What We Do
The following documents and services are available through the Register of Deeds:
- Certified copies of birth, death and marriage records
- Request to file a military discharge for safe keeping
In addition, the Office of the Register of Deeds records, scans and compiles an index of real estate documents, corporation papers and military discharges; records informal probate instruments; files and keeps an index of financing statements; collects the real estate transfer tax; and performs such other functions as provided, pursuant to Sections 59.51, 69.23 and other pertinent sections of the Wisconsin Statutes.
Our Mission: The mission of the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds Office is to provide timely, secure, accurate, archival accessible and cost-effective record systems and services that are delivered in a prompt and courteous manner.
Your Register of Deeds
Israel Ramón was appointed Milwaukee County Register of Deeds by Governor Tony Evers on May 10, 2019. He was elected to a full term on November 3rd, 2020. Prior to becoming Register of Deeds, he was an attorney in private practice for twenty-five years and a Milwaukee County Supplemental Court Commissioner for five years.
He holds an Associate of Science Degree from the College of Lake County, a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Business (magna cum laude) from Barat College of DePaul University and a Law Degree from Marquette University Law School. While in law school, he interned with the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
He serves as 2nd Vice President of the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association and is a member of its legislative committee. He also serves on the conference committee of PRIA - the Property Records Industry Association. He was listed as a leading lawyer by Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazine in 2014 and 2015. He is a Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation and a member in good standing of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin County Constitutional Officers (Legal Defense Fund), the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association and the LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin. He currently serves on the boards of the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS) and Safe & Sound. He previously served on the boards of the ACLU of Wisconsin, Voces de la Frontera, the MKE LGBT Community Center and was on the Milwaukee Water Commons Task Force. He is a former legal advisor to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Wisconsin and the Mexican Consulate of Chicago.
"I pledge to work very hard for the residents of Milwaukee County to meet the statutory obligations of the Register of Deeds Office, continue its efficient operations, improve on the delivery of services where needed, move the office forward technologically and be transparent in what we do to restore the public’s confidence in our operations.”
Israel Ramón - May 21, 2019
Your Chief Deputy Register of Deeds
Steve has been a part of the Register of Deeds Office since 2004, when he was appointed as Real Property Lister. Since 2017, he has been an Administrator overseeing all real estate services of the office. In June of 2023 he was appointed Chief Deputy Register of Deeds. Prior to working in the Register of Deeds Office, he worked in the Banking Industry specializing in mortgage servicing, default administration, risk management and real estate disposition
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