Lowell Deeds

The latest on real estate recordings and new technology from the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell

January 9, 2006

Sample Check

by @ 10:09 am. Filed under Archived

Last week we got our first look at the digital image samples created from the South Middlesex Microfilm. These records span the years 1628-1855 (the opening of the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds) and are very historical in nature. A company named PaperTrac did the test work. Six rolls of microfilm were converted to electronic images, 4 rolls of Record Books and two rolls of Indexes. The images from these six rolls filled fourteen CDs. On Friday I checked all fourteen rolls. Overall, the images were excellent…They will surely be a great resource. Even while quickly scanning the CDs I found the records intriguing. I saw a number of references to “Indian” transactions and to Wamiset, a name often used to refer to old Tewksbury and parts of old Dracut. These records include the names of local family such as the “Coburns in Dracut”; the “Trulls and the Kittredges in Tewksbury”; the “Bridges in Chelmsford” etc. I am hoping these records will be available for public use in the next two months.

Time of Recording & Internet Appearance

by @ 7:48 am. Filed under Registry Ops, FAQs

Someone asked me this question:

How quickly is a document received by the registry of deeds “recorded” and how soon after the document is recorded does it appear on the registry’s website?

Documents brought to us by a human being are recorded as the person is standing there. When the customer walks away from the recording counter, the document is already on recorded and as soon as a document is on recorde (i.e., in our computer system), the recording information about that document is immediately available on the website. Documents that are sent to us by mail (about 40% of our total recording volume) are almost always recorded the same day that they are received. All documents are usually scanned the day after they are recorded, so the images of newly recorded documents are typically available within 24 hours of recording. But again, data about newly recorded documents (the parties involved, property address, type of document, etc) is available immediately.

Legal Notices

by @ 7:36 am. Filed under Real Estate, Legal Notices

People frequently ask us about legal notices that appear in the local newspapers. Because not everyone reads the fine print of the newspaper with regularity, we’ve decided to try an experiment here, to use this blog to post summaries of some of the real estate related legal notices that appear in the Lowell Sun. Not all notices will be posted here and there is not legal responsibility for doing this. We simply offer this information as a service to the public. Here are some notices that appeared on January 6, 2006:

Lowell Planning Board Public Hearings for Jan 17, 2006 meeting
94-106 Rock Str - site plan approval - rehab existing building & construct new 6900 sf structure
1095 Westford St - site plan review - construction of 34500 sf commercial, retail & office building
93-101 & 100-104 Smith St - site plan & special permit - 33 townhouse condominium units

Foreclosure Sales
5 Bixby Ln, Unit 5, Westford on Jan 17, 2006
180 Hale St, Lowell on Jan 16, 2006

Please let us know if you think this service will be helpful

Planning Board Regulations

by @ 6:58 am. Filed under Local Govt

Someone sent an email asking if we had a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the Planning Board of the town of Dracut. We do - they are recorded at book 9180, page 153 - but they are also 60 pages long. The new Indexing Standards recommend that each registry of deeds create a separate “Subdivision Control File” that contains information such as these planning board regulations. We’ve started compiling such a file which we’ll make available on our website, of course. In the meantime, here’s a link to the Dracut regs in PDF format.

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