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Abstract and Torrens Property

Abstract title property is the most common form of title found in Douglas County.  An Abstract of Title is a history of the recorded title to a tract of land.  It is a document which consists of a summary of material parts of every recorded instrument affecting the title.  It begins with a legal description of land covered by the Abstract, and then shows the original patent and all subsequent recorded documents.


Torrens title is property in which the title is under the supervision of the District Court.  Under the supervision of the Court, the Registrar of Titles issues and maintains Certificates of Title.  Torrens property is separate and distinct from title to Abstract property.  Under Minnesota Statutes, the County Recorder is also the acting Registrar of Titles.