Thursday, September 10, 2009

Updating the Deed Indexing Standards

This fall is the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Deed Indexing Standards. There rules were intended to standardize the way that every registry of deeds enters names and addresses into its index. The first version of the standards (version 2.1) was effective on Janaury 1, 2000. Subsequent versions were issued on January 1, 2006 (version 3.0) and on Janaury 1, 2008 (version 4.0). Currently, there are no plans for a version 5.0 although I suspect that as electronic recording becomes more widely accepted around the state, the Indexig Standards will expand to include rules related to that method of recording. In the meantime, we'll use this site to keep you up to date on new issues that arise and to tell you how we've resolved them.

For those interested in the various editions of the Deed Indexing Standards, you may obtain copies of:

Version 2.1 (2000) here

Version 3.0 (2006) here

Version 4.0 (2008) here

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