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MassGIS Data: Registries of Deeds Districts

August 2021

This polygon layer depicts the boundaries of the 21 Massachusetts Registries of Deeds districts.

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Overview

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.

The layer is stored in ArcSDE and distributed as REGDEEDS_POLY.

Updated in August 2021 to be based on the Survey Towns Boundaries (previously based on the USGS-based town boundaries).

Production

This layer was created by MassGIS from the Municipalities 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. In January 2019, the district boundaries were modified to move the Town of Orange from Worcester to Franklin.

Attributes

The datalayer's polygon attribute table has the following fields:

DISTRICT Full name of district
REGDIST Abbreviation of full DISTRICT name
REGISTER Name of Register
ADDRESS Street address of Registry
TOWN Municipality in which the Registry is located
ZIP ZIP Code of address
TYPE Identifies whether Registry is administered by the Secretary of State ("S") or the County ("C")
WEBSITE URL of Registry Web site

Maintenance

MassGIS maintains this datalayer. Updates will be made after election results are complete and members are sworn in.

Last updated: August 11, 2021
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