Belknap | FAQs

Belknap County

Judith A McGrath, Register
64 Court Street
Laconia, New Hampshire 03246
Tel. (603)527-5420
Office Hours – Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
E-Recording 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
In-Office Recording 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

General Inquiries:
Belknap Registry Home

Belknap Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Add or Change a Name on my Deed?
The only way to change or add a name to a deed is by having a new deed prepared. We cannot do this for you. We suggest that you consult a lawyer to prepare the document.

How Do I Find a Plan of My Land?
Not all deeds have plans that accompany them. If your property is part of a subdivision, a plan is probably available and we will help you locate it. If a former owner had the property surveyed, we will show you how to use the plan index to locate it.

I Need to Know How Much I Paid for My Property
When you purchased the property, you paid a transfer tax based on the selling price. The tax rate has changed over the years and there is a schedule of the various rates posted throughout the Registry. The date of the deed will determine the rate at the time of your purchase and the tax stamp can be converted to a selling price.

I Had a Lien Against Me Which Has Now Been Paid
We do not originate any records here, our function is to record documents brought to this office and cannot release any liens without a proper written release or discharge. An original release must be obtained from the party that placed the lien against you and then recorded with the Registry to remove the lien from the title. The original records are never removed but become part of the title of the property. An abstractor researching the records would find the lien has been satisfied once the release is recorded.

I Want to Know Who Owns a Piece of Property
All records in the Registry are indexed by owner’s name, not a property address. You must have a name and if not, then you should contact the city assessor or the town tax collector where the property is located. They will have the property owner’s name listed for that property.

CAVEAT – Remember, the index is only a pointer to the actual document and should not be relied on. It is necessary to peruse the actual document to ascertain the legitimacy of the document.

We recommend that you consult with a lawyer for all legal matters pertaining to preparing, interpreting and changing the records.

How To View Old Strafford County Records
To search the old Strafford County Records which include volumes 1 through 18 insert the prefix 90 followed by the book number. i.e. 9002, 9018
Grantee Index can be found at : 9019
Grantor Index can be found at: 9020
Please note: Prior to 1840, Belknap County was part of Strafford County.