General Information

Washington County was established on October 27, 1849 and is responsible for maintaining a permanent repository of recorded documents for real property. Our public research area includes access to historical records along with several computers available for searching our computerized index using the RecordEASE system. Staff is available to provide a quick tutorial on how to search. RecordEASE is also available through a subscription service for use at your office or home.

Storage of Records

The first recorded document was on January 9, 1840, when Washington County was part of St. Croix County. Paper copies were kept by the county until January 31, 1967. Microfiche or microfilm copies were kept from that date until May 26, 2000. All records are stored on-site. Documents recorded after May 26, 2000 are available as electronic images only and are stored on our server.

Searching the Database

Washington County’s automated tract index began on January 1, 1984. All records from that date forward are available electronically and are fully searchable by several criteria including grantor / grantee, document type, legal description, and date range. All Abstract plats and historical tract pages have been scanned and are available as electronic images. In addition, mortgage documents recorded from November 5, 1887 to December 31, 1983, and deed documents recorded from February 28, 1952 to December 31, 1983, are available as electronic images.