Columbia County - Karen Manske
Office Address: 400 DeWitt St., P.O. Box 133, Portage, WI 53901
Office hours:  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
Telephone - 608-742-9677: Fax Number - 608-742-9875
Please be advised that the tract index begins January 1, 2006 - Grantor/Grantee searching is required prior to that date.  The cut-off reception time is 3:30 p.m.  Documents presented for recording after 3:30 p.m. will be processed the next day.
Online Services
Access to Real Estate Records in Columbia County
Order Birth, Death and Marriage Records Online

About Karen: Karen was appointed to the office on November 24, 2014. She has worked in the office for 12 years prior to her appointment.  Prior to her joining the county, she was employed for 15 years in the banking industry, primarily in real estate lending. Karen currently serves on the finance council at her church and is the secretary of the Lewiston Plan Commission.  Karen is married to Bob and they have two grown children.


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About the Register of Deeds office The Columbia County Register of Deeds Office currently has 2 full time positions. In 2011, 12,000 real estate documents were recorded, in addition to processing birth, death, marriage, domestic partnership records and military discharges.

The implementation of Fidlar Software in 2005 has provided the Register of Deeds office with many enhancements. The software has not only improved workflow efficiency for staff, but includes a tract index, eRecording, and on-line access to real estate records. These enhancements have not only increased productivity, but have also provided customers with alternative searching capabilities that were not accessible in the past. Register of Deeds staff is in the process of completing a large back scanning project that will allow online access to real estate records dating back to 1958 through the current date.

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About Columbia County:  Columbia County was first organized in 1846, but long before Wisconsin history began, Columbia County was an important place to the people of early times. It is unknown how many hundreds of years ago Indians began using the Fox-Wisconsin waterway, carrying their canoes across the narrow portage between these rivers. It is known that in 1673, two Miami Indians guided French explorers, Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette to this portage. Columbia County has also been notable for honoring and respecting its women, the most famous of whom was the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Zona Gale. Columbia County is located in south-central Wisconsin and has a total land area of approximately 778 square miles. Columbia County's population is approximately 53,862. The county seat is Portage. Columbia County is comprised of 21 townships, 10 villages and 4 cities.

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