Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lowell Atlases

One of the most useful tools I've found to research older land records are the city of Lowell insurance atlases that were created between 1879 and 1936. Published in color in large-format books, each atlas consists of a base map that shows the entire city divided up into "plates", and then the various plates, which are blow-ups of slices of the city.

These plates contain an incredible amount of detail, showing the outlines of each lot, the footprint of any building on the lot, color coding for the building type (yellow for wood, pink for brick, gray for stone), the last name of the owner of the lot, the square footage of the lot, and the street number.

Atlases exist for the following years: 1879, 1896, 1906, 1924, and 1936.

These atlases are all available online courtesy of UMass Lowell's library system. I prefer the online version to the original paper maps because with the superb clarity of the online images, users can zoom in to 300 percent magnification and read numbers and annotations that otherwise would require a magnifying glass to discern.

Monday, August 14, 2017

July 2017 Recording Statistics

Here are the number of deeds, mortgages and foreclosure deeds recorded in the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds during July 2017, compared to the same month in 2016:

Deeds: July 2017 - 654 deeds; July 2016 - 722 deeds; decrease of 9%

Mortgages: July 2017 - 852 deeds; July 2016 - 1028 mortgages; decrease of 17%

Foreclosure Deeds: July 2017 - 14; July 2016 - 30; decrease of 53%

Total documents: July 2017 - 5199; July 2016 - 5580; decrease of 7%

Monday, March 27, 2017

Middlesex North 2017 Holiday Schedule

The holiday schedule for the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds through the summer of 2017 is as follows:

The registry will be closed on the following days:

Monday, April 17, 2017 - Patriot's Day

Monday, May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - Independence Day

Monday, Sept 4, 2017 - Labor Day

The registry will be open on all other weekdays, including on Friday, April 14, 2017 (Good Friday).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Registry of Deeds: 10 am opening on March 15, 2017

Due to the lingering effects of today's storm, the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds and all state courthouses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will open at 10 am on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Registry of Deeds closed on March 14, 2017

Due to the impending blizzard, the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds will be closed all day on Tuesday, March 13, 2017.

All Massachusetts Courts will also be closed. https://twitter.com/MACourtClosings/status/841423163900723200

Monday, February 13, 2017

Delayed Opening: Monday, February 13, 2017

The Middlesex North Registry of Deeds will open at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017 due to the winter storm.

All courthouses in Massachusetts will also open at 10 a.m. today.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Middlesex North & All Courts Closed Thurs Feb 9

From the Massachusetts Trial Court:
All court locations across the state will be closed tomorrow, February 9th, to ensure the safety of court users and court staff.

Because the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds is located within the Lowell Superior Courthouse, we will also be closed all day tomorrow, February 9, 2017.

Notice of weather-related closings

With the forecast for a substantial snowstorm tomorrow, here's a reminder of how you can find out of the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds is closed because of a weather emergency. Because we are tenants in the Lowell Superior Courthouse, the decision to open or close is made by the Massachusetts Trial Court. If this court closes, so does the registry.

The Trial Court website is promptly updated with information about weather-related closings. Here is the website address: http://www.mass.gov/courts/

As soon as I get the word of any closure (which would come from the above website), I would also post notice of that here.

Finally, if you do not have access to a computer, you may call the Trial Court's automated information line at any of the following numbers. They will have a recording with news of any court closings: