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The register of deeds files, records and issues documents of significance to both the community as a whole and to its individual citizens. Property tax rolls are derived from documents recorded in the office of the register of deeds. The filing or recording of various legal documents with the register of deeds provides constructive notice of the rights and interests that people have in real and personal property. Providing constructive notice regarding real estate allows the act of searching the records and the determination of clear title. This is necessary for the issuance of most home mortgages, business loans, and the sale of real estate. Every real estate document recorded since Oconto County was established in 1851 is stored and available for public view.

Birth, death and marriage certificates, declarations of domestic partnership, and certificates of termination of domestic partnership are kept on file in the register of deeds office. Records are maintained for events occurring in Oconto County, and we may also receive copies of birth or death records for county residents when the event occurs elsewhere in Wisconsin. Certified copies may be required for a variety of reasons, including school enrollment, job applications, to obtain a marriage license, for travel, to collect insurance benefits or to apply for social security benefits. Vital records are also of interest to historical researchers such as genealogists.