The Register of Deeds files, records, and issues instruments and documents of significance to both 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 to over $223 billion* in real property in Wisconsin are maintained. Each year many millions of dollars in transactions, under the Uniform Commercial Code, are represented in documents filed to record the interests and obligation of the parties in such commercial transactions.
The filing or recording of various legal documents with the Register of Deeds is a way of putting the world on notice that something important has happened or will happen. The time of the transaction is often an important element in rights and relationships. The Register of Deeds records the time when, in effect, the public record is established. In legal terms, this important function is described as providing constructive notice for all the world to see the rights and interests that people have in real and personal property, as well as notice regarding births, deaths, and marriages which occurred within the County.