The Registry of Deeds Office processes information as it relates to the buying and selling of real property. The recording of important documents is one of the oldest functions performed by government. The recording process is mandated and governed by the law of the State of New Hampshire. The data base of the Grafton County Registry of Deeds contains over 3 million images of documents, and over 23,000 images of subdivision plans and surveys. Only copies obtained from the official Registry of Deeds records are considered to be the official public record. The official records maintained here date from 1773 to present day. At the present time, only 283 books of 4013 remain un-scanned to a digital record. Records from 1773-1879 and 1934 to present day are available digitally.
Registry staff works daily to enter the remaining books. Indexes are available from 1960 forward. In 1959 Register Charles "Bunny" Woods, the longest serving Register made a difficult decision recognizing that from 1773 forward the information indexed was being under B, all towns under T and all churches under C and so on. To correct this system error would require present staff to re-index 186 years of daily entry. We are near completion of the indexes of 1955-1959. To research the oldest record one must either know the book and page you are looking for or begin the search in the present and work their way back through time by book and page notation.
Grafton County is one of five original Counties established in 1769 by the New Hampshire Legislature. It covers 1,747 square miles and includes 38 towns, one city (Lebanon), and one unincorporated town (Livermore).
A visit to the Registry of Deeds during regular hours enables access to all records. Records from 1960 to present are computerized. Copies are available online with a subscriber account. If you do not have an account, you may pick up copies at our office or mail us a written request along with the appropriate fee.
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