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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Hampshire County'''  
 
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| building address = Hampshire County Courthouse<br> 33 King Street<br>Northampton, Ma 01060<br>Phone:&nbsp; 413-586-8500<br>[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/MA_Hampden.htm '''Hampshire County Website'''] }}
  
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City Clerks have birth, marriage, and death records,&nbsp; <br>Probate Court has probate and divorce records,<br>District Court has court records, Register of Deeds<br>has land records from 1600's.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 330. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
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[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/MA_Hampden.htm Hampshire County Courthouse]<br>33 King Street<br>Northampton, Ma 01060<br>Phone:&nbsp; 413-586-8500<br><br>City Clerks have birth, marriage, and death records,&nbsp; <br>Probate Court has probate and divorce records,<br>District Court has court records, Register of Deeds<br>has land records from 1600's<ref>&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;I&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;The Handybook for Genealogists&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;: United States of America&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/I&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Hampshire County, Massachusetts, p.330.</ref>
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The legislature approved special charters to allow Hampshire and Hampshire counties to become regional councils of government.  
 
The legislature approved special charters to allow Hampshire and Hampshire counties to become regional councils of government.  
  
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*Counties were set off: <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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**[[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] County 5 Apr 1731  
 
**[[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] County 5 Apr 1731  
 
**[[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]] County 28 May 1760  
 
**[[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]] County 28 May 1760  
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
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[[Easthampton, Massachusetts|Easthampton]] | [[Northampton, Massachusetts|Northampton]]  
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'''Cities:&nbsp;''' [[Easthampton, Massachusetts|Easthampton]] | [[Northampton, Massachusetts|Northampton]]  
  
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'''Towns:&nbsp;''' [[Amherst, Massachusetts|Amherst]] | [[Belchertown, Massachusetts|Belchertown]] | [[Chesterfield, Massachusetts|Chesterfield]] | [[Cummington, Massachusetts|Cummington]] | [[Goshen, Massachusetts|Goshen]] | [[Granby, Massachusetts|Granby]] | [[Hadley, Massachusetts|Hadley]] | [[Hatfield, Massachusetts|Hatfield]] | [[Huntington, Massachusetts|Huntington]] | [[Middlefield, Massachusetts|Middlefield]] | [[Pelham, Massachusetts|Pelham]] | [[Plainfield, Massachusetts|Plainfield]] | [[South Hadley, Massachusetts|South Hadley]] | [[Southampton, Massachusetts|Southampton]] | [[Ware, Massachusetts|Ware]] | [[Westhampton, Massachusetts|Westhampton]] | [[Williamsburg, Massachusetts|Williamsburg]] | [[Worthington, Massachusetts|Worthington]]
  
[[Amherst, Massachusetts|Amherst]] | [[Belchertown, Massachusetts|Belchertown]] | [[Chesterfield, Massachusetts|Chesterfield]] | [[Cummington, Massachusetts|Cummington]] | [[Goshen, Massachusetts|Goshen]] | [[Granby, Massachusetts|Granby]] | [[Hadley, Massachusetts|Hadley]] | [[Hatfield, Massachusetts|Hatfield]] | [[Huntington, Massachusetts|Huntington]] | [[Middlefield, Massachusetts|Middlefield]] | [[Pelham, Massachusetts|Pelham]] | [[Plainfield, Massachusetts|Plainfield]] | [[South Hadley, Massachusetts|South Hadley]] | [[Southampton, Massachusetts|Southampton]] | [[Ware, Massachusetts|Ware]] | [[Westhampton, Massachusetts|Westhampton]] | [[Williamsburg, Massachusetts|Williamsburg]] | [[Worthington, Massachusetts|Worthington]]
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'''Extinct Towns:&nbsp;''' [[Greenwich, Massachusetts|Greenwich]] | [[Prescott, Massachusetts|Prescott]]<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 225. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
  
 
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Until population warranted it, criminal and civil court cases were included in the same court records. The first 24 volumes in Hampshire County include civil cases from the Inferior Court of Common Pleas and criminal court cases from the Court of General Sessions of the Peace:<ref>Linda E. Brinkerhoff, "New England Research: A Matter of Jurisdiction," Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog (http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2009/11/19/new-england-research-new-strategies-that-work/ : accessed 30 November 2009), para. 3-4; citing Grace Pittman.</ref><ref name="FHLC">Family History Library Catalog, ''FamilySearch'' (www.familysearch.org : accessed 30 November 2009).</ref>  
 
Until population warranted it, criminal and civil court cases were included in the same court records. The first 24 volumes in Hampshire County include civil cases from the Inferior Court of Common Pleas and criminal court cases from the Court of General Sessions of the Peace:<ref>Linda E. Brinkerhoff, "New England Research: A Matter of Jurisdiction," Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog (http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2009/11/19/new-england-research-new-strategies-that-work/ : accessed 30 November 2009), para. 3-4; citing Grace Pittman.</ref><ref name="FHLC">Family History Library Catalog, ''FamilySearch'' (www.familysearch.org : accessed 30 November 2009).</ref>  
  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mahampsh/ The Hampshire County MA GenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mahampsh/ The Hampshire County MA GenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Hampshire The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Hampshire County  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Hampshire The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Hampshire County  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Hampshire The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Hampshire County (backup site)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Hampshire The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Hampshire County (backup site)  
 
*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Hampshire|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Hampshire County
 
*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Hampshire|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Hampshire County
  
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Revision as of 17:19, 22 March 2013

United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Hampshire County

Hand and keyboard.jpg Massachusetts
Online Records
Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Map
Map of Massachusetts highlighting Hampshire County
Location in the state of Massachusetts
Map of the U.S. highlighting Massachusetts
Location of Massachusetts in the U.S.
Facts
Founded May 7, 1662
County Seat Northampton
Courthouse
Address Hampshire County Courthouse
33 King Street
Northampton, Ma 01060
Phone:  413-586-8500
Hampshire County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

City Clerks have birth, marriage, and death records, 
Probate Court has probate and divorce records,
District Court has court records, Register of Deeds
has land records from 1600's.[1]

The legislature approved special charters to allow Hampshire and Hampshire counties to become regional councils of government.

History

Parent County

7 May 1662: Created from Massachusetts Bay Colony lands[1] from Middlesex County. As is common in large New England counties, the county had two county courthouses, Northampton in the north and Springfield in the south.[2]

Boundary Changes

  • Counties were set off: [1]
    • Worcester County 5 Apr 1731
    • Berkshire County 28 May 1760
    • Franklin County 24 June 1811
    • Hampden County 25 Feb 1812. Created from the southern part of Hampshire with Springfield as the county seat.[2]

Record Loss

Places / Localities

MassachusettsHampshire CountyBerkshire CountyBerkshire CountyHampshire CountyFranklin CountyWorcester CountyMiddlefieldWorthingtonCummingtonPlainfieldGoshenChesterfieldHuntingtonWesthamptonSouthamptonEasthamptonNorthamptonWilliamsburgHatfieldHadleySouth HadleyGranbyAmherstPelhamBelchertownWareSavoyWindsorHinsdalePeruWashingtonBeckettOtisSandisfieldTollandBlandfordChesterGranvilleRussellMontgomeryWestfieldWest SpringfieldHolyokeChicopeeLudlowSpringfieldWilbrahamMonsonPalmerBrimfieldWarrenWest BrookfieldNew BraintreeHardwickBarrePetershamAtholNew SalemShutesburyWendellMontagueLeverettSunderlandWhatelyDeerfieldConwayShelburneBucklandAshfieldHawley
Modern town and city borders in Hampshire County, Massachusetts.


Cities:  Easthampton | Northampton

Towns:  Amherst | Belchertown | Chesterfield | Cummington | Goshen | Granby | Hadley | Hatfield | Huntington | Middlefield | Pelham | Plainfield | South Hadley | Southampton | Ware | Westhampton | Williamsburg | Worthington

Extinct Towns:  Greenwich | Prescott[3]

Neighboring Counties

Berkshire | Franklin | Hampden | Worcester

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Hampshire 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

Until population warranted it, criminal and civil court cases were included in the same court records. The first 24 volumes in Hampshire County include civil cases from the Inferior Court of Common Pleas and criminal court cases from the Court of General Sessions of the Peace:[4][5]

Volume # Vol. Letter Date Range FHL Film Item Notes
1

1677-1728
886420 item 1
Includes County Court and Quarter Sessions
2
A
1728-1735
886420 item 2

3
B
1735-1740
886421

4
C
1741-1745
886421
Includes executions, 1716-1765
5
D
1746-1757
886422

6
E
1758-1762
886422
Includes a few marriages
7
F
1762-1764
886423 item 4
Includes a few marriages
8
G
1764-1766
886424

9
H
1766-1770
886424

10

1766-1771
886425 item 1
Cataloged only under General Sessions
11
I
1770-1773
886425 item 2

12
K
1773-1780
886426

13
M
1771-1781
886426

14

May 1781-Jan 1790
886427 item 1
Cataloged only under General Sessions
15
N
1782-1783
866427 item 2

16
O
1783-1784
886428

17
P
1784-1785
886428

18
Q
Aug 1785-Sep 1788
886429

19
R
1790-1799
886429

20
A
1715-1790, Feb 1789-Jan 1790
886430 item 1
Includes executions, 1715-1764
21
S
1791-1794
886430 item 2

22
T
1794-1795
886410

23
U-V
1796-1797
886410

24
W
1797-1798
886411 item 1

These volumes are completely indexed. After these 24 volumes, subsequent volumes were numbered restarting with 1. When part of Hampshire County became Hampden County in 1812, clerks copied applicable cases into the new county's records. For such cases, if you are unable to read one of the records, you may be able to read the copy in the other county.

Gazetteers

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Fitchburg, MA newspapers (1868-1977), Pittsfield, MA newspapers (1858-1977), and North Adams, MA newspapers (1895-1977) covering local news that included Hampshire County residents.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 330. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Linda E. Brinkerhoff, "New England Research: A Matter of Jurisdiction," Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog (http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2009/11/19/new-england-research-new-strategies-that-work/ : accessed 30 November 2009), para. 3.
  3. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 225. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.
  4. Linda E. Brinkerhoff, "New England Research: A Matter of Jurisdiction," Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog (http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2009/11/19/new-england-research-new-strategies-that-work/ : accessed 30 November 2009), para. 3-4; citing Grace Pittman.
  5. Family History Library Catalog, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 30 November 2009).