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Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds office is responsible for maintaining and securing the land records of the county.  It is a separate office in counties that have more than 20,000 in population.  It is the duty of the Register of Deeds to record documents submitted for filing, in the order in which they are presented for filing, such as deeds, mortgages, assignments, releases, construction liens, tax liens (federal and state), UCC filings, plats, and other instruments and writings presented for recording.


Documents are entered into the numerical tract indexes and entered into the computer system, which automatically generates the alphabetical grantor/grantee indexes.  All recorded documents are also microfilmed and scanned.  A book and page number was assigned to all documents prior to January 1, 2013.  After January 1, 2013, an instrument number is assigned to all documents.

All documents recorded in the Register of Deeds office are public records.  Therefore, copies of any recorded documents are available to view or purchase.  Primary users of this office include realtors, title and abstract companies, banks, law firms, appraisers, and genealogists.


Washington County currently has certain records available online.  You can obtain data by searching grantor/grantee or by legal description and print copies free of charge.  We currently have data to view from January 1, 1993, to present and documents available for viewing or printing from January 1, 1993, to present.

The website address is

Public Documents & Links


        (Form 521 required with Death Certificates pursuant to Transfers on

         Death Deeds)


Carolyn Stodola, Register of Deeds

Carolyn Stodola
P.O. Box 446
Blair, NE  68008
(402) 426-6824
Fax: (402)426-6825


First floor, Courthouse Building
1555 Colfax Street, Blair, NE

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