Groton has found a way for the public to search town records from their homes, at no cost to the town.
The town joined with the Connecticut Town Clerk’s Portal to allow people to have 24-hour access to view or print town records, including deeds, liens and maps, the town clerk announced last week.
Groton worked with Cott Systems, a privately-owned software company to come up with low-cost ways of making public records more accessible, according to a press release. There is no cost to Groton for the service.
“This is an exciting addition to the services that the Town Clerk’s office already provides. Our professional searchers, as well as the general public will now have access to our land records from 1964 and all maps and trade name certificates to the present,” Groton Town Clerk Betsy Moukawsher said.
If a searcher needs to print an image, they can do so via the Internet at a cost of $1 per page, an amount set by state statute. The Connecticut State Portal is available at https://connecticut-townclerks-records.com.
The clerk’s office is one of the busiest places in Groton, with genealogists tracing family records, couples applying for marriage licenses, voters seeking absentee ballots and dog owners looking to license pets.
In the land records area, businesses file trade names, veterans file discharge papers and attorneys record documents and search land records.
“We are honored to be a part of Connecticut’s cutting-edge way of thinking and position our customer to enhance the solution offerings they provide their town,” the press release said.