Last week marked the first major milestone for FamilySearch Wiki contributors involved with the Massachusetts Wiki Project. The milestone includes a major content update to the Plymouth County, Massachusetts page and the addition of twenty-seven Plymouth County town pages (see links below).
Each Wiki page now includes a brief history of the town or county along with historical data detailing associated place names, historical events, and boundary changes. Users will also find information about town and county histories, vital records, cemeteries, churches, newspapers, and local libraries and historical societies.
Most notable is the section on vital records. The vital records section is extremely helpful for people interested in finding original and published birth, marriage, and death records. This section contains contact information for Massachusetts town clerks, links to online digital records, and details about the microfilm resources at the Family History Library.
Drew Bartley, a prominent New England genealogist and contributor to the Massachusetts Wiki Project, says the goal of the project, “is to create an online genealogical guide for Massachusetts.” If all goes well, Drew envisions similar projects for the remaining New England states. While substantially more information could be added to the Wiki pages, Drew reminds us that this is just the “starting point.” (For more of Drew’s remarks see “Announcing a New Online Guide for Genealogists” found in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.)
Next up on the to-do list is Suffolk County. We invite anyone who has an interest in Massachusetts research to take a moment and examine the Plymouth County pages. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment on this blog page.
Massachusetts Wiki Project County and Town Pages:
Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Lakeville, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rochester, Rockland, Scituate, Wareham, West Bridgewater, Whitman