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Guilford County Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds is elected in partisan elections every 4 years. The office is the custodian of documents recorded from the beginning of the county to the present day. It records real estate documents, births and deaths. The office also issues marriage licenses, handles notary commissions, military discharge recordings, and provides certified birth and death certificates, and other documents.

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  • Abdul Rashid Siddiqui
    (Rep)

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    Jeff L. Thigpen
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

Identify the most serious issue you see facing the office of the Register of Deeds.

How will you address this issue once you are elected?

In addition to yourself, how large a staff do you perceive is needed to effectively and efficiently serve the residents of your County?

What do you propose would be a fiscally responsible way to preserve the historical documents, and/or the important information they contain, that have not yet been digitized?

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Age (optional) 49
Contact Phone (336) 451-5300
email address jlthigpen@gmail.com
Twitter @jeffthigpen
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Position/philosophy statement I am committed to build the best organization using advanced technology, innovative business practices, and exceeding customer expectations.
The most serious issue facing the Register of Deeds office is building, using, and maintaining a technology infrastructure so our offices are efficient, effective and relevant. We have invested in eRecording of land records and online vital records. Our land records search goes back to 1771. Certified copies of vitals can be ordered online. We started Guilford County Thank a Vet which is now in 34 counties. Thank a Vet provides discounts online to veterans on goods and series at 350 businesses. The Slave Deeds Project provides searchable documents and an online community interview series particularly for African Americans doing genealogical and historical research. We leverage this technology to exceed customers expectations daily.
We are doing it now. We have increased data security and our ROD operating systems and completed significant auditing. We are working to make our data more secure, available, and searchable to the public through these changes. We are working to increase eRecording of land records to 80% each month and have waived convenience fees for ordering certified copies of vital records online during the COVID-19 pandemic. We've implemented videoconferencing for marriage applications and notary oaths. This options are incredibly popular.
We currently have 29 employees. Each employee is trained in the core services of the Register of Deeds. We supplement their training by ultimately gaining their certifications as Register of Deeds employees through the UNC Institute of Government. Each year they are offered additional training opportunities to keep up their certifications as well. We've added 2 part time employees to staff Guilford County Passport Services, the only "walk-in" passport office in the County. We are working diligently to reopen the office due to COVID.
The great news is we have preserved our historical documents back to 1771! This has been a tremendous success. We funded and completed this project over a 5 year period using automated enhancement funds which is safeguarding our historical documents for the next 75 years.