Cape May County preserves turn-of-the-century deed books

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 County clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti in the archives room with Deed Book 171. Submitted / County clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti in the archives room with Deed Book 171. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – County clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti recently accepted delivery of five late 19th century and turn of the 20th century deed books which received conservation treatments from Kofile Preservation Services of Essex VT.

Each page was carefully repaired and de-acidified using archival techniques, then rebound by hand into new goatskin bindings. During the process the volumes were scanned and microfilmed.

Deed Books 53-56 and 171 were recorded in the county clerk’s office by hand from Sept. 2, 1880 to Oct. 1, 1902, according to a release.

“Their use for land title research over the last hundred-plus years has caused the bindings to come apart, especially those volumes with early New Jersey Riparian Grants as contained in Deed Book 171,” Fulginiti said.

The clerk’s office has preserved 34 deed books from its archives since 2006.


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