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Make that two non-career politicians running for Suffolk register of deeds

Katie Forde is running for the top administrative job at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds, in addition to Paul Nutting and three guys who have long run for office.

Among Forde's proposals: Extending registry hours and opening on Saturdays; let people file documents electronically, offer home-buying classes for first-time buyers, working to install technology to protect against fraudulent mortgage and lien recordings and urging home buyers to file homestead declarations, which would protect their homes in the event of legal action.

Forde, who lives in Roslindale, is a paralegal at a downtown law firm and considers herself a progressive.

Paul Nutting of Dorchester is the other person running for the post who has not made a career of running for office. Also possibly running: Former city councilors Steve Murphy and Charles Yancey and annual candidate Doug Bennett.

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Not that I have anything against these (non-career) candidates, but I don't understand why this is an elected position.

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Records Management is a profession
http://www.arma.org/

No more putting fox in charge of hen house. Politicians like at the City Clerks Offices and at Register of Deeds Offices haven't demonstrated advanced knowledge of good Records Management practices using the best technology/software .

Journalists have failed to report in depth about bad Records Management practices at City Clerks Offices and Register of Deeds.

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The RegistrAR is the head of the RegistrY of Deeds. No one can run for the officer of Register of Deeds. Doesn't exist.

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Before you answer, why don't you have a word with Thomas M. Ryan, Temporary Register of Deeds for Suffolk County first?

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Almost all serious dictionaries and legal references I could find in five strenuous minutes of surfing make a clear distinction between 'register' and 'registrar'. The first is either a single record or the act of entering such a record into a collection/system, the second is the official in charge of said collection/records system.

While a quick google shows plenty of examples of the same conflation made by the current Suffolk RoD, the vast majority of instances of 'registry/register/registrar' still make the distinction the 'old school' way.

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Oh Thank God, I was beginning to get worried.

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Some of us just like geeking about language. Not going to kick down the door and beat anyone with a blunt interjection for getting it 'wrong'.

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I admit it. My mother was a "real" title examiner, met her after school in many registries in the Boston area. It's always been the Registrar who is the head of the Registry of Deeds. Don't know when and who changed it. Maybe along the lines of how words like "nuclear" are turning into "nucular."

last sentence is not a snark. English is moving--slowly albeit--towards more consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel constructions so maybe this registrar/register is yet another example.

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Election to the office of RegistER of Deeds. Mass. General Laws, Chapter 54, section 143A
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleVIII/Chapter54/Sec...

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I am as, or more old school as anyone, especially as concerns Registries of Deeds, and therefore must insist that the title of the elected office, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of State, who is in charge of keeping track of the elections to the office, is RegistER. http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eledatesofoffice/datesofofficeidx.htm

And my memory is that s/he has always been called that; so too the Register of Probate has always been so designated. As in, "call the Register's office and see what they say" about a question.

This probably pre-dates the evolution of the noun/verb distinction that google produced.

And perhaps there is a mix-up with the RegistRar of Motor Vehicles, which by its nature, is a more modern office. http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/main/tabid/1075/ctl/detail/mid/2937/itemi...

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I have a nice big bundle of these as we had to do all sorts of stuff to conjoin two lots when we bought the house in 2000. Registry/Registrar distinction made throughout. I guess the state/county changed it in the years since.

Fwiw, this distinction dates back to the 1600's, when English shortened registrary, which it had just borrowed from the Latin registrarius ('one who keeps a record'). So...part of our language for a long time.

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She proposing programs which have nothing to do with the office and has no idea how to fund them. Hot tip Katie: they will not open up the courthouse for you on Saturdays, even if you insist it's in the name of Social Justice.

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If you review various foreclosure suites across the country, there is a role for the Registry of Deeds in terms of mortgage fraud. Homeowner ed would be the front end of this.

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Check out the earliest book at the Registry of Deeds !... Suffolk Registry of Deeds
24 New Chardon St
Boston MA 02114
https://www.google.com/maps/place/24+New+Chardon+St,+Boston,+MA+02114

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