July 2005

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This polygon layer depicts the boundaries of the 21 Massachusetts Registries of Deeds districts. The Registries receive and record hundreds of thousands of documents each year, and are basic resources for title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, homeowners, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible historical and modern land record information. Documents stored at the Registries include titles, deeds, mortgages, releases, and liens, etc.

For a complete listing of all Registries see http://www.sec.state.ma.us/rod/rodidx.htm.

The layer is stored in ArcSDE and distributed as REGDEEDS_POLY.


This layer was created by MassGIS from the Towns layer. Each town was assigned a REGDIST code, which corresponds to the Registry of Deeds to which the town belongs. Then towns boundaries with the same Registry were dissolved to create the 21 districts. All unnecessary fields were deleted and several fields subjective to the Registries were added.


The datalayer's polygon attribute table has the following items:
Full name of district
Abbreviation of full DISTRICT name
Name of Register
Street address of Registry
Municipality in which the Registry is located
ZIP Code of address
Identifies whether Registry is administered by the Secretary of State ("S") or the County ("C")
URL of Registry Web site


MassGIS maintains this datalayer. Updates will be made after election results are complete in 2006 and every six years thereafter, unless an unexpected vacancy is filled.

Last Updated 7/29/2005