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== County Courthouse  ==
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{{MADC}}[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/MA_Berkshire.htm Berkshire County Courthouse]<br>76 East Street <br>Pittsfield, MA 01201; <br>Phone. 413.448.8424&nbsp;<br><br>'''''Court Clerk''''' has divorce records 1761-1922 and court records from 1761; '''''Probate Judge''''' has divorce records from 1922 and probate records from 1761; '''''Register of Deeds''''' has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 329. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br><br>
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'''Towns Organized Before 1800:''' <br>Adams 1778, <br>Alford 1773, <br>Becket 1765, <br>Cheshire 1793, <br>Clarksburg 1798, <br>Dalton 1784, <br>Egremont 1760, <br>Great Barrington 1761, <br>Hancock 1776, <br>Lanesborough 1765, <br>Lee 1777, <br>Lenox 1767, <br>Mount Washington 1779, <br>New Ashford 1781, <br>New Marlborough 1759, <br>Otis 1773,<br>Peru 1771, <br>Pittsfield 1761, <br>Richmond 1765, <br>Savoy 1797, <br>Sheffield 1733, <br>Standisfield 1762, <br>Stockbridge 1739, <br>Tyringham 1762, Washington 1777, West Stockbridge 1774, Williamstown 1765
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*In 1997, the county governments of Essex, Berkshire, Hampden, Middlesex and Worcester were abolished. Pittsfield acts as a county seat for the area.  
 
*In 1997, the county governments of Essex, Berkshire, Hampden, Middlesex and Worcester were abolished. Pittsfield acts as a county seat for the area.  
 
*Their functions were turned over to state agencies.  
 
*Their functions were turned over to state agencies.  
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*Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk county governments remain substantially unchanged.
 
*Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk county governments remain substantially unchanged.
  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''28 May 1760:''' Created&nbsp; from [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire]] County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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'''28 May 1760:''' Created&nbsp; from [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire]] County. <ref name="HBG" />  
  
 
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maberksh/ The Berkshire County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maberksh/ The Berkshire County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Berkshire The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Berkshire County.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Berkshire The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Berkshire County.  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Berkshire The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Berkshire County (backup site)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Berkshire The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Berkshire County (backup site)  
 
*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Berkshire|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Berkshire County
 
*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Berkshire|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Berkshire County
  
 
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Revision as of 19:39, 1 February 2013

This article is about a western Massachusetts county. For other uses, see Berkshire.

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Contents

County Courthouse

Hand and keyboard.jpg Massachusetts
Online Records
Berkshire County Courthouse
76 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201;
Phone. 413.448.8424 

Court Clerk has divorce records 1761-1922 and court records from 1761; Probate Judge has divorce records from 1922 and probate records from 1761; Register of Deeds has land records[1]

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Adams 1778,
Alford 1773,
Becket 1765,
Cheshire 1793,
Clarksburg 1798,
Dalton 1784,
Egremont 1760,
Great Barrington 1761,
Hancock 1776,
Lanesborough 1765,
Lee 1777,
Lenox 1767,
Mount Washington 1779,
New Ashford 1781,
New Marlborough 1759,
Otis 1773,
Peru 1771,
Pittsfield 1761,
Richmond 1765,
Savoy 1797,
Sheffield 1733,
Standisfield 1762,
Stockbridge 1739,
Tyringham 1762, Washington 1777, West Stockbridge 1774, Williamstown 1765

http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml

  • In 1997, the county governments of Essex, Berkshire, Hampden, Middlesex and Worcester were abolished. Pittsfield acts as a county seat for the area.
  • Their functions were turned over to state agencies.
  • Sheriffs in these counties still administer jails but their employees are state employees.
  • The legislation to abolish these county governments transferred Registeries of Deeds to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
  • Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk county governments remain substantially unchanged.

Quick Facts

Parent County

28 May 1760: Created  from Hampshire County. [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

MassachusettsConnecticutVermontNew YorkLitchfield CountyHartford CountyBennington CountyWindham CountyColumbia CountyRensselaer CountyHampden CountyHampshire CountyFranklin CountyBerkshire CountyGranbyHartlandColebrookNorfolkNorth CanaanSalisburyNorth EastAncramCopakeHillsdaleAusterlitzCanaanChathamNew LebanonStephentownNassauSand LakePoestenkillBrunswickPittstownGraftonPetersburghBerlinPownalStamfordReadsboroWhitinghamMonroeRoweCharlemontHawleyAshfieldPlainfieldCummingtonChesterfieldWorthingtonMiddlefieldChesterHuntingtonMontgomeryRussellGranvilleBlandfordTollandSandisfieldOtisBecketWashingtonPeruWindsorSavoyFloridaHinsdaleNew MarlboroughMontereyTyringhamLeeLenoxSheffieldMount WashingtonEgremontGreat BarringtonAlfordStockbridgeWest StockbridgeRichmondHancockPittsfieldDaltonLanesboroughCheshireNew AshfordAdamsNorth AdamsClarksburgWilliamstown
Modern towns and cities in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.


Resources

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Berkshire County, Massachusetts census records online, see: Massachusetts Census.

State Census

1855 Massachusetts State Census—A free Internet index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record 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

1865 Massachusetts State Census—A free Internet index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record 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.

Church

Court

Gazetteers

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Pittsfield, MA newspapers (1858-1977) and North Adams, MA newspapers (1895-1977) covering local news that included Hampden County residents.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 329. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.