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Register's Association Meets in Plymouth

We were happy to host the Massachusetts Registers of Deeds Association meeting in Plymouth on Wednesday, May 19,2018. Registers from as far away as Pittsfield were able to join at one of the Association's regularly sheduled meeting to discuss technological advancements and pending legislation affecting Registries of Deeds thoughout Massachusetts.

Duxbury Daughters of the American Revolution Visit Registry

Last week, we hosted a visit of the Duxbury Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at our Plymouth office. After an operational tour of the Registry, they were shown several of our original Plymouth Colony records, including the will of Myles Standish. Special thanks to Ellen Maddox Blanchard, a member of the Duxbury Chapter of the DAR and an Assessor for the Town of Carver for organizing the event.


Last week approximately fifty members of the Mayflower Society, from as far away as Florida and California, visited the Registry of Deeds. After a brief tour of the Registry building, they were shown several original documents of significant historical interest from the Plymouth Colony Records.


This spring and summer, our employees at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds have created and maintained a vegetable garden at the back of our Plymouth office. After receiving a grant from the Mayflower Municipal Health Group, four raised beds were constructed by Mike Wholey of the Plymouth County Maintenance Department.

Throughout summer, our employees, during breaks and after hours, maintained the growing produce. Some of the early harvest has produced great results with more to come. Special thanks to Christine Richards and Janet Gawthrope who organized the effort.


A special thank you to all those Registry employees who worked on the Friday before the Fourth of July weekend. A confluence of events; Friday at end of the month, the end of the fiscal year, school's out and for many a long weekend making it easier to move, could have resulted in a total disaster.

While juggling the hundreds of people looking to close in our offices and the many hundreds of e-filed recordings scheduled for that day, the end of our fiscal year came to a positive end. The total volume of sales in June was the highest in years.

Registry Meets With Women's Council Of Realtors

Special thanks go out to Peggy Dinger of William Raveis Real Estate for arranging our office to meet with the Women's Council of Realtors at their June meeting. During yesterday's meeting at the Sconset Landing Clubhouse in Hanover, our IT Director Christine Richards and I gave an overview of the Registry of Deeds operations and an introductory presentation of our on-line search site.


Our training session for our online search site for June has no more space available. Our next session will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Please call Lorna Green-Baker at 508-830-9290 to sign up.

Special thanks go out to Christine Richards, our Information Systems Department Head, for the hundreds of hours of free training given to members of the public, real estate professionals and municipal employees who have benefited from that very informative program over the years. 

Linked Search Now Back To 1796

In our ongoing efforts to provide more information on-line with easier access, our Search function now goes back to 1796. While we have had a scanned version of our indices going back to our founding as a county in 1685 for some time, our direct Seach function, combines indexing information linked to the document images making research an easier task.

With the continued support of the Plymouth County Commissioners and state technology grants, we are working to bring this option all the way back to 1685. We will continue to update this progress as it occurs.


The Register's Report for June 2016 shows a continued strong real estate market in Plymouth County. June 30th is the end of Fiscal Year 2016 and a halfway point in calendar year 2016.  The 24% increase in sales of property and 5% increase in recorded mortgages bodes well for the remainder of 2016. The total sales value of $1.73 billion dollars in total sales year to date is a 26% increase over last year at this time.


The month of June saw the strongest number of recordings in many months. The number of sales in June exceeded every month before it all the way back to July, 2013. The 1,007 deeds recorded in June, 2015 brought the total sales volume for the first six months of 2015 to 3,903. After the difficult winter earlier this year, there was a lot of catching up to do. It seems that this pace will continue though the rest of the summer.

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