Strafford County, NH
Catherine A. Berube, Register | Lynn Williams, Deputy Register
259 County Farm Road, Suite 202
Dover, New Hampshire 03820
Tel. (603)742-1741 Fax (603)749-5130
Office hours – Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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** Notice **
Starting March 17, 2020, the Strafford County Registry of Deeds office will be closed to the public due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19.
Documents to be recorded will need to be submitted electronically or through the US mail. If a document needs to be sent by Fed-Ex or UPS please call ahead to make arrangements with our staff. If time is of the essence for a document to be recorded, then it is suggested that documents be e-filed.
Although the Registry of Deeds’ office will be closed to the public, if it is necessary to hand deliver documents, please call our office for an appointment and a staff member will meet you in the lobby to collect your paperwork.
Currently, the staff at the Registry of Deeds will continue to come into the office to record and index documents. If the situation arises where staff is unable to come into the office, we have a contingency plan to be able to remotely record documents that have been e-filed.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this ever evolving situation. Please keep informed by visiting our website or please call with any questions.
Upcoming Laredo/Tapestry Webinars
Searching with Laredo v8 Desktop, Laredo Anywhere, and Tapestry Webinars. These webinars cover the basics of searching with Laredo and Tapestry while also highlighting the new features in the latest version of Laredo. By attending, both new users and experienced users will learn how to effectively search county land records with some helpful tips and tricks. The webinars are hosted on the second and third Thursday of each month and start at 10 AM (CST). Each webinar lasts about 45 minutes.
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**NOTICE October 11, 2018**
Strafford County Registry of Deeds is pleased to announce that in early 2019 we will be upgrading our recording software. Several other NH counties have already completed their upgrades to the new system and are happy with the results.
The new in-house system for our staff is called AVID and this will be utilized by the staff for recording and indexing documents. The new search software is known as LAREDO. This will change the way the public will view and search records.
This is a necessary upgrade, as our current system has been in place for many years and is now very dated and dependent upon a JAVA platform which has several security issues. Fidlar Technologies, our vendor, will no longer support the current mechanism as it is based upon outdated technology and is more vulnerable to security breaches.
It is my goal that this transition be as smooth as possible for the public and the Registry of Deeds’ staff. I am sensitive to the fact that there is going to be a learning curve to use the new system for most searchers. In light of this, and in partnership with Fidlar Technologies, we will be scheduling several training sessions prior to the system going live.
Thank you for your anticipated patience during this transition. Please contact me with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or my direct line is 516-7150.
Catherine A. Berube
Strafford County Register of Deeds
LCHIP Recording Surcharge Information, Effective July 1 , 2008
Effective March 1, 2015, SEPARATE CHECKS ARE REQUIRED FOR:
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!!!Property Fraud Alert!!!
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney issued the following consumer alert to all New Hampshire property owners:
Consumers should be aware of mailings being sent to property owners throughout the state from companies using the names: SECURED DOCUMENT SERVICES, and DEED RETRIEVAL SERVICES
The mailings appear to be official government notices recommending, “that all United States [or New Hampshire] homeowners obtain a copy of their current grant deed” and further indicate that, for a fee of $86.00 or $87.00, these companies will provide the property owner with a copy of their Grant Deed and a Property Profile. (Click here for more information)
INFORMATION ON HOW TO ORDER OR PRINT COPIES OF A REGISTRY RECORD
The recording of important documents is one of the oldest functions preformed by government. Centuries before the birth of Christ, the practice of stamping an official seal on documents was common.
Shortly after 1587, the first English settlers mysteriously disappeared from what is now North Carolina. They left the word “CROATAN” carved in a tree. This may be one of the first recordings in the New World.
Strafford County was one of the five original Counties by an Act of General Assembly on April 29, 1769, but it was not to become effective until approved by King George III. On March 19, 1771 County government in New Hampshire received the royal blessing and it became a reality. One of the main reasons for the creation of Strafford County and her sister Counties was to make “legal services, especially the registering of property ownership and recording of deeds and other transactions, be made more accessible.” And since 1771, this office has been making those documents available to the public.
The Registry office is easily accessible from the Spaulding Turnpike. Take Exit 9 West, then left at the lights to the intersection with Sixth Street, then right for about one mile to County Farm Road, which is on the left. After one mile you will see the Strafford County Court House on the right. The Registry is located on the first floor.
The official records maintained at the Registry of Deeds is located at 259 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820, contain real estate records dating from 1771 to present. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, however we stop recording at 4:00 PM. A visit to our office will enable a researcher access to all our records, index, plans as well as document images. Copies of documents may be obtained at our 259 County Farm Road location for a fee. Faxed copies may be obtained if the user has established a charge account in advance.
Other pertinent information relative to Recording Requirements and Recording fees are available at the office or call (603) 742-1741. Specific questions can be directed to the Registry staff at StraffordRecordings@nhdeeds.com