Saturday, March 04, 2006

Salem Deeds: Historic Records

Salem Deeds: Historic Records is a site I wish were a little more user-friendly. Images from the first twenty books of Essex County, Massachusetts, land records may be browsed, dating from 1641 through 1709. But without digitized indexes, individual records are difficult to locate without stepping away from the computer. Installation of additional software may be required to view the TIF files in your browser. I've found the site useful for checking deeds referenced in published genealogies where volume and page numbers are given, but researchers starting from scratch may find a trip to the Registry of Deeds more productive.