Register O’Donnell Hosts Computer Seminar

Norfolk Registry of Deeds SealContinuing his efforts to provide outreach to Norfolk County communities, Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell recently hosted a free informational seminar on computer-assisted land record research.

At the seminar, attendees learned how to navigate the Registry’s online research page  and to access documents such as deeds, mortgage discharges, Homesteads and other land related materials. The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds state-of –the-art computer system has more than 6 million land document images available for viewing, dating back to 1793.

Register O’Donnell noted, “All of our land documents are online and are accessible within 24 business hours of recording. For the purpose of online researching of land documents, we have found these computer seminars to be very useful for real estate professionals, genealogists and members of the general public.”

For those attending the seminar, computer skills were not required. Each attendee received free reference materials, which they took home with them. Additionally, there were several staffers on hand, including Register O’Donnell, who were available to assist and answer questions. The Register also noted that the seminar was one of the most popular ever attended at the Registry.

“Those attending the May 11th seminar,” stated O’Donnell “were really surprised how easy it was to look up land related documents, and now with this knowledge they can do this exercise from the comfort and convenience of their home or work computer.”

Register O’Donnell concluded, “Computer seminars are held by the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds twice each year in the spring and the fall. The dates are advertised in local papers throughout the county as well as through the Registry’s social media outlets. For further information, you can contact Alicia Gardner at 781-461-6104 or at”

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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham.  The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information.  All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website  Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at

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