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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Halifax'''  
  
== History and Tidbits  ==
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Halifax. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.
  
=== Neighboring Communities ===
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=== Brief History ===
  
== Family History Resources  ==
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This area was first settled in 1669 part of [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]]. The area was placed in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the area was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The area is still in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]], though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]]. It was established as a town from parts of [[Middleborough, Massachusetts|Middleborough]], [[Pembroke, Massachusetts|Pembroke]], and [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]] in 1734.
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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== Historical Data ==
  
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The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 55. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>
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Bridgewater was once called Monponsett.
  
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Village or section names include Halifax Station, Monoponsett, and South Halifax.
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>
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! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
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| 4 July 1734
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| Established as a new town from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke, and Plympton. [Prov. Laws, 2: 717]
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| 20 Feb. 1824
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| Part of Bridgewater annexed
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| 16 Mar. 1831
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| Part of Plympton annexed
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| 11 Apr. 1857
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| Part annexed to East Bridgewater and borders established
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| 6 Feb. 1863
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| Border between Halifax and Plympton established and part of each town annexed to the other town
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<div style="width:147%"><center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Town Histories  ==
  
=== City or Town Web site  ===
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Works written on the town include:
  
=== City or Historical Libraries ===
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*Guy S. Baker, ''History of Halifax, Massachusetts'' (Halifax, Mass., 1976), 191 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2986167 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|269611|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/H4 H2b}}.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax,_Massachusetts Halifax Wikipedia page].
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Vital Records ==
  
=== Nearest Family History Center  ===
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The town's vital records are available in many locations: {{MAPlyHalMap}}
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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*[http://www.town.halifax.ma.us/Pages/HalifaxMA_Clerk/index '''Halifax Town Clerk's Office''']<br>499 Plymouth Street<br>Halifax MA 02338<br>Phone 781-293-7970<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Halifax town and vital records, 1734-1856, {{FHL|390700|item|disp=FHL films 904375 and 770906}}; 1841-1905, {{FHL|679998|item|disp=FHL film 2079888}}.<br>These records are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-D54%3A1440109738%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1703-1902, on 56 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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*''Vital Records of the town of Halifax, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849'' (Boston, 1905).<br>This volume was microfilmed by the Family History Library, {{FHL|224774|item|disp=FHL film 874033 Item 3}} (with digital link) and in digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofto00hali Internet Archive], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10063 Ancestry] ($), and [http://dunhamwilcox.net/ma/0_halifax_index.htm abstracted online]. In a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=190&Co=191&Rg=218&Ci=Halifax American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6000344 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|224774|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/H4 V2b}} (with digital link).<br>
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>
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*Halifax town and vital records, 1734-1856 and 1841-1905, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-D54%3A1440109738%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>
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== City Directories  ==
  
== Genealogy and History Websites  ==
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Halifax was published in 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.
  
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The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
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Other holdings:
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1884, 1889, 1892.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1914 (under Carver).
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1906, 1910, 1914 (with Carver) on {{FHL|1129237|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1022119~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914 (with Carver.
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Cemeteries  ==
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Halifax. For a map of their location with links to some transcriptions, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/halifax/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony.net].<br>
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:#Central Cemetery, 1830. (A)
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:#Drew Family Plot, 1807. (A)
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:#Hudson-Briggs Family Tomb, 1819. (B - on the East Bridgewater town line)
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:#Perkins Lot, 1811. (A)
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:#Sturtevant / Monponsett Pond / East Cemetery, 1728. (A)
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:#Thomson Cemetery, 1734. (A)
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}<br> (B). ''Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1917) [see links above under Vital Records].<br>
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Churches  ==
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The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.
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:#[http://www.halifaxcongregationalchurch.org/ Halifax Congregational Church], 1734, records good, but no records before 1824.
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:#Baptist Church, n.d., no longer extant with some records with the Middleborough Town Clerk.
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:#[http://www.connecttocalvary.com/ Calvary Baptist Church], n.d.
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:#[http://www.ourladyofthelakehalifax.org/ Our Lady of the Lake Church], n.d.
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Newspapers  ==
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:#''Halifax Reporter'', 1984-present.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:
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[http://holmespubliclibrary.org/ '''Holmes Public Library''']<br>470 Plymouth Street<br>Halifax MA 02338<br> Phone 781-293-2271<br>Email [mailto:hfxpl@sailsinc.org hfxpl@sailsinc.org]
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== References  ==
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: ''' '''''Plymouth Co:''''' [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]] | [[East Bridgewater, Massachusetts|East Bridgewater]] | [[Hanson, Massachusetts|Hanson]] | [[Middleborough, Massachusetts|Middleborough]] | [[Pembroke, Massachusetts|Pembroke]] | [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]]</center><br>{{Towns in Plymouth County in Massachusetts}} <!--Designed by Scott Andrew Bartley in conjunction with the Mass. Wiki Team on 8 May 2012--> </div>
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Halifax

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Halifax. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

Contents

Brief History

This area was first settled in 1669 part of Plymouth Colony. The area was placed in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the area was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The area is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was established as a town from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke, and Plympton in 1734.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Bridgewater was once called Monponsett.

Village or section names include Halifax Station, Monoponsett, and South Halifax.

Border changes
Dates Events
4 July 1734 Established as a new town from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke, and Plympton. [Prov. Laws, 2: 717]
20 Feb. 1824 Part of Bridgewater annexed
16 Mar. 1831 Part of Plympton annexed
11 Apr. 1857 Part annexed to East Bridgewater and borders established
6 Feb. 1863 Border between Halifax and Plympton established and part of each town annexed to the other town
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:

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Vital Records

The town's vital records are available in many locations:
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Town of Halifax, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.


Original records
Published records
Online records
  • Halifax town and vital records, 1734-1856 and 1841-1905, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories

Halifax was published in 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

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Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Halifax. For a map of their location with links to some transcriptions, see PlymouthColony.net.

  1. Central Cemetery, 1830. (A)
  2. Drew Family Plot, 1807. (A)
  3. Hudson-Briggs Family Tomb, 1819. (B - on the East Bridgewater town line)
  4. Perkins Lot, 1811. (A)
  5. Sturtevant / Monponsett Pond / East Cemetery, 1728. (A)
  6. Thomson Cemetery, 1734. (A)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3
(B). Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1917) [see links above under Vital Records].

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Churches

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.

  1. Halifax Congregational Church, 1734, records good, but no records before 1824.
  2. Baptist Church, n.d., no longer extant with some records with the Middleborough Town Clerk.
  3. Calvary Baptist Church, n.d.
  4. Our Lady of the Lake Church, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Halifax Reporter, 1984-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Holmes Public Library
470 Plymouth Street
Halifax MA 02338
Phone 781-293-2271
Email hfxpl@sailsinc.org

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 55. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Bridgewater | East Bridgewater | Hanson | Middleborough | Pembroke | Plympton