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Modern town borders in Dukes County, Massachusetts.


Contents

County Courthouse

Dukes County Courthouse
PO Box 190
Edgartown, MA 02539

  • The oddity of the name of the county is due to the statute that created this county.


Dukes County Courthouse
PO Box 190;
Edgartown, MA 02539
Phone: 508.627.5535 

Clerk Courts has divorce and court records from 1859;
Probate Court has probate records;
Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records[1]



Towns Organized before 1800:
Chilmark 1694,
Edgartown 1671,
Tisbury 1671

History

Parent County

  • Created 1 Nov 1683 when it was claimed by Colony of New York, then reclaimed by Massachusetts Bay Colony, re-established 22 June 1695. [2]

Boundary Changes

  • Nantucket County set off 22 June 1695 at the same time when old Dukes County was reorganized. [2]

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns:

Aquinnah | Chilmark | Edgartown | Gosnold | Oak Bluffs | Tisbury | West Tisbury

Neighboring Counties

Barnstable | Nantucket | Suffolk County, New York

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

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

State Census

1855 Massachusetts State Census—a free searchable 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 searchable 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

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

The Portuguese Genealogy Project

  • Dedicated to the history and genealogy of Portuguese families of Martha"s Vineyard along with the Azores, Cape Verde Islands and the Madeira Islands.

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Dukes County, Massachussetts, p.329.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].

 

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