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For a detailed research guide for Massachusetts,
see the Massachusetts Genealogy Guide page.

Welcome to the Massachusetts page,
the Bay State

"Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" Pilgrims began the colony 1620.
Most unique genealogical features:

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   How to Find Information about Massachusetts Ancestors

1. Birth Information
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information


For a list of the cities and towns of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the dates of when they were settled, when incorporated as a town and, if applicable, when incorporated as a city, as well as the county in which there are located, see Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates.

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name.
MassachusettsRhode IslandConnecticutNew YorkVermontNew HampshireMaineIsles of Shoals (part Maine; part New Hampshire)Block Island (New Shoreham, Rhode Island)Fishers Island (Suffolk County, New York)Nantucket CountyDukes CountyBarnstable CountyPlymouth CountyBristol County, MassachusettsNorfolk CountySuffolk County (largely Boston)Essex CountyMiddlesex CountyWorcester CountyFranklin CountyHampshire CountyHampden CountyBerkshire CountyBristol County, Rhode IslandNewport CountyProvidence CountyKent CountyWashington CountyWindham CountyNew London CountyTolland CountyHartford CountyMiddlesex CountyNew Haven CountyFairfield CountyLitchfield CountyWestchester CountyPutnam CountyDutchess CountyColumbia CountyAlbany CountyRensselaer CountySaratoga CountyWashington CountyBennington CountyWindham CountyWindsor CountyCheshire CountySullivan CountyMerrimack CountyHillsborough CountyRockingham CountyStrafford CountyYork County
Modern county borders in Massachusetts, and her neighbors. Most records useful to genealogists for Massachusetts and other New England states were generated at the town level.

Obsolete Jurisdictions of Massachusetts:  Cornwall (ME)  · Devonshire (ME)  · Dominion of New England  · Dukes (NY)  · Maine  · Massachusetts Bay Colony  · New Hampshire  · New Netherland  · Norfolk (old)  · Plymouth Colony  · Yorkshire (ME)

Major Repositories

New England Historic Genealogical Society · American Antiquarian Society · Massachusetts State Archives · Massachusetts Historical Society · State Library of Massachusetts · Berkshire Athenaeum · Boston Public Library · Dedham Historical Society Library · Haverhill Public Library · Houghton Library Harvard University  · Jones Library · Onondaga Historical Association Library · Peabody Essex Museum · Plymouth Public Library · Springfield History Library and Archives · University of Massachusetts Amherst Library · Vermont Historical Society · National Archives Northeast Region (Boston) · Pittsfield Federal Records Center · New York Public Library

Migration Routes

Bay Road · Catskill Road · Coast Path · Greenwood Road · Kennebunk Road · King's Highway  · Boston Post Road · Massachusetts Turnpike · Mohawk Trail · Old Connecticut Path · Old Roebuck Road · Connecticut River · Atlantic Coast Ports


Historical Background

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. For more information about the history of Massachusetts, see the Massachusetts History article.

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