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Register O'Donnell Invites Public to Celebrate Registry's 225th Birthday
Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell cordially invites you to attend a party with guests John Adams, John Hancock and his lovely wife Dorothy Quincy and listen to the patriotic music of the Singing Trooper Dan Clark as the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds celebrates its 225th birthday.
"It was on June 20, 1793 that Norfolk County and the Registry of Deeds came into existence thanks to a bill signed into law by then Governor John Hancock. As some residents of Norfolk County will proudly tell you, next to his being the lead signer of the Declaration of Independence, this was probably the second most important signature in John Hancock's life," noted Register O'Donnell.
"Today much has changed," noted O'Donnell. "Back then it was a time when land documents at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds were written in the old cursive penmanship style by scriveners. Deeds told stories, such as John Adams tribute to John Hancock when Adams deeded a portion of his land to the city of Quincy. Additionally, people had to travel to the county seat in Dedham to research land documents. Today research can easily be done from the comfort of your home computer. And those 18th and 19th centuries land documents written in the hard to read cursive style now can be read in an easy to read text format."
The Register noted that the night will be a celebration of history as county residents will be able to browse at notable land records of prominent and famous people of Norfolk County, including Nobel Prize winners and Governors of the Commonwealth. Additionally, there will be an exhibit of land records that highlights 28 remarkable people, one from each of the 28 communities comprising Norfolk County. "You will be amazed at the contributions that these men and women have made to the arts, science, culture, politics, environment, public service, military, medicine and the law," said O'Donnell.
The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 20th from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds located at 649 High Street, Dedham. Please join us for this open house and celebration. Admission is free. For additional information about the event, please contact email@example.com or call the Registry at (781) 461-6116.
Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds
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