The latest on real estate recordings and new technology from the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell
Several months ago we commenced work on our “chain of title” project which will link together all the deeds in the chain of title for each property in our district. It’s certainly an enormous undertaking but we’ve made a good start. We’re about to finish up the town of Dracut after which we will move on to Chelmsford. Here’s how we’re accomplishing the work: Using a combination of the ownership information used by the town assessors and sales information extracted from our own registry indexes, we create a street by street report, listing the address of each property and then the book and page number and date of each deed in our database that is affiliated with that parcel. Our employees then view the image of that deed and search for the title reference to the deed into the grantor. We then go to the image of that document and repeat the process. Our goal on the first pass through each town is to reach back to the 1950s. Of course, if a deed contains no title reference or an ambiguous or erroneous one, we simply by-pass that property and will return to it later. Our eventual goal is to link each set of deeds to that particular property’s overhead photograph and parcel data which are held by and readily available from MassGIS. We have a mock-up of the application we envision on our website at this link.
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