A Message from the Register

Welcome to the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds! 

In over two hundred years of continuous operation, we have gone from days of scriveners with quill pens to an era of computers and advanced document imaging. 

Our objectives in all that time have remained the same: security, accuracy and accessibility for our communities’ land records, and reliable service to the residents of Norfolk County.

As Register, I am committed to carrying forward those traditions and to continue modernizing our facilities and services to meet the changing needs of the public in this new century.

We have upgraded our website, implemented an internet-based document research system, and created an on-site Customer Service Center to better serve the needs of the residents and businesses of Norfolk County.  Other modernization initiatives include instituting electronic recording for all land records and transcribing over 450,000 hand written documents recorded between Norfolk County’s founding in 1793 to 1900.

Scanned images back to the founding of Norfolk County in 1793 are accessible to the public through the Registry of Deeds on-line internet land records research system. Please watch the Registry News for more information.

The Registry staff and I hope that our services are helpful to you. As always, I welcome any comments or suggestions you may have. 


William P. O’Donnell
Register of Deeds

Bill O'Donnell sits at his desk in a dark suit jacket and tie. Behind him is a wall of books.


Norfolk County Registers of Deeds
Name of Register Years of Service
Eliphalet Pond of Dedham 1793-1813
James Foord of Milton 1813-1821
Enos Foord of Dedham 1821-1861
James Foord of Dedham 1861-1874
John H. Burdakin of Dedham 1874-1916
Edward L. Burdakin of Dedham 1916-1917
Walter W. Chambers of Dedham 1917-1947
L. Thomas Shine of Dedham 1947-1970
Barry T. Hannon of Braintree 1970-2001
Paul D. Harold of Quincy 2001-2002
William P. O’Donnell of Norwood 2002 to Present

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is closed Today, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.