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Massachusetts Deeds Now on FamilySearch

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surveyor, the free access website managed by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, recently opened an image base containing 5.776 million Massachusetts deeds. They are arranged by county and within each county by book. The image base includes the grantor and grantee indexes as well as the deed volumes themselves. With this image base, we can now experience deed research much as we would standing in the registrar of deeds office ourselves. We can look up something in the index and then pull the correct volume to find the deed.

To make these images accessible, FamilySearch provides a description on the FamilySearch Wiki, which you can view here. The landing page within FamilySearch for the land record images is here.

This information has hit the genealogy community by storm. Following so quickly on the heels of accessible images for Massachusetts vital records, it is exciting. Randy Seaver, a blogger from California, posted his research experience in "Mining the Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986, for Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) Deeds" which you can read here.


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Barbara serves as the Federal Records Director. She is a Board-certified genealogist who works for the Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America as a Verifying Genealogist and for the Welles Family Association as a Genealogist. Her volunteer service includes a stint as President of MGC. She holds a master’s degree in the management of non-profits from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University. You can read her own blog, The Demanding Genealogist, at


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    Bernie Couming Tuesday, 02 July 2013

    fabulous news,
    Thank you.

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