Register of Deeds
A register of deeds is a county record of real estate ownership within that county, including land, homes, and commercial properties. In many areas, the county clerk is responsible for maintaining the register of deeds, however, in other places, the officer of the register of deeds is a separate assigned or elected position.
When you purchase any type of real estate, you will receive the property deed. In order for a real estate transaction to be completed, the seller must transfer the title and ownership to you (or your bank, mortgage company, or other authorized agents). However, the deed must also be filed with the register of deeds to record the sale.
The registry of deeds is a part of public records and can be accessed by anyone. However, you may have to pay a fee to get an informational copy of a deed or record.