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== Town Histories  ==
 
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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}}.  
 
*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}}.  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax,_Massachusetts Halifax Wikipedia page].
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax,_Massachusetts Halifax Wikipedia page].
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== Vital Records  ==
 
== Vital Records  ==
  
[[Image:MA Plymouth Co Halifax map.png|right|400px|File:MA_Plymouth_Co_Halifax_map.png]]The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
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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>  
 
*[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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<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].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6000344 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|224774|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/H4 V2b}} (with digital link).<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
 
*''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].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6000344 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|224774|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/H4 V2b}} (with digital link).<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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== Cemeteries  ==
 
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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>  
 
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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== Churches  ==
 
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#[http://www.connecttocalvary.com/ Calvary Baptist Church], n.d.  
 
#[http://www.connecttocalvary.com/ Calvary Baptist Church], n.d.  
 
#[http://www.ourladyofthelakehalifax.org/ Our Lady of the Lake Church], n.d.
 
#[http://www.ourladyofthelakehalifax.org/ Our Lady of the Lake Church], n.d.
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== Newspapers  ==
 
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#''Halifax Reporter'', 1984-present.
 
#''Halifax Reporter'', 1984-present.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
 
== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
  

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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[1]

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

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Town of Halifax, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

]]The town's vital records are available in many locations:

Original records
Published records
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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 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