The following letter to the editor was published in the August 23, 2018 edition of the Lowell Sun. It’s from Richard Cuoco, a professional land surveyor from Tewksbury.
Before Richard took over as Register of Deeds it pretty much functioned as it has since 1855, with the exception of the invention of photocopiers. There was very little automated or computerized indexing, all deeds were placed on photo copiers and bound into thousands of books and placed in racks similar to a library. Land plans were stacked in large drawers and the cost of reproducing a copy for the public was expensive and time consuming. Researchers huddled around on small desks and lifting heavy record books and it took days to complete their tasks. Thanks to Richard’s modernization you can now look up deeds and plans online from the comfort of your home or office and print them out on your own printer.
Over the years Richard has expanded the scanning capabilities and modernization of the Registry of Deeds records, however; he is not resting on his laurels. He is already planning new and improved equipment and techniques that will enhance older records to insure that these irreplaceable documents are preserved for generations. Safekeeping of these vital records since 1855 is an important job that should only be entrusted to an experienced proven professional such as Richard P. Howe, Jr.
Please remember to vote to re-elect Richard P. Howe Jr. on Tuesday September 4 and again on Tuesday November 6, 2018.