Lowell Deeds

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February 25, 2008

Registered Land Certificates

by @ 7:51 am. Filed under Registry Ops

For a long time we’ve been talking about scanning our Registered Land Certificates. It finally looks like this will become a reality. Many of the present certificate books are stuffed and can barely fit additional pages. Interestingly enough, over the years these books were constructed using various binding styles…there are some bound with posts, some glued and stitched and some held together with a slide latch. Registered Land Certificates are wider and longer than a normal page. They measure about 10″x15″…they can’t be scanner on an “everyday” scanner. A wide-mouth scanner is needed to capture the entire image. “Ah, there’s the rub”(no, not opposing “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”) …rather, capturing the entire certificate image. Our MIS Director has been working on this problem for the past week. Yes, we have a wide-mouth scanner….but, the software isn’t set right , yet. The problem is the software was designed for smaller paper. And capturing 99% of the page is not good enough. We need to get it all. We have made excellent progress in this area and think we’ll be scanning 100% by the end of the week.

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