Abbreviations used prior to
January 1st, 2013

Standard Abbreviations
And (&)
Association (ASSN)
Company (CO)
Corporations (CORP)
Deceased (DEC)
Department (DEPT)
Incorporated (INC)
Limited (LTD)
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Number (#)
National Association (NA)
United States of America (USA)
Wisconsin* (WIS*)

Abbreviations for Government Agencies

  • (Name of Municipality) COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
  • DANE COUNTY CLERK
  • DANE COUNTY DEPT SOCIAL SERVICES (nka DANE COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES)
  • DANE COUNTY HIGHWAY & TRANSPORATION DEPT
  • DEFOREST REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
  • JOINT SCHOOL DISTRICT #1 VILLAGE OF MARSHALL (or whatever)
  • MADISON HOUSING AUTHORITY
  • MADISON LANDMARKS COMMISSION
  • MADISON METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT (may add "BOARD OF" at end if on document)
  • REGENTS, BOARD OF UW SYSTEM (The comma has been used for many years - we are stuck with it for now.)
  • SECRETARY OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT
  • SHERIFF OF DANE COUNTY
  • STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WIS
  • UNIVERSITY OF WIS CREDIT UNION
  • UNIVERSITY OF WIS FOUNDATION
  • USA AGRICULTURAL STABLIZATION & CONSERVATION SERVICE
  • USA DEPT AG
  • USA DEPT AG COMMODITY CREDIT CORP
  • USA DEPT AG RURAL HOUSING SERVICE
  • USA DEPT HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT
  • USA FHA DEPT AG
  • USA FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE DEPT INTERIOR
  • USA INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
  • USA RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION
  • USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
  • US BANKRUTPCY COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WIS
  • US DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WIS
  • US MARSHALL FOR WESTERN DISTRICT OF WIS
  • US SECRETARY TREASURY DISTRICT OF MILWAUKEE
  • VETERANS AFFAIRS BY ADMINISTRATOR
  • VETERANS AFFAIRS BY SECRETARY
  • WHEDA - also key as WIS HOUSING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
  • WIS DEPT AGRICULTURE TRADE & CONSUMER PROTECTION
  • WIS DEPT HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES (nka WIS DEPT HEALTH & FAMILY SERVICES)
  • WIS DEPT NATURAL RESOURCES
  • WIS DEPT REVENUE
  • WIS DEPT TRANSPORTATION
  • WIS DEPT VETERANS AFFAIRS
  • WIS DEPT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
  • WIS HOUSING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Abbreviations for Private Sector Organizations

Note: for banks, lenders, and credit union names, key them as they are given on the document)

  • AMERICAN LEGION POST 50-ELMER PETERSON (or whatever name)
  • BILL WEBER JR HOMES INC - also key as WEBER, BILL J HOMES INC - exception to "key as see" rule
  • DON SIMON HOMES INC - also key as SIMON, DON HOMES INC - exception to key as you see rule
  • FOUR LAKES COUNCIL 415 (or whatever) BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
  • HEART O WIS BROADCASTERS INC
  • JOSEPH WAYNE CORP
  • MERS - also key as MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS INC- exception to rule
  • MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS INC
  • PHI DELTA THETA WIS CHAPTER HOUSE ASSN
  • PRINCETON CUSTOM HOMES INC
  • ST VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY DISTRICT COUNCIL OF MADISON INC
  • SIMON, DON HOMES INC - also key as DON SIMON HOMES INC - exception to key as you see rule
  • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
  • STATE BAR OF WIS
  • STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF WIS
  • VFW POST 7591-DONALD & GALEN DAY (or whatever)
  • WEBER, BILL J HOMES INC- also key as BILL WEBER JR HOMES INC - exception to key as see rule
  • WIS CONFERENCE TRUSTEES OF UNITED METHODIST CHURCH INC
  • WIS EDUCATION ASSN
Kristi Chlebowski
Register of Deeds

Office Address

City County Building Room 110 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Madison, WI 53703

Office Hours

Mon - Fri
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM

Real Estate
Search Line

(608) 266-4144
8:00-11:30 AM
and
1:30-3:30 PM

Vital Records

(608) 266-4142

General Information

(608) 266-4141

TTY

Call Wisconsin Relay 711

Office Fax

(608) 267-3110

Mailing Address

PO Box 1438 Madison, WI 53701-1438
Vital Records will not be issued after 4:15 Public searching will not be allowed after 4:15 PM