A nearly completed initiative by the Norfolk County registry is promising to make it much easier for modern readers to decipher the contents of old land records. In what officials say is the first project of its kind in New England, the registry in Dedham is transcribing into type all the county’s handwritten deeds from the time of its founding in 1793 to 1900, when the office switched to typing its documents. The transcriptions can be a valuable time-saver for historians and genealogists.
More than 250,000 deeds will have been transcribed by the time the two-year effort concludes in April, according to officials at the registry and Xerox Corp., which is undertaking the $2 million project. All the transcriptions are accessible free of charge to the public, posted with the existing land records on the registry’s website.
Details may be found in an article by John Laidler in the Boston Globe at http://goo.gl/rK1YX9.