Bucks County Recorder of Deeds Receives $5,000 Grant
Always working to improve the office, Dan McPhillips, Bucks County Recorder of Deeds, is continuing the project to preserve and improve records dating back to 1684. McPhillips received word at the beginning of the year that the office is the recipient of a $5,000 grant to assist with improvement phase of the project. This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Historical Archives and Records Care Grant, a program funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The grant will be used to improve the digital images of pages found in fifteen of our historic deed books. When these books were originally scanned in the 1990s, the technology was not as advanced as it is today. Because of this, the quality of current images online is very poor, sometimes unreadable. Kofile, the preservation company the office has been using for this project, has taken on the responsibility of not only preserving these books, but also providing clear digital images of each page within the books.
McPhillips says, “Being the recipient of any grant is an honor, but to receive this grant shows the importance of this project to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As the Recorder of Deeds, it is my job to make sure the records of the county are available to the public. This grant helps make the process of improving the records faster, and in turn, better for the people of Bucks County.”
Once Kofile has completed the digital improvements, the files will be sent to our recording vendor Landex. From then both online and in office digital records will be updated.
To contact the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds office, please call 215-348-6209 or visit us on the web at https://www.buckscounty.gov/414/Recorder-of-Deeds.