Lowell Deeds

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September 8, 2006

Another Registry of Deeds Blog

by @ 8:26 am. Filed under Website, Registry Ops

While researching the nationwide treatment of document format standards - yes, they’re coming to Massachusetts in January, but more on that next week - I came upon another blog written by a register of deeds. Jeff L. Thigpen, of the Guilford County (North Carolina) Registry of Deeds seems to have started his blog back in June 2004 as part of his successful campaign to be elected register. Fortunately, he continued writing on his blog although unlike this one, his is kept separate from his registry’s official website. There are some advantages to that, for he can venture into political, cultural and other topics that would be “no go” areas for an official government site. I especially enjoyed reading about that registry’s recent transition to a new computer system which is something we experienced back in July 2002. As for the official registry website, I found it informative and easy to use. There was a prominent section on preventing identity theft, a topic we’ve written about often but which hasn’t generated much enthusiasm here in the Commonwealth. I might even “borrow” a modified version of the downloadable “Register of Deeds Redaction Form” that customers can use to remove personal information from the registry’s website. Also of note is the registry’s “Good Deeds Team” which seems to be a group of registry employees who join together on a voluntary basis to support charitable and community activities. Both the blog and the Guilford website are excellent examples of how public agencies can utilize technology to better serve the public.

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