Register O’Donnell Outreaches to Avon Residents

Continuing his efforts to bring the Registry directly to the citizens of Norfolk County, Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell and his outreach team held multiple outreach events in Avon on Wednesday, November 15th. O’Donnell and his team spent the morning meeting with residents at Avon Town Hall. This was followed up by afternoon appearances at the Avon Council on Aging and the Avon Public Library.  


Register O’Donnell noted, “It was my pleasure to spend the majority of my day visiting Avon and helping residents with their land document related questions. Topics covered included a tutorial on the benefits of the Homestead Act and the importance of filing mortgage discharges once a mortgage has been paid off.”


The Register further stated, “I was also able to explain some of the modernization efforts that have taken place at the Registry including the implementation of a state-of-the-art computer system which allows us to record land documents on the same day submitted. Residents were also warned about a deed scam where a California company is sending a direct-mail solicitation to unsuspecting homeowners asking them to send a check for $83.00 in order to receive a copy of their deed. If a consumer knew that the Registry of Deeds would provide them the same certified copy of a property deed for a charge of only $1.00 per page, plus an additional $1.00 per document for postage, they would never agree to pay such an outrageous fee for service. The average price for a mailed homeowner’s deed by the Registry, (usually two pages) is $3.00.”


O’Donnell emphasized the importance he puts on these outreach events. “Whether through office hours, meeting with elderly groups or local civic organizations, these events provide a convenient way for residents to learn about the Registry of Deeds and avail themselves of Registry services without the inconvenience of traveling to our Dedham central office.” 


In conclusion, O’Donnell stated, “I want to thank the Avon board of selectmen, Town Administrator Francis T. Crimmins, Jr., the staff at Avon Town Hall, Council on Aging Director Gene Mazzella and Avon Public Library Director Ann Fogg for their cooperation in allowing us to bring the Registry directly to the citizens of Avon.”


To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at or follow us on and/or


The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham.  The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information.  All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website  Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at [email protected].




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.