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The primary duty of the county recorder is to record all deeds, mortgages, liens, and related papers in connection with the real estate in Goodhue County. The office also records financing statements which are public notices of liens on personal property, such as household goods, farm machinery, and crops.
In addition to real estate recording activity, the Recorder’s Office is a Registrar of Vital Statistics (birth, death, marriage), records military discharge papers, and is a Passport Agency.
Other documents registered in the Office of County Recorder are Estray Notices, Church Records, Articles of Incorporation, Federal and State Tax Liens, and Plats.
The County Recorder is responsible for the proper filing of all documents made a matter of public record and for the accuracy and safety of the official records and files left in their care and keeping. The official records in the County Recorder's Office contain full, true, and exact copies of original documents. Should the original become lost or destroyed, these official records may be the only evidence of the entire document in question.