100 W Broadway, Suite 2
Montesano, WA 98563
|Main Line: (360) 249-4232
|New Office Hours
Open During Lunch
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday Through Friday
The Recordings Section of the Auditor’s Office is the official repository of all documents that affect real property and many of the official records of the county. They have the responsibility to store the record, and then index them for retrieval and use by anyone needing them.
Real estate records provide a chain of ownership based on the names of the owners, since the inception of the county. They include documents such as deeds, mortgages, contracts, liens, and titles.
The oldest deed is dated June 21, 1856 – well before we became a state. Richard Hilyer purchased a 180’ square lot for $100. The very next transaction we have on record is the same Richard Hilyer selling the lot for $176!
Surveys and plat maps are also filed in this office with copies available on request.
Each year this section processes over 20,000 transactions and maintains 800,000 indexed items on record.
Although the primary records are for real estate transactions, we also maintain a record of county commissioner meetings, marriage licenses, military discharges, and some death records.
County birth and death records from 1892 up to 1907 are on file and of great use for genealogists. Other historical documents dating back to 1856 can also be found.
Copies of the oldest documents and some basic forms are available by clicking on the link below
Responsibilities of Auditors
The Auditor’s office only verifies the following information:
- Correct fees are collected
- Indexing information is complete
- Document is legible
- Document is formatted correctly
- Giving legal advice.
- Helping fill out documents.
- Suggesting what type of document to use.
- Accepting illegible documents.
- Recording documents other than those specified by the state of Washington and federal law.