Lowell Deeds

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

February 8, 2007

9,039,773

by @ 4:36 pm. Filed under Registry Ops

That’s how many pages of records we have here at the registry as of December 31, 2006. We had done an extremely detailed survey of our records in December 2005, so when a request for information arrived from an “echelon above registry” (EAR) yesterday, we were able to respond quickly. Here’s how it’s broken down: There are 20,850 record books containing 7,610,050 pages. Of course, the last bound book we created was Book 12442 back in November 2001, so everything since then only exists as a computer image and on microfilm. (That 40% of the registry’s record books were created in just the past five years - which represents only 8% of the registry’s existence - is a topic for another day). We then have 282 “Middlesex South” books which contain documents from 1631 to 1855. These came into existence before this registry opened, so they were recorded initially in Cambridge and re-copied into our records in 1855. Then there are 270 Grantor/Grantee Index Books containing 66,600 pages (these are from 1855 to 1976 which is when all indexes shifted to the computer). There are 223 plan books containing 34,334 plans; 1,087,919 pages of registered land documents, and 78,000 pages of registered land certificates. All of this except the registered land certificates have been scanned and are available in electronic format.

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