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Norfolk County goes high-tech on land


                        (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

If you were ever curious about what your neighborhood looked like in 1947, look no further than the Internet.

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell has announced the expansion of the internet accessible land records research available at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds website.

This ongoing project has extended and made available all recorded land indexes and images from 1954 back to and including 1947.

"Recorded land records are referenced by a book and page number based on the traditional Common Law recording system. This project has added online indexes back to 1947 and has greatly enhanced our current internet accessible library," Register O'Donnell said. "This is a real benefit for the practitioner and consumer alike as indexed records are the primary way to locate an applicable, but undetermined, book and page reference."

The next phase of the expansion will be take the online indexing capacity all the way back to 1911.

O'Donnell stated, "Our goals are to bring the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds into the homes, municipalities and businesses of Norfolk County and to improve the usefulness of the system to both real estate professionals and the general public."

The Norfolk Registry's internet library now includes every recorded document from over 26,700 volumes since the Registry's inception on September 3, 1793, and over 1.1 million documents filed in Norfolk County's Land Court District dating back to 1901.

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