One of the things I love about Massachusetts is how much history we have here, and it’s especially evident when you work in the real estate field. I’ve seen homes built in the early 1700s that are still being used and loved every day, but if that’s not enough for you, just head down to the Registry of Deeds and check out some of the old land records.
The Norfolk Registry of Deeds just hit a significant milestone – they’ve printed their 35,000th book! Here’s what the Registry has to say about this event:
“Celebrating a significant landmark at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, Register William P. O’Donnell today announced the Registry recently completed printing its 35,000th book of recorded land documents.
Register O’Donnell noted, “The printing of our 35,000th book – which includes but are not limited to such documents as deeds, mortgage discharges, and homesteads – is truly a significant milestone and a testament to the volume of work completed day in and day out here at the Registry. It also irretrievably links us to the Registry’s rich history that dates back to 1793, when George Washington was President.
“While we continue to print books, the Registry has embraced cutting edge technology allowing us to record land documents instantaneously. Documents are scanned and available for viewing within 24 business hours of recording at http://www.norfolkdeeds.org.
“Our computer systems are backed up on a nightly and weekly basis. This redundancy allows the Registry to maintain a permanent record of all land document recordings in the event of a disaster affecting our building at 649 High Street, Dedham. Additionally, the Registry also microfilms all recorded land documents and ships the microfilm off-site to a secure location to be retrieved in the event of a catastrophe.”
Residents and those with an interest in Norfolk County property are encouraged to visit the Registry of Deeds. Users of the Registry have the additional option to view land documents by whichever means they are comfortable with, either hard copy via books or on-line by one of our many computer workstations available to the public.
Concluding his remarks, O’Donnell stated, “The Registry takes its role very seriously to serve as a depository for all recorded Norfolk County land documents, which is approximately 6,000,000 records. While we have embraced the latest technology to improve efficiencies, the printing of books allows us to keep a permanent record of each land document on-site.”
To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.
The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website http://www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register William P. O’Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds