Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Have Fun and Choose Your Cover!

This is a helpful site talking about sun, sunscreen, cover, and skin cancer.

Have fun and cover up!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Budget Impacts on Register of Deeds

The County Commissioners approved their FY 07-08 Budget last night.

The immediate impact for the Register of Deeds office will be a postponement of the Greensboro Vital Records renovation, some equipment repair, etc. The total budgetary impact is (49,670). We submitted a budget request to the Board of Commissioners that decreased over 6% before the additional monies mentioned above.

Even with those additional reductions, I understand the Board was in a difficult position regarding the budget. I appreciate the ongoing support members of the Board of Commissioners have given our office from both parties over the past three years. Our office will continue to focus on training and seek to create additional efficiencies in the next year.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Online Vital Records Search taken Off Internet.

I have decided to make our online vital records search unavailable to the general public as we reassess our public access policies for vitals. Birth, Death, and Marriage abstracts were made available by internet by the previous Register of Deeds. While I understand that law abiding citizens get a significant benefit from this service, there are emerging issues with this practice.

I have had a series of discussions with concerned citizens, fellow Registers, NC Vital Records, Sheriff's office, among others. These discussions over a period of time have led me to this decision. Identity Theft, Fraud, and increased criminal activity regarding personal information on public records are a primary concern. In addition, public records laws related to vital records public availability need to be reexamined based on increased technology in the 21st century.

I apologize for any inconvenience. These records are still searchable from within our Greensboro and High Point offices.

Joe Poplin shoots -5 under at NC Amateur Championship

Guilford College graduate Joe Poplin is my pick to win the tournament. Joe is the real deal and wasn't even mentioned in the News and Record article on the event.

Check out daily results here.

Oh yeah, Joe is the co-leader after day one. If an article is done, he should be mentioned tomorrow.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Fox 8 on Deeds Scam

Here and Here.

Friday, June 08, 2007

News and Record and Winston Salem Journal on National Deeds Service.

Winston Salem Journal talked to their President Barry Isaacson.

News and Record coverage as well.

Please tell your friends, there is a better deal at your local Register of Deeds office.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Consumer Alerts on National Deeds Service

I sent a letter to the Attorney General Roy Cooper asking his office to look into the business and pricing practices of the National Deeds Service. Clerks, Attorneys Generals, and Registers have made these requests in New Jersey, Indiana, Florida, and other states.

Here is a a copy of their letter given to me by a constituent.

Attorney General Cooper issued an alert later in the day.