Hampshire County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Records for the Inferior Court of Common Pleas and the court of General Sessions of the Peace for 1715-1798 share 24 volumes:<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>
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| 1<br>
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| 1677-1728<br>
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| 886420, item 1<br>
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| Also County Court and Quarter Sessions<ref name="FHLC">Family History Library Catalog.</ref><br>
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| 2<br>
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| A<br>
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| 1728-1735<br>
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| 886420, item 2<br>
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| <br>
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| 3<br>
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| B<br>
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| 1735-1740<br>
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| 886421<br>
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| <br>
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| 4<br>
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| C<br>
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| 1741-1745<br>
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| 886421<br>
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| <br>
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| 5<br>
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| D<br>
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| 1746-1757<br>
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| 886422<br>
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| 6<br>
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| E<br>
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| 1758-1762<br>
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| 886422<br>
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| 7<br>
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| F<br>
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| 1762-1764<br>
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| 886423, item 4<br>
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| <br>
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| 8<br>
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| G<br>
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| 1764-1766<br>
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| 886424<br>
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| 9<br>
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| H<br>
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| 1766-1770<br>
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| 886424<br>
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| 10<br>
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| <br>
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| 1766-1771<br>
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| 11<br>
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| I<br>
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| 1770-1773<br>
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| 886425, item 2<br>
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| 12<br>
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| K<br>
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| 1773-1780<br>
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| 886426<br>
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| 13<br>
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| M<br>
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| 1771-1781<br>
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| 886426<br>
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| 14<br>
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| May 1781-Jan 1790<br>
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| 15<br>
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| N<ref name="FHLC" /><br>
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| 1782-1783<br>
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| 866427, item 2<br>
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| 16<br>
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| O<br>
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| 1783-1784<br>
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| 886428<br>
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| 17<br>
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| P<br>
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| 1784-1785<br>
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| 886428<br>
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| 18<br>
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| Q<br>
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| Aug 1785-Sep 1788<br>
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| 886429<br>
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| 19<br>
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| R<br>
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| 1790-1799<br>
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| 886429<br>
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| 20<br>
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| A<br>
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| 1715-1790, Feb 1789-Jan 1790<br>
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| 886430, item 1<br>
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| Executions and Sessions, Common Pleas<br>
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| 21<br>
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| S<br>
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| 1791-1794<br>
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| 886430, item 2<br>
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| 22<br>
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| T<br>
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| 1794-1795<br>
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| 886410<br>
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| 23<br>
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| U-V<br>
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| 886410<br>
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| 24<br>
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Revision as of 20:23, 30 November 2009

United States > Massachusetts > Hampshire County
showing location of Hampshire County

Contents

County Courthouse

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

Populated Places

Cities:

Easthampton | Northampton

Towns

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

Neighboring Counties

Berkshire | Franklin | Hampden | Worcester

Resources

Cemeteries

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 – Pilot Site. 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

Records for the Inferior Court of Common Pleas and the court of General Sessions of the Peace for 1715-1798 share 24 volumes:[3]

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

1677-1728
886420, item 1
Also County Court and Quarter Sessions[4]
2
A
1728-1735
886420, item 2

3
B
1735-1740
886421

4
C
1741-1745
886421

5
D
1746-1757
886422

6
E
1758-1762
886422

7
F
1762-1764
886423, item 4

8
G
1764-1766
886424

9
H
1766-1770
886424

10

1766-1771


11
I
1770-1773
886425, item 2

12
K
1773-1780
886426

13
M
1771-1781
886426

14

May 1781-Jan 1790


15
N[4]
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
Executions and Sessions, Common Pleas
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

Gazetteers

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [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. 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.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Family History Library Catalog.