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Please be advised that as part of the renovation project at Berkshire Middle Registry of Deeds, there will be a generator test that will require intermittent electrical power shut-offs on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, beginning at 1 p.m. Unfortunately, this could cause delays in recording throughout the afternoon. Please be aware that we will do everything in our power to accommodate you and your recording needs during the test. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (413) 443-7438 or via email at Patricia.harris@sec.state.ma.us.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth would like to welcome you to the Massachusetts Land Records website. This site provides you with quick access to land records across the State. For questions regarding use of the site, searching of particular documents, or general questions about Registry policies, please contact the specific Registry of Deeds directly. For technical assistance with troubleshooting access to the site, contact us at the Secretary's office.
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Massachusetts is divided into 21 registry districts with an elected Register of Deeds responsible for each office. Documents related to the ownership of real estate within the district are recorded at the Registry of Deeds. Recorded documents are assigned a sequential identifying number (known as the book and page number) and are then scanned into the registry's computer system. The resulting images are available for viewing on and printing from public access terminals at the registry and at your home or office over the Internet. In addition, all registries microfilm all recorded documents and most continue to produce record books containing document images on paper. In most cases, original documents are returned to the land owner. To assist customers in finding relevant documents, registries create a searchable index that contains the names of all parties to a document and the property address.
For more information, visit Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's website http://www.state.ma.us/sec/ or the County Home page of the registry that interests you.