Tammy Theusch Beasley was elected New Hanover County Register of Deeds in November 2012. Her office is the branch of local government responsible for recording, indexing and storing authentic and official copies of public records, such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, DD214’s and property transfers. As the official custodian of legal records, the Register of Deeds office records over 1,000,000 pages of legal documents, 4,000 marriages, 12,000 deaths and 10,000 births yearly. Records maintained by the office date back to 1728.
Working collaboratively with professors and students from Cape Fear Community College, over 10,000 records of slave sales have been documented dating back to the 1820s. Tammy started the first “Thank- a- Veteran” program in a five county radius offering local business discounts for veterans who have recorded their DD214 with the Register of Deeds office. The office operates from two locations, in downtown Wilmington and at the New Hanover County Government Center.
Tammy is a graduate of George Washington University Government Management/Public Leadership, the University of North Carolina School of Government Advanced Register of Deeds School and she holds a Paralegal associate degree from Cape Fear Community College. When not recording important documents, Tammy can be found in the garden or canning the fresh produce she grows.
Most recently, Tammy was selected as Public Official of the Year for 2016 by the National Association of County Recorders, Elections Officials and Clerks.