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You can find your property records online at the Secretary of the Commonwealths “Massachusetts Land Records” website. Access is available to deeds, mortgages, plans, and other land records recorded in the various Registries of Deeds. “Locate my Registry of Deeds Office” will help you find the Registry of Deeds Office specific to where your land is located.

All of the Registries of Deeds were originally part of county government. The powers and duties of the registers are set out in M.G.L. c. 36.

In the late 1990s, many of the counties in Massachusetts were abolished. At that time, responsibilities for the employees, functions and proceedings of the Registries of Deeds in the abolished counties were transferred to the Commonwealth under M.G.L. c. 34B § 10. Secretary Galvin has made available “Historical Data Relating to the Incorporation of and Abolishment of Counties in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

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