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County Clerk, Nancy E. Rister

Photo of Nancy E. RisterNancy E. Rister was appointed County Clerk on June 5, 1998 and won election to the office with 81.7% of the vote in the general election of November, 1998. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accountancy and Information Systems from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. Her management career in several businesses has given her extensive experience in the supervision of employees, preparation of operational and capital budgets and financial statements, formulation of policies and procedures, and hands-on experience in running an office efficiently.

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County Clerk

The County Clerk is one of the oldest of all state governmental offices, established in 1836 and authorized by the Texas Constitution which states in part:

There shall be elected for each County, by qualified voters, a County Clerk, who shall hold his Office for four years, who shall be Clerk of the County and Commissioners' Courts and Recorder of the County, whose duties, perquisites and fees of Office shall be prescribed by Legislature ...

Nancy E. Rister is the Williamson County Clerk managing an office organized into these divisions:

Clerk of the Courts

Records

Commissioners Court

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Williamson County Official Public Records Audit Report

Click here to get a copy of the Williamson County Official Public Records Audit Report.

What to look for:  Search our Official Public Records for your Deed of Trust.  On it should be your Original Lender's name.  Then look for any Assignments that show who you have made your mortgage payments to because the note was transferred to that entity.  You do that by entering your last name first name in the "Grantor" field of the search screen. Look for ASSN, SI and DT documents to start your paper trail.  If there are missing links or nothing there at all regarding your current mortgage payee, call the last lender that you paid and see if they will help you by filing an Assignment document which assigns your mortgage to them.  If not, call the Better Business Bureau or the AG's Consumer Protection office or seek the advice of a competant attorney who has received training on foreclosures. 

If you have received a foreclosure notice, there are other items to look for on the documents includeing the order in which the entity filed the Notice of Substitute Trustee and subsequent documents.  You may also need to check the list of alleged robo-signers to see if that may also be a problem.  There are various websites that can educate you on the foreclosure process. 

Texas Property Code  Sec. 11.001.  PLACE OF RECORDING.  (a)  To be effectively recorded, an instrument relating to real property must be eligible for recording and must be recorded in the county in which a part of the property is located.  However, if such an instrument grants a security interest by a utility as defined in Section 261.001, Business & Commerce Code, the instrument may be recorded as required by Sections 261.004 and 261.006 of that code, and if such instrument is so recorded, the lien and the secured interest created by such instrument shall be deemed perfected for all purposes.

Texas Local Government Code 192.001 General items.  The county clerk shall record each deed, mortgage or other instrument that is required or permitted by law to be recorded. 

192.007 To release, transfer, assign or take another action relating to an instrument that is filed, registered or recorded in the office of the county clerk, a person must file, register, or record another instrument relating to the action in the same manner as the original isntrument was required to be filed, registered or recorded. 

Link to forms to be filed in the District Clerk's office to protest a fraudulent lien.

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County Clerk Receives Five Star Vital Award for Fifteenth Consecutive Year

During the 58th Annual Conference on Vital Statistics in Austin on Dec. 5-7th, the Williamson County Clerk’s office was presented for the fifteenth consecutive year the Five Star Vital Registration Award by the Texas Department of Health, State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit. This award is presented annually for exemplary work in the area of Vital Registration. The criteria for qualifications of this award include timeliness of filing registrations entered into the state database by the clerk’s office, annual training at conferences, use of the Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) for all birth, death and marriage registrations, completing an assessment survey, and use State Dept. of Health required banknote paper. This year's competition included over 529 local registrars, out of which there were only 49 local registrars across the state that met the five specific criteria needed to achieve this prestigious award. Thirty-three were County Clerks' offices who met the exemplary designation. Three employees in the Vital Statistics area attended the conference, Shirley Merkord, Carla Kern, and Paula Faris. Mrs. Rister attributed the fifteenth consecutive win to her staff who have strived to maintain the high standards. The annual three-day conference included topics on TER Birth Registration, Detecting Fraud, Local Registrar Statutes-Rider 72 Recommendations, Data Quality and System Integration, Marriage License Issuance for Dummies, TER Death Registration, Local Registrar Panel, Unusual Birth Scenarios, Passport Fraud,
 Paternity Certification and others.
 

 

Image of Award

 The 2012 Five Star Vital Registration Award


 


Shirley Merkord, Nancy Rister, Carla Kern, and Paula Faris accept the 2012 award



 

2012 5-Star Award acknowledged in Commissioners' Court



Shirley Merkord receives her Master Registrar Certification at the 2006 Conference in Austin


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Justice Center
Williamson County Justice Center
County Clerk
405 Martin Luther King St
Georgetown, TX 78626-4901


FOR INQUIRIES REGARDING DIVORCE CASES, 

PLEASE CONTACT THE DISTRICT CLERK AT

512-943-1212.

Nancy Rister
County Clerk


Records Division

(512) 943-1515
(512) 943-1616 fax
Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
 
Civil/Probate Division
(512) 943-1140
(512) 943-1154 fax
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm
 
Criminal Court Division
(512) 943-1150
(512) 943-1445 fax
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm
 
Commissioners Court Records
(512) 943-1515
 
For issues related to the County Clerk's web pages, please send comments to mcavender@wilco.org

 

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710 Main Street Georgetown, TX 78626
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