The Recorder's Office is responsible for all the real estate records for properties located in Sibley County. Permanent records of deeds, mortgages and other various real estate records are recorded/filed in this office. All documents are examined to ensure they contain the required information. Another important function of the Recorder's Office is to protect and issue certified copies of Birth and Death Records.
The Office of County Recorder, formerly called Register of Deeds, was established by the Territorial Legislature as a depository for land records. At this time all land records were filed under the abstract system. The Minnesota Legislature enacted a statute in 1901 allowing registration of land in counties with over 75,000 inhabitants. In 1909 the act was amended to include the entire state and Registrar of Titles was added to our name. District Court controls the registration of land under the Torrens system, and directs the Registrar as well as appointing an Examiner of Titles as legal advisor.
The County Recorder is the custodian of all legal records pertaining to real estate in the county. County government is dependent upon taxation for its existence and it is the land that is taxed. All other county offices depend on the accuracy of real estate records. The public depends on the accuracy and current status of these records. This involves recording deeds, mortgages and approximately 400 different real estate documents.