Two bills will make transactions with the Register of Deeds office easier, Monroe County Register of Deeds Deb Brandt said.
The first bill allows genealogists to post pre-1907 vital records online to share with other enthusiasts. Prior to the bill’s passage, a person could be guilty of a felony if a pre-1907 record was copied. The bill also says that if a record is posted online, it must be stamped “not for identity purposes.” Brandt said the bill ensures that a record will not be used in an attempt to steal someone’s identity.
The second bill requires a real estate transfer fee return for all conveyances except those made prior to Oct. 1, 1969. Brandt said the bill creates standardization so that all conveyances require a return and that no group is exempt. She also said it will increase transparency by allowing the public to view all property transfers and will assist local government assessors and local treasurers. The eRETR is the instrument used to update the county tax roll, update ownership records with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and maintain details on a particular property.
Both bills, which were supporeted by the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association, were signed into law Feb. 4 by Gov. Scott Walker.