Lookup Public Records in Norfolk CountyMassachusetts. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Norfolk County, Massachusetts

Norfolk County is located in the state of Massachusetts. The county was formed on March 26, 1793, by legislation signed by Gov. John Hancock and named after the English county of the same name, with the meaning “northern folk”. Quincy is the largest city in the county, while the county seat is Dedham. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a population of approximately 670,850 people and a total area of 444 square miles, of which 48 square miles is water and 396 square miles is land, making it the 3rd smallest county in Massachusetts by total area. Norfolk County borders the following counties:  Middlesex County to the northwest; Suffolk County to the north; Plymouth County to the southeast; Bristol County to the south; Providence County, Rhode Island, to the southwest; and Worcester County to the west.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is the principal office for real property records in the county. The Registry records and maintains hundreds of thousands of documents each year. The Registry of Deeds has been a vital component of Norfolk County government since 1793. Norfolk deeds include records for communities previously part of Norfolk County but now incorporated in the City of Boston (Suffolk County) for the years prior to their annexation (dates shown): Dorchester (1869), West Roxbury (1872), Roxbury (1867) and Hyde Park (1911).

At the Registry, it is possible to research land titles, to determine property ownership, and to acquire copies of recorded documents and plans. Visit the Registry of Deeds’ office at 649 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026. Office hours are Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alternatively, you may order a copy of your deed through the mail or obtain copies of public records by doing a background check online. To do a public records search online, you will have to visit the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Website.

Norfolk County, Massachusetts

Located in the middle of the state, Norfolk County is 444 square miles in area, with 396 of that being land. The county is the wealthiest in all of Massachusetts and is bordered to the northwest by Middlesex County, the north by Suffolk County, the southeast by Plymouth County, the south by Bristol County, the southwest by Providence County, Rhode Island and the west by Worcester County. During the 2013 census approximately 687,802 people lived in the county. Norfolk County has 41 different zip codes, with the most populous being 02184, 02038, 02159 and 02368.

Norfolk County Officials Information

The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics is responsible for personal legal documents within the state.
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: 617-740-2600
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Closed legal and county holidays

The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics is responsible for personal records that include marriage and divorce decrees and birth and death certificates. These documents are considered personal and are generally not considered public record. Some documents are available for public viewing and purchase for genealogical reasons however and these documents can also be found online, through the public portal. In all other cases these documents must be requested directly by the person that is named in them.
The Registry of Deeds is responsible for property records within the community. These records include both real and personal property and documents include mortgages, deeds, liens, leases and more. These documents are considered public record and can be requested directly from the online portal. They are also available for viewing and purchase directly from the office of the Register of Deeds as well, during normal business hours.

Norfolk County Court Information

Court records are generally considered public once the case has been completed and the records have been completely filed. At that point, documents can be requested by anyone and for any purpose. These documents are available directly from the court and some are available through the online portal as well. These documents can be requested at any time.

Norfolk, MA Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-2009834,160
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-200921,733
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-20099,839
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-20093,135
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-20091,939
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-20091,529
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-20094,113
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-200973,940
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-20096,202
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-200930,540
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-200917,630
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200945,972
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-20099,387
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-20092,310
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-2009210,932
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-2009105,556
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-20096,679
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-20093,736
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-200927,240
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-200912,427
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-200920,675
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-200915,630
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-200919,278
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-2009851
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-20096,249
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-200912,868
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-20091,515
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-20092,832
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-20092,918
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-200912,064
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-2009107,053

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Office

Address: 649 High St, Dedham, MA 02026, United States
Phone: 781-461-6122

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