About the Registry of Deeds

Welcome to the Bristol County Registry of Deeds, Southern District. Our professional staff is here to assist you with any transaction or information you need – please ask for their assistance. We hope your visit with us will be productive and a positive experience. If during the course of your use of the Registry you encounter any challenges or issues, please feel free to ask for the Register and he will be happy to assist you.

Some history…

The Bristol County Registry of Deeds, Southern District was established April 17, 1837 by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature. Originally housed in the County Court House, the present Registry Office was built in 1908. Deeds were copied by hand until 1912 when typewriting was introduced. Since its origin there have been 13 Registers.


  • Law Firms, Lawyers
  • Title Examiners
  • Real Estate and Development Firms
  • Surveyors
  • The Financial Community
  • … and the residents of Bristol County

things to remember

You are asked to silence or mute your cellphones when in the main research hall. Please use the front entrance/foyer or basement level of the Registry for extended conversations.

Your cooperation is requested in keeping discussions to a minimum and at a low level in consideration of the researchers who are working.

Registry hours are 8am to 4:30pm daily – recording stops at 4 pm. Closed Saturdays.

The Closing Room(s) is available for public use – there are 3 bays. The Room(s) are available on a first come first served basis – sorry no reservations or call ahead seating.

Documents can be copied for the cost of $1.00 per page. Please note that all copies you make you will be responsible for – so be careful what you “send to the printer”.

You are asked to appropriately maintain any workspace you are using in the Registry and to be mindful that you may not be the only person using the area.

Please remember that these are public records. Appropriating or damaging Registry property or records shall result in prosecution and “notice not to trespass” in the Registry in the future.

For the convenience of our constituents, we will be accepting debit and credit cards.