic Real Estate Transfer Returns; Farm Name Registrations, Century Farm Applications, Firm Name Registration, Applications for Transfer of Joint Property to Surviving Joint Tenant, Mineral Claims, etc. Birth, Marriage, Death and Divorce Certificates, Military Discharges and Certified Copies of the same. Credit Cards accepted for certified copies of Vital Record Certificates and copies of Real Estate documents.  Recorded and filed documents date from 1854 to present.

Who We Are
The Office of the Register of Deeds (noted often hereafter, as ROD) was established in Wisconsin in 1836. The 1848 Wisconsin Constitution established the ROD as a permanent element of the county-level governmental structure. Each county in Wisconsin has a Register of Deeds.

The Register of Deeds files, records, and issues instruments and documents of significance both to the community as a whole and to its individual citizens. Vital records document the span of our lives from birth to death. Land records documenting title in Wisconsin are maintained.

The filing or recording of other documents with the ROD is a way of putting the world on notice that something important has happened or will happen. The time of the act or transaction is often an important element in rights or relationships. The ROD records the time when, in effect, the public record is established.