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The Registry records are indexed by the name of the individual(s) to a transaction. Whether you are searching for a deed or a lien, you must have a name to begin the search. This applies to locating deeds, mortgagees, etc. as well as surveys of properties. An approximate date of the transaction would be useful in hastening the search, but is not absolutely necessary. If only the property location is known, you need to contact the town or city office where the property is located to determine who is the owner.
If you are looking for a deed and know the party purchasing the property, you would search the grantee index in the time period the transaction took place. If you know the party that sold the property, you would search the grantor index in the time period the transaction took place.
If you are searching for liens against the property owner, you would search the grantor index, as a lien is a right to retain property for payment of some debt, obligation or duty whether giving voluntarily such as a mortgage or involuntarily, such as an attachment. If searching for a release or discharge, you would need to search both the grantor and grantee indexes.
If you are looking for a plan on a piece of property, there are two systems in place. You can search the grantor index from June 1960 to present or utilize the 2 card files for plans by owner’s name or by street name.
The term etal will be found in the index after the given name and represents “and other” to the transaction. For example, in a transaction from John & Mary Smith, the index would show Smith as the surname and John etal as the given name, the etal representing Mary as the other party to the transaction. Likewise, Mary’s indexing would appear as Smith in the surname field and Mary etal as the given name.
Once the name has been located in the index, a book and page will be listed. You may now pull the book to read the document or use the computer. If it is after January 2000, you will need to look at the document on the computer as we discontinued hard copy due to lack of space.
WE WILL explain how the records are indexed, but WE WILL NOT search the records for you, interpret documents or give you legal advice as to how to prepare documents.