Belknap | General Information

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

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Belknap County General Information

466.6 square miles – 298, 624 acres of land
Population 56,325

The County of Belknap was the 9th County to be formed in the State of New Hampshire. Prior to 1840, it was formerly a part of Strafford County, which was one of the five original counties formed in 1771. Many of the early land titles that pertain to Belknap County residents today were originally recorded in Strafford County. In the early 1930’s during the WPA, those records were copied and are housed in volumes 1 through 18 in the Belknap County Registry of Deeds.
Belknap County takes in the lake’s region area and is located in the central part of the state.
The County was named in honor of the Rev. Jeremy Belknap, the early historian of New Hampshire. It includes the City of Laconia and 10 towns. The County seat is located in Laconia.

What is available in the history?
All of the records are indexed as Grantor and Grantee. Grantors include Sellers, Debtors, Assignors and Mortgagors. Grantees include Buyers, Assignees and Mortgagees.
Index books containing Grantor and Grantee records, listed alphabetically and by year, are located in the three vaults. These same indexes are available on two different computer systems, depending on the time frame that you are looking for.
The retrieval computer terminals, located in the vaults, allow you to access the index information dating back from 1765 to the present, as well as access the documents at the same time. As you log onto the terminal using your name, it allows you options for printing any information that you find. Your name will appear on the copies that you order. There are numerous options available on these computer screens to allow you to highlight an index entry and view the document. You can also use the print option to make copies of documents as you work on these terminals. The copies will be available to you after you log off of the terminal and answer the question of whether you want to send your print request to the printer.
Instructions for using these terminals are at each station. If further assistance is needed in using these terminals, please do not hesitate to ask any staff member.
All of the documents up to December 31, 1999 are stored in hard copy deed books. Effective January 1, 2000 deeds may be viewed on the optical system only.

A Plan Index is available dating from 1765 to present day. Prior to 1988 paper plans were recorded and they were stored in Plan Books. Effective January 1, 1988 only Mylar plans were accepted for recording and they are referenced as a Drawer number.
Plans are listed under the owners names, Development name, Subdivision or Condominium name. If you do not know the name of the developer, etc., but only the location of the property, we also have a street name file which may help you locate a plan of the area you are interested in.
Copies of plans are available from the optical system retrieval stations. All plans recorded after January 1, 1988 (all Mylar plans) may be obtained in a full scale version.

Special Accommodations
Priority seating for senior citizens and persons with disabilities is available. If you need assistance, please ask the staff. The larger terminals with index and document images are available for persons requiring this service.