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Suffolk County has a new register of deeds

The Suffolk County Registry of Deeds Web site now lists Thomas M. Ryan as "temporary register," rather than longtime Register (and former Boston Police Commissioner) Mickey Roache.

DeannaMae reports Roache retired just before Christmas. Roche also once served as an ay-large city councilor. Hmm, could this be just the job for a recently unseated at-large councilor?

H/t Theszak for noticing that.

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has is one of the crown jewels of hack jobs.

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Mr. Ryan has been an excellent public servant for many years. I'm sure the registry will be fine. I hope Mickey the best.

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Why the resignation?...

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Release the hounds!

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City Record
http://www.cityofboston.gov/purchasing/

Former Register of Deeds Francis M. "Mickey" Roache
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Roache

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/rod/rodlst/lstidx.htm
http://suffolkdeeds.com/
__________ ___________________________
Re: Culture of other Suffolk County Offices.

By Andrea Estes and Sean P. Murphy
Suffolk register of probate allegedly hit employee after Christmas cheer turned sour
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/01/11/suffolk-register-probate-al...

H/t
http://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/what-does-ht-mean-on-twitter

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Register of Deeds and Register of Probate are different positions. Mickey Roache did not allegedly strike an employee as your link implies, that was the former Register of Probate Patricia Campatelli. Unfair comment there.

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website sure could use an update.

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What could be included?... for example.

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For starters, indexing the deeds and other recorded documents prior to the year 1973. Currently, those documents are only indexed from 1973 through the present. The documents from before 1973 are scanned and online, but not indexed to easily search them by address or owner - you can only find them if you know the exact book and page number. In a city as old as Boston, those old property documents are needed for constant review. It's cumbersome and time-consuming for attorneys to find them and difficult for laypersons who aren't familiar with the system or title searches.

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It would be interesting to read their reply to the idea! see also
http://paper.li/RAINbyte/rainbyte

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I've done it. The most time consuming thing is getting to the court house. If you don't know what you're doing... then it is laborious.

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Much newer (I think starting in 1990?) docs are searchable by owner or address. City of Boston has scanned records of construction permits etc that are also more searchable, back to maybe the 40s. But, like you said, in a city where over half the housing stock was constructed in 1890, that's a drop in the bucket. I guess all the originals are at the courthouse but the average homeowner probably has little idea how to get them - I certainly don't. It's really difficult to cobble together any kind of history or record of property in this city.

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How about the card file of buildings/addresses kept by librarians in the Fine Arts Department at Boston Public Library?
http://www.bpl.org/research/finearts.htm

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badge?? Murph...Murph...

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I will never forget (was it 20 years ago), I sent a letter to all 4 at-large councilors about a problem and Councilor Roach CALLED me to talk about it. He was the only one to respond. I hope he has a great retirement. I have sent about 6 e-mails to councilors over the last few years (including ones running for mayor) and no one responds. They just add me to their campaign lists and ask for my vote at election time. (They don't get it.)

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Wouldn't it be cheaper and in fact better to replace this job with an AI?

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Also in the news...
Senator Petruccelli's seat
http://www.eastboston.com/Elections/2015-0106MadaroStatement.html

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Why is the person in this position the "Register of Deeds" while the same position in the RMV is the "REGISTRAR of Motor Vehicles"? Register vs Registrar. Honestly "register" doesn't make sense.

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Boston City Councilor. Cambridge City Councillor.

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I have to say that Suffolk's year span of records available online is far superior than some other counties' although others are improving. We go through thousands of title examinations and it's helpful when you don't have shlep to the registry because the instrument you need is from 1827. Keep up with the great progress!

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Which County has the best WebSite?

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Nantucket as well. .

Each of them allow free access to deeds and plans with Suffolk lagging in Land Court Plans and indexing plans before 2007.

Norfolk, Plymouth, the 3 Bristols, and Barnstable are pay sites to print. 21 registries in the state with 6 different layouts.

It is ridiculous that some are free and some or not.

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A new Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could update things
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/rod/rodidx.htm

The current out of date State Secretary has been holding back progress on Public Records FOi Freedom Of Information Open Government practices.

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Amazing to me that some young progressive politico has not conducted a primary challenge to Bill Galvin. His support with the Democratic base is a mile wide and less than an inch deep. Massachusetts has lax public records laws and Galvin's too busy fighting veterans housing in his backyard to care. Galvin is the classic old school politician that has been around way too long. He's ripe for the picking.

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Who possibly could challenge the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Primary?

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