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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] '''''Middlesex County'''<br><br>{{MADC}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] '''''Middlesex County'''<br>  
| county = Middlesex County
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| county_map = Ma-middlesex.png
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| state = Massachusetts
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| founded year = May 10
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| founded date = 1643
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| seat= East Cambidge
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| building address = Middlesex County Courthouse<br> 208 Cambridge Street East<br>East Cambridge, Ma 02141<br>Phone: 617-494-4533<br>[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/MA_Middlesex.htm '''Middlesex County Website'''] }}
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the county of Middlesex. You will find help with town histories, vital records, deeds and land records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.
  
<br>City Clerks has birth records 1632-1745<br>marrige records 1651-1793,&nbsp;death records 165-1689;<br>Divorce records from 1888 and court records from 1755<br>Register of Deeds 360 Gorham Street Lowell, Ma 01852&nbsp;has land <br>records from southern District for Northern District from 1855<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 330. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== Essex County Massachusetts History  ==
  
[http://lwvma.org/your-government/counties/ League of Women Voters of Massachusetts-Counties]
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=== Brief History  ===
  
*In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]], [[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex]], [[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]] and [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] were abolished.
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*Their functions were turned over to state agencies.
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*Sheriffs in these counties still administer jails but their employees are state employees.
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*The legislation to abolish these county governments transferred Registeries of Deeds to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
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*[[Bristol County, Massachusetts|Bristol]], [[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes]], [[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket]], [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]], [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] and [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]] county governments remain substantially unchanged.
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=== Quick Facts ===
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=== Historical Data ===
  
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The basic data are from the historical county boundary series<ref>[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#SUFFOLK Massachusetts Atlas of Historical County Boundaries]</ref> with additions from various sources.
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| 10 May 1643
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| Middlesex County created as one of the four original counties formed out of Massachusetts Bay Colony with no defined western boundary. [Mass. Rec., 2: 38]
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| 26 May 1658
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| Billerica lost 15 acres to Andover, Essex Co.
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| 10 July 1731
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| [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester County]] created from the western portion.
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| 29 June 1732
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| Land from Groton and Stow, and Lancaster, Worcester Co., taken to form the new town of Harvard in Worcester Co. that altered the border there.
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| 14 June 1735
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| Small lost when Upton, Worcester Co., was created on its border.
 
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| 6 Mar. 1767
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| Small gain when Ashby was created from Townsend with small parts of Ashburnham and Fitchburg in Worcester Co.
 
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| 25 Feb. 1783
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| Gained when Boxborough annexed part of Harvard, Worcester Co.
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| 16 Mar. 1784
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| Small lost when Berlin was created from Bolton and Northborough (all in Worcester Co.) and Marlborough.
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| 7 Mar. 1786
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| Small lost when Southborough, Worcester Co., annexed from Framingham.
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| 16 Nov. 1792
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| Gained large triangular piece when Ashby annexed it from Ashburnham, Worcester Co.
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| 22 June 1797
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| Sizable loss when Natick and Needham, Norfolk Co., exchanged land to straighten out border.
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| 20 June 1807
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| Small lost when Northborough, Worcester Co., annexed a part of Marlborough.
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| 8 Mar. 1808
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| Small lost when Upton, Worcester Co., annexed a part of Hopkinton.
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| 11 Feb. 1829
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| One acre lost when Bolton, Worcester Co., annexed a part of Marlborough.
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| 27 Mar. 1835
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| Redefined border between Hopkinton and Holliston, and Milford, Worcester Co.
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| 16 Mar. 1838
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| Redefined border between Marlborough and Bolton in Worcester Co.
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| 23 Apr. 1838
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| Sizable loss when Roxbury, Norfolk Co., annexed a part of Newton.
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| 24 Mar. 1843
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| Small area gained when Marlborough annexed a part of Southborough, Worcester Co.
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| 3 Mar. 1846<br>25 Apr. 1848
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| Redefined border between Shirley and Lunenburg, Worcester Co.
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| 10 Apr. 1854
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| Reading annexed a part of Lynnfield, Essex Co.
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| 7 Jan. 1858
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| North Reading annexed a part of Lynnfield, Essex Co.
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| 1 Apr. 1859
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| Small lost when Milford, Worcester Co., annexed a part of Holliston.
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| 20 Mar. 1868
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| Hudson annexed a small part of Bolton, Worcester Co.
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| 5 Jan. 1874
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| Suffolk County annexed all of [[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton]] and [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown]].
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| 29 May 1874<br>1 July 1875
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| Redefined border between Newton and Boston, Suffolk Co.
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| 4 May 1891
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| Redefined border between Somerville and Boston, Suffolk Co.
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| 29 Mar. 1898<br>16 May 1898
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| Redefined border in Charles River with Cambridge and land with Newton, with Boston, Suffolk Co.
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| 16 May 1901
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| Redefined border with Marlborough and Southborough, Wocester Co.
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| 21 May 1903-<br>2 May 1905
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| Several redefined borders with Tewksbury, North Reading, and Reading with Essex Co. towns.
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| 1 May 1905
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| Redefined border between Hudson and Marlborough with Berlin, Worcester Co.
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| 14 June 1906
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| Small gain when Littleton annexed a part of Harvard, Worcester Co.
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| 28 Mar. 1907
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| Redefined border between Newton and Brookline, Norfolk Co.
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| 16 May 1907
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| Redefined border between Hopkinton with Milford and Upton, Worcester Co.
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| 29 Mar. 1910
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| Redefined border in Charles River with Cambridge with Boston, Suffolk Co.
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| 18 Sept. 1933
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| Small gain when Wakefield annexed a part of Saugus, Essex Co.
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| 10 Apr. 1947
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| Redefined border between Reading and Lynnfield, Essex Co.
 
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=== Towns and Cities  ===
  
The county was created by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643, when it was ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires". Middlesex initially contained Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, and Reading.
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The following list of present-day Middlesex County towns and cities links them to their individual pages. There you will find a list of other names used for the town or city and of villages and sections of the town or city.
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[[Image:Ma-middlesex.png|right|400px|Ma-middlesex.png]]<center>[[Acton, Massachusetts|Acton (1735)]] | [[Arlington, Massachusetts|Arlington (1807)]] | [[Ashby, Massachusetts|Ashby (1767)]] | [[Ashland, Massachusetts|Ashland (1846)]]<br>[[Ayer, Massachusetts|Ayer (1871)]] | [[Bedford, Massachusetts|Bedford (1729)]] | [[Belmont, Massachusetts|Belmont (1859)]] | [[Billerica, Massachusetts|Billerica (1655)]]<br>[[Boxborough, Massachusetts|Boxborough (1835)]] | [[Burlington, Massachusetts|Burlington (1799)]] | [[Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge (1636)]] | [[Carlisle, Massachusetts|Carlisle (1780)]]<br>[[Chelmsford, Massachusetts|Chelmsford (1655)]] | [[Concord, Massachusetts|Concord (1635)]] | [[Dracut, Massachusetts|Dracut (1701)]] | [[Dunstable, Massachusetts|Dunstable (1673)]]<br>[[Everett, Massachusetts|Everett (1870)]] | [[Framingham, Massachusetts|Framingham (1700)]] | [[Groton, Massachusetts|Groton (1655)]] | [[Holliston, Massachusetts|Holliston (1724)]]<br>[[Hopkinton, Massachusetts|Hopkinton (1715)]] | [[Hudson, Massachusetts|Hudson (1866)]] | [[Lexington, Massachusetts|Lexington (1713)]] | [[Lincoln, Massachusetts|Lincoln (1754)]]<br>[[Littleton, Massachusetts|Littleton (1715)]] | [[Lowell, Massachusetts|Lowell (1826)]] | [[Malden, Massachusetts|Malden (1649)]] | [[Marlborough, Massachusetts|Marlborough (1660)]]<br>[[Maynard, Massachusetts|Maynard (1871)]] | [[Medford, Massachusetts|Medford (1630)]] | [[Melrose, Massachusetts|Melrose (1850)]] | [[Natick, Massachusetts|Natick (1781)]]<br>[[Newton, Massachusetts|Newton (1688)]] | [[North Reading, Massachusetts|North Reading (1853)]] | [[Pepperell, Massachusetts|Pepperell (1775)]] | [[Reading, Massachusetts|Reading (1644)]]<br>[[Sherborn, Massachusetts|Sherborn (1674)]] | [[Shirley, Massachusetts|Shirley (1775)]] | [[Somerville, Massachusetts|Somerville (1842)]] | [[Stoneham, Massachusetts|Stoneham (1725)]]<br>[[Stow, Massachusetts|Stow (1683)]] | [[Sudbury, Massachusetts|Sudbury (1639)]] | [[Tewksbury, Massachusetts|Tewksbury (1734)]] | [[Townsend, Massachusetts|Townsend (1732)]]<br>[[Tyngsborough, Massachusetts|Tyngsborough (1809)]] | [[Wakefield, Massachusetts|Wakefield (1812)]] | [[Waltham, Massachusetts|Waltham (1738)]] | [[Watertown, Massachusetts|Watertown (1630)]]<br>[[Wayland, Massachusetts|Wayland (1780)]] | [[Westford, Massachusetts|Westford (1729)]] | [[Weston, Massachusetts|Weston (1713)]] | [[Wilmington, Massachusetts|Wilmington (1730)]]<br>[[Winchester, Massachusetts|Winchester (1850)]] | [[Woburn, Massachusetts|Woburn (1642)]]</center><br>
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'''Annexed to Boston:''' [[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton (1806)]] | [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown (1630)]]
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== County Histories ===
  
'''10 May 1643:''' Created from the [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] lands.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists'', 181.</ref>
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{{MAMidTowns}}Works written on the county include:
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''5 April 1731:''' [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] County was set off.  
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*[http://www.calcentral.com/~ourgenealogy/mamiddle.html The Middlesex County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County (backup site)
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*{{FHL|184215|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Middlesex County
  
==== Record Loss ====
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== Middlesex County Massachusetts Genealogy Resources ==
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=== Places / Localities  ===
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{{MAMidTowns}}'''Cities:&nbsp;''' {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Everett, Massachusetts|Everett}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Lowell, Massachusetts|Lowell}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Malden, Massachusetts|Malden}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Marlborough, Massachusetts|Marlborough}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Medford, Massachusetts|Medford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Melrose, Massachusetts|Melrose}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton, Massachusetts|Newton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Somerville, Massachusetts|Somerville}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Waltham, Massachusetts|Waltham}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Watertown, Massachusetts|Watertown}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Woburn, Massachusetts|Woburn}} }}
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
'''Towns:&nbsp;''' {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Acton, Massachusetts|Acton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Arlington, Massachusetts|Arlington}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Ashby, Massachusetts|Ashby}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Ashland, Massachusetts|Ashland}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Ayer, Massachusetts|Ayer}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Bedford, Massachusetts|Bedford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Belmont, Massachusetts|Belmont}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Billerica, Massachusetts|Billerica}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Boxborough, Massachusetts|Boxborough}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Burlington, Massachusetts|Burlington}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Carlisle, Massachusetts|Carlisle}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Chelmsford, Massachusetts|Chelmsford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Concord, Massachusetts|Concord}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Dracut, Massachusetts|Dracut}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Dunstable, Massachusetts|Dunstable}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Framingham, Massachusetts|Framingham}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Groton, Massachusetts|Groton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Holliston, Massachusetts|Holliston}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Hopkinton, Massachusetts|Hopkinton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Hudson, Massachusetts|Hudson}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Lexington, Massachusetts|Lexington}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Lincoln, Massachusetts|Lincoln}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Littleton, Massachusetts|Littleton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Maynard, Massachusetts|Maynard}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Natick, Massachusetts|Natick}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|North Reading, Massachusetts|North Reading}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Pepperell, Massachusetts|Pepperell}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Reading, Massachusetts|Reading}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Sherborn, Massachusetts|Sherborn}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Shirley, Massachusetts|Shirley}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Stoneham, Massachusetts|Stoneham}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Stow, Massachusetts|Stow}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Sudbury, Massachusetts|Sudbury}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Tewksbury, Massachusetts|Tewksbury}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Townsend, Massachusetts|Townsend}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Tyngsborough, Massachusetts|Tyngsborough}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Wakefield, Massachusetts|Wakefield}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Wayland, Massachusetts|Wayland}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Westford, Massachusetts|Westford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Weston, Massachusetts|Weston}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Wilmington, Massachusetts|Wilmington}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Winchester, Massachusetts|Winchester}} }}
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In Massachusetts, the original vital records (of births, marriages, and deaths) have been created and maintained by the town or city in which the event occurred. In very early colonial times, copies of these records were submitted to the county, but that practice died out long before 1700. There were marriage intentions commonly recorded in the bride's home town and additional recordings maybe found in the groom's home town and their current residence.<br>
  
'''Ceded Towns:&nbsp;''' [[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton]] | [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown]] | [[Litchfield, Massachusetts|Litchfield]] | [[Nottingham, Massachusetts|Nottingham]]<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 224-26. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>  
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Massachusetts was the first state to bring a unified state-level recording of these events (but not marriage intentions) in 1841 (Boston excluded until 1850). The associated records of divorce and adoption are handled by the courts. The state has maintained a state-wide index to divorces since 1952, but adoption records will require more researching to discover.<br>  
  
'''Villages:&nbsp;''' {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Auburndale, Massachusetts|Auburndale}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts|Chestnut Hill}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Cochituate, Massachusetts|Cochituate}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Fort Devens, Massachusetts|Fort Devens}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|East Pepperell, Massachusetts|East Pepperell}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Gleasondale, Massachusetts|Gleasondale}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Littleton Common, Massachusetts|Littleton Common}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton Centre, Massachusetts|Newton Centre}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton Highlands, Massachusetts|Newton Highlands}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts|Newton Lower Falls}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts|Newton Upper Falls}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newtonville, Massachusetts|Newtonville}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Nonantum, Massachusetts|Nonantum}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|North Billerica, Massachusetts|North Billerica}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|North Chelmsford, Massachusetts|North Chelmsford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Pinehurst, Massachusetts|Pinehurst}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Waban, Massachusetts|Waban}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|West Concord, Massachusetts|West Concord}} }} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|West Newton, Massachusetts|West Newton}} }}
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It is easiest to start with the state vital records for events since 1841, though realize the original record is with the town or city. More details can be found on the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Vital_Records|Massachusetts Genealogy Guide]] page.<br>
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Land Records ===
  
{{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|New Hampshire County}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Hillsborough County, New Hampshire|Hillsborough}} }}
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=== Resources ===
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=== Probate Records ===
  
==== Archives and Libraries  ====
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==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Other Court Records ===
  
Refer to the cities and towns above for the cemeteries. There are no "rural" cemeteries in Massachusetts.
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=48398 Lowell Cemetery, Lowell] BillionGraves
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=== Taxation Records  ===
*[http://stpatrickcemetery.com/ St. Patrick Cemetery], Lowell: Courtesy of the cemetery&nbsp;
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*[http://www.stmarycemetery.com/ St. Mary Cemetery], Tewksbury: Courtesy of the cemetery
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=48789 Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell] BillionGraves. (location also listed in above localities box as 'Littleton Commons').
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==== Census  ====
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=== Maps ===
  
Searchable census records:
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IN PROGRESS
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803959 1790]
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== Middlesex County Massachusetts Genealogy Societies  ==
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1804228 1800]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803765 1810]
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== Middlesex County Massachusetts Genealogy References ==
 
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803955 1820]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803958 1830]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1786457 1840]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1401638 1850]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1473181 1860]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1438024 1870]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 1880]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1610551 1890 Veterans]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 1900]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1727033 1910]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1488411 1920]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1810731 1930]
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===== State Census  =====
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'''1855'''
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*please refers to cities and towns, too
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[[Massachusetts 1855 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|''Massachusetts 1855 State Census'']] A free Internet index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1459985FamilySearch Historical Records Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1855, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
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'''1865'''
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[[Massachusetts 1865 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|''Massachusetts 1865 State Census'']] A free Internet index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410399 FamilySearch Historical Records Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1865, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
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==== Church Records  ====
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Refer to Cities and Towns for the church history and records. There are no "rural" churches in Massachusetts.
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[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=3091 {{nowrap|Boston newspapers}}] (early 1900's), [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=16919 The Lowell Sun] (1878-1977), [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=9894 {{nowrap|Fitchburg newspapers}}] (1868-1977), and [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=64&ci=23471 {{nowrap|Portsmouth,NH newspapers}}] (1898-2007) covering local news that included residents from Middlesex County communities.<br>
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[http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/ Cambridge Public Library's Historic Cambrige Newspaper Collection] courtesy of the Cambridge Public Library includes the following newspapers:
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*Cambridge Chronicle (1846-1923
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*The Cambridge Press (1887-1889)
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*The Cambridge Sentinel (1903-1912)
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*The Cambridge Tribune (1887-1923)
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=== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ===
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Belmont Massachusetts Family History Center]]
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*[[Boston Massachusetts Family History Center]]
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*[[Cambridge Massachusetts Family History Center]]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County (backup site)
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*[http://www.gurganus.org/ourfamily/county.cfm/state/MA/county/Middlesex%20Co Middlesex County at Our Family Tree]
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*{{FHL|184215|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Middlesex County
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the county of Middlesex. You will find help with town histories, vital records, deeds and land records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

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Essex County Massachusetts History

Brief History

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Historical Data

The basic data are from the historical county boundary series[1] with additions from various sources.

Dates Events
10 May 1643 Middlesex County created as one of the four original counties formed out of Massachusetts Bay Colony with no defined western boundary. [Mass. Rec., 2: 38]
26 May 1658 Billerica lost 15 acres to Andover, Essex Co.
10 July 1731 Worcester County created from the western portion.
29 June 1732 Land from Groton and Stow, and Lancaster, Worcester Co., taken to form the new town of Harvard in Worcester Co. that altered the border there.
14 June 1735 Small lost when Upton, Worcester Co., was created on its border.
6 Mar. 1767 Small gain when Ashby was created from Townsend with small parts of Ashburnham and Fitchburg in Worcester Co.
25 Feb. 1783 Gained when Boxborough annexed part of Harvard, Worcester Co.
16 Mar. 1784 Small lost when Berlin was created from Bolton and Northborough (all in Worcester Co.) and Marlborough.
7 Mar. 1786 Small lost when Southborough, Worcester Co., annexed from Framingham.
16 Nov. 1792 Gained large triangular piece when Ashby annexed it from Ashburnham, Worcester Co.
22 June 1797 Sizable loss when Natick and Needham, Norfolk Co., exchanged land to straighten out border.
20 June 1807 Small lost when Northborough, Worcester Co., annexed a part of Marlborough.
8 Mar. 1808 Small lost when Upton, Worcester Co., annexed a part of Hopkinton.
11 Feb. 1829 One acre lost when Bolton, Worcester Co., annexed a part of Marlborough.
27 Mar. 1835 Redefined border between Hopkinton and Holliston, and Milford, Worcester Co.
16 Mar. 1838 Redefined border between Marlborough and Bolton in Worcester Co.
23 Apr. 1838 Sizable loss when Roxbury, Norfolk Co., annexed a part of Newton.
24 Mar. 1843 Small area gained when Marlborough annexed a part of Southborough, Worcester Co.
3 Mar. 1846
25 Apr. 1848
Redefined border between Shirley and Lunenburg, Worcester Co.
10 Apr. 1854 Reading annexed a part of Lynnfield, Essex Co.
7 Jan. 1858 North Reading annexed a part of Lynnfield, Essex Co.
1 Apr. 1859 Small lost when Milford, Worcester Co., annexed a part of Holliston.
20 Mar. 1868 Hudson annexed a small part of Bolton, Worcester Co.
5 Jan. 1874 Suffolk County annexed all of Brighton and Charlestown.
29 May 1874
1 July 1875
Redefined border between Newton and Boston, Suffolk Co.
4 May 1891 Redefined border between Somerville and Boston, Suffolk Co.
29 Mar. 1898
16 May 1898
Redefined border in Charles River with Cambridge and land with Newton, with Boston, Suffolk Co.
16 May 1901 Redefined border with Marlborough and Southborough, Wocester Co.
21 May 1903-
2 May 1905
Several redefined borders with Tewksbury, North Reading, and Reading with Essex Co. towns.
1 May 1905 Redefined border between Hudson and Marlborough with Berlin, Worcester Co.
14 June 1906 Small gain when Littleton annexed a part of Harvard, Worcester Co.
28 Mar. 1907 Redefined border between Newton and Brookline, Norfolk Co.
16 May 1907 Redefined border between Hopkinton with Milford and Upton, Worcester Co.
29 Mar. 1910 Redefined border in Charles River with Cambridge with Boston, Suffolk Co.
18 Sept. 1933 Small gain when Wakefield annexed a part of Saugus, Essex Co.
10 Apr. 1947 Redefined border between Reading and Lynnfield, Essex Co.
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Towns and Cities

The following list of present-day Middlesex County towns and cities links them to their individual pages. There you will find a list of other names used for the town or city and of villages and sections of the town or city.

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Acton (1735) | Arlington (1807) | Ashby (1767) | Ashland (1846)
Ayer (1871) | Bedford (1729) | Belmont (1859) | Billerica (1655)
Boxborough (1835) | Burlington (1799) | Cambridge (1636) | Carlisle (1780)
Chelmsford (1655) | Concord (1635) | Dracut (1701) | Dunstable (1673)
Everett (1870) | Framingham (1700) | Groton (1655) | Holliston (1724)
Hopkinton (1715) | Hudson (1866) | Lexington (1713) | Lincoln (1754)
Littleton (1715) | Lowell (1826) | Malden (1649) | Marlborough (1660)
Maynard (1871) | Medford (1630) | Melrose (1850) | Natick (1781)
Newton (1688) | North Reading (1853) | Pepperell (1775) | Reading (1644)
Sherborn (1674) | Shirley (1775) | Somerville (1842) | Stoneham (1725)
Stow (1683) | Sudbury (1639) | Tewksbury (1734) | Townsend (1732)
Tyngsborough (1809) | Wakefield (1812) | Waltham (1738) | Watertown (1630)
Wayland (1780) | Westford (1729) | Weston (1713) | Wilmington (1730)
Winchester (1850) | Woburn (1642)

Annexed to Boston: Brighton (1806) | Charlestown (1630)

County Histories

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Modern city and town borders in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Works written on the county include:

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Middlesex County Massachusetts Genealogy Resources

Vital Records

In Massachusetts, the original vital records (of births, marriages, and deaths) have been created and maintained by the town or city in which the event occurred. In very early colonial times, copies of these records were submitted to the county, but that practice died out long before 1700. There were marriage intentions commonly recorded in the bride's home town and additional recordings maybe found in the groom's home town and their current residence.

Massachusetts was the first state to bring a unified state-level recording of these events (but not marriage intentions) in 1841 (Boston excluded until 1850). The associated records of divorce and adoption are handled by the courts. The state has maintained a state-wide index to divorces since 1952, but adoption records will require more researching to discover.

It is easiest to start with the state vital records for events since 1841, though realize the original record is with the town or city. More details can be found on the Massachusetts Genealogy Guide page.

Land Records

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Probate Records

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Other Court Records

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Taxation Records

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Maps

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Middlesex County Massachusetts Genealogy Societies

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Middlesex County Massachusetts Genealogy References