Deeds Information

Colony Records

Plymouth Colony records (1632–1701)

The original Plymouth Colony papers, including deeds, are at the Plymouth County Commissioners Office.

The Massachusetts State Archives has transcripts of these papers with indexes.

Some of these records and records from the Commissioners of the United Colonies are in:

  • Shurtleff, N. B. and David Pulsifer, eds. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England. 12 Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: William White, 1855-61. (FHL Collection book 974.4 N2n; film 944128-29; fiche 6046866.)
  • New Plymouth Colony, Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, 1643-1679, approx, (microfilm of original manuscript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972. FHL film 912074 items 1-3 )
  • New Plymouth Colony, Plymouth Colony Records, Scrap Book, 1636-1695, microfilm of original manuscript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.  FHL film 912073 item 1 )

For information about land transactions between Plymouth Colony and Indians, see:

  • Bangs, Jeremy Dupertuis, Indian Deeds: Land Transactions in Plymouth Colony, 1620-1691, (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, c2002). FHL book 970.1 B225i)

Massachusetts Bay Colony records (1628–1685) 

  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel B. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. Five Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: W. White, 1853-54. (FHL Collection book 974.4 N2s; FHL Collection fiche 6046893)

County Records

After a county was created, land records were recorded at the county registry of deeds offices. Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, and Worcester counties have more than one office because they are divided into two or more land districts.

For a list of towns and cities with their Registry of Deeds, see the City/Town to Registry Guide.

Barnstable

John F. Meade
3195 Main Street
P.O. Box 368
Barnstable, MA 02630
(508) 362-7733
Fax: (508) 362-5065
Web: www.barnstabledeeds.org

Northern Berkshire

Frances T. Brooks
65 Park Street
Adams, MA 01220
(413) 743-0035
Fax: (413) 743-1003
Email: nbrd@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.berkshirenorthdeeds.com

Middle Berkshire

Patricia Harris
44 Bank Row
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 443-7438
Fax: (413) 448-6025
Email: patricia.harris@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.berkshiremiddledeeds.com

Southern Berkshire

Wanda M. Beckwith
334 Main Street, Suite 2
Great Barrington, MA 01230-1894
(413) 528-0146
Fax: (413) 528-6878
Email: wanda.beckwith@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.berkshiresouthdeeds.com

Northern Bristol

Barry J. Amaral
11 Court Street
Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 822-0502
Fax: (508) 880-4975
Email: registry@tauntondeeds.com
Web: www.tauntondeeds.com

Southern Bristol

J. Mark Treadup
25 North 6th Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 993-2605
Fax: (508) 997-4250
Email: nbregistry@gis.net
Web: newbedforddeeds.com

Fall River Bristol

Bernard J. McDonald III
441 North Main Street
Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 673-1651
Fax: (508) 673-7633
Email: bmcd505@yahoo.com
Web: www.fallriverdeeds.com

Dukes

Dianne E. Powers
81 Main Street
P.O. Box 5231
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4025
Fax: (508) 627-7821
Email: registry@dukescounty.org
Web: www.masslandrecords.com

Northern Essex

M. Paul Iannuccillo

354 Merrimack St
Lawrence, MA 01843
(978) 683-2745
Fax: (978) 688-4679
Email: paul.iannuccillo@sec.state.ma.us
Web: Northern Essex Registry Website

Southern Essex

John L. O'Brien, Jr.
Shetland Park
45 Congress St., Suite 4100
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 741-0201
Fax: (978) 744-5865
Email: southernessexcustomerservice@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.salemdeeds.com

Franklin

Scott A. Cote
30 Olive Street, Suite 2
P.O. Box 1495
Greenfield, MA 01302
T 413 772-0239
F 413-774-7150
Email: franklinrod@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.franklindeeds.com

Hampden

Donald E. Ashe
50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 755-1722
Fax: (413) 731-8190
Web: www.hampdendeeds.com

Westfield Satellite Office
59 Court Street
Westfield, MA 01085
(413) 568-2290
Fax (413) 568-4869
Web: www.hampdendeeds.com

Hampshire

Mary Olberding
33 King Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-3637
Fax: (413) 584-4136
Email: HampshireReg@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.hampshiredeeds.com

Northern Middlesex

Richard P. Howe, Jr.
360 Gorham Street
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 322-9000
Fax: (978) 322-9001
Email: lowelldeeds@comcast.net
Web: www.lowelldeeds.com

Southern Middlesex

Maria C. Curtatone
208 Cambridge Street
P.O. Box 68
Cambridge, MA 02141-0068
(617) 679-6310
Fax: (617) 494-9083
Email: middlesexsouth@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.middlesexsouthregistry.com

Nantucket

Jennifer H. Ferreira
Town Building
16 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-7250
Fax: (508) 325-5331
Email: jen.ferreira@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.masslandrecords.com

Norfolk

William P. O'Donnell
649 High Street
P.O. Box 69
Dedham, MA 02026-0069
(781) 461-6122
Fax: (781) 326-4742
Email: registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org
Web: www.norfolkdeeds.org

Plymouth

John R. Buckley, Jr.
50 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02361
(508) 830-9200
Fax: (508) 830-9280
Web: www.plymouthdeeds.org

Suffolk

Francis 'Mickey' Roache
24 New Chardon Street
P.O. Box 9660
Boston, MA 02114-9660
(617) 788-6250
Fax: (617) 720-4163
Email: thomas.ryan@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.suffolkdeeds.com

Northern Worcester

Kathleen Reynolds Daigneault
Putnam Place
166 Boulder Drive, Suite 202
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-2637
Fax: (978) 345-2865
Email: kathleen.daigneault@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.fitchburgdeeds.com

Worcester

Anthony J. Vigliotti, ESQ.
90 Front Street
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 798-7717
Fax: (508) 798-7746
Email: linda.curran@sec.state.ma.us
Web: www.worcesterdeeds.com

Indexes to the  land records are online by district/county though mostly post 1948.

The Family History Library has most county land records and indexes from the county's creation to the early 1900s. For example:

  • Suffolk County (Massachusetts). Register of Deeds: Records of Deeds, 1639–1885; Indexes to Deeds, 1639–1920. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. (on 1128 FHL films.)

Boston and Suffolk County records (1629–1697)

  • Suffolk Deeds. 14 Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: Rockwell and Churchill, 1880-1906. (Family History Library book 974.46 R2s; Volumes. 1-14 are on five films, beginning with Family History Library film 1033902; vols. 1-2, 4-7, 9-11, and 14 are on Family History Library fiche 6046903.)