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}}<div style="padding-left: 1px; float: left; width: 74%"><center>''[[United States|United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Massachusetts]]''</center><br> <center>For a detailed research guide for Massachusetts,<br>see the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|'''Massachusetts Genealogy Guide''']] page.</center><br>
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}}<div style="padding-left: 1px; float: left; width: 74%"><center>''[[United States|United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Massachusetts]]''</center><br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to the Massachusetts page,<br>the Bay State{{/p}}[[Image:{{MayfPilgPic}}]]'''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
 
 
*[[New England Historic Genealogical Society|New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)]]  
 
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*Published [[Massachusetts Vital Records|BMDs of 215 towns to 1850]]  
 
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== Counties  ==
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For a list of the cities and towns of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the dates of when they were settled, when incorporated as a town and, if applicable, when incorporated as a city, as well as the county in which there are located, see [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisctlist/ctlistalph.htm Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates].
  
 
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*[[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket]]  
 
*[[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket]]  
 
*[[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]]  
 
*[[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]]  
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'''Click''' on the map below to go to a county page. '''Hover''' over a county to see its name. To see a '''larger''' version of the map, [[Massachusetts Counties Map|click here]]. {{MAimagemap2}} {{MAmapCountyList}}  
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'''Click''' on the map below to go to a county page. '''Hover''' over a county to see its name. {{MACounties2Map}}<br>
 
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</div><div style="float: left; width: 100%">'''Obsolete Jurisdictions of Massachusetts:&nbsp;''' [[Cornwall County, Massachusetts|Cornwall (ME)]] {{·}} [[Devonshire County, Maine|Devonshire (ME)]] {{·}} [[Dominion of New England]] {{·}} [[Dukes County, New York|Dukes (NY)]] {{·}} [[Maine]] {{·}} [[Massachusetts Bay Colony]] {{·}} [[New Hampshire]] {{·}} [[New Netherland]] {{·}} [[Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts|Norfolk (old)]] {{·}} [[Plymouth Colony]] {{·}} [[Yorkshire County, Massachusetts|Yorkshire (ME)]]  
'''Extinct, Renamed, or Lost Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Cornwall County, Massachusetts|Cornwall]]{{·}} [[Devonshire County, Maine|Devonshire]]{{·}} [[Dukes County, New York|Dukes (NY)]]{{·}} [[Maine]]{{·}} [[New Hampshire]]{{·}} [[New Netherland]]{{·}} [[Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts|Norfolk (old)]]{{·}} [[Yorkshire County, Massachusetts|Yorkshire]]  
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=== Major Repositories  ===
 
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[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]{{·}} [[Massachusetts State Archives]]{{·}} [[Massachusetts State Library]]{{·}} [[Massachusetts Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Boston Public Library]]{{·}} [[Connecticut Valley Historical Museum]]{{·}} [[Berkshire Athenaeum]]{{·}} [[Peabody Essex Museum]]{{·}} [[American Antquarian Society]]{{·}} [[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]]{{·}} [[New York Public Library]]  
 
[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]{{·}} [[Massachusetts State Archives]]{{·}} [[Massachusetts State Library]]{{·}} [[Massachusetts Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Boston Public Library]]{{·}} [[Connecticut Valley Historical Museum]]{{·}} [[Berkshire Athenaeum]]{{·}} [[Peabody Essex Museum]]{{·}} [[American Antquarian Society]]{{·}} [[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]]{{·}} [[New York Public Library]]  
 
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*The [http://magenweb.bettysgenealogy.org/ Massachusetts GenWeb Project] provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.  
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*The [http://magenweb.org/ Massachusetts GenWeb Project] provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.  
 
*[http://www.masslandrecords.com/malr/index.htm Massachusetts Land Records] provides access to indexes and search tools to find recorded records. Some counties have records, with images, available back to 1900.  
 
*[http://www.masslandrecords.com/malr/index.htm Massachusetts Land Records] provides access to indexes and search tools to find recorded records. Some counties have records, with images, available back to 1900.  
 
*[[Massachusetts County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|County Creation Dates and Divisions]] showing dates they were created or renamed and counties created from older counties.
 
*[[Massachusetts County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|County Creation Dates and Divisions]] showing dates they were created or renamed and counties created from older counties.
 
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*[[Massachusetts Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
 
*[[Massachusetts Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
 
*[[Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Massachusetts 1855 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts 1955 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records]]  
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*[[Massachusetts 1855 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts 1855 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts 1865 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts 1865 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts 1865 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts 1865 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts, Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts, Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts, Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts, Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Massachusetts Springfield Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Springfield Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Massachusetts, State Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts, State Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
[[Image:Massachusetts flag.png|right|180px|Massachusetts flag.png]][https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Massachusetts_Springfield_Vital_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)]  
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Massachusetts

For a detailed research guide for Massachusetts,
see the Massachusetts Genealogy Guide page.

Welcome to the Massachusetts page,
the Bay State

"Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" Pilgrims began the colony 1620.
Most unique genealogical features:
   How to Find Information about Massachusetts Ancestors
 

1. Birth Information
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information

Counties

For a list of the cities and towns of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the dates of when they were settled, when incorporated as a town and, if applicable, when incorporated as a city, as well as the county in which there are located, see Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates.

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name.
MassachusettsRhode IslandConnecticutNew YorkVermontNew HampshireMaineIsles of Shoals (part Maine; part New Hampshire)Block Island (New Shoreham, Rhode Island)Fishers Island (Suffolk County, New York)Nantucket CountyDukes CountyBarnstable CountyPlymouth CountyBristol County, MassachusettsNorfolk CountySuffolk County (largely Boston)Essex CountyMiddlesex CountyWorcester CountyFranklin CountyHampshire CountyHampden CountyBerkshire CountyBristol County, Rhode IslandNewport CountyProvidence CountyKent CountyWashington CountyWindham CountyNew London CountyTolland CountyHartford CountyMiddlesex CountyNew Haven CountyFairfield CountyLitchfield CountyWestchester CountyPutnam CountyDutchess CountyColumbia CountyAlbany CountyRensselaer CountySaratoga CountyWashington CountyBennington CountyWindham CountyWindsor CountyCheshire CountySullivan CountyMerrimack CountyHillsborough CountyRockingham CountyStrafford CountyYork County
Modern county borders in Massachusetts, and her neighbors. Most records useful to genealogists for Massachusetts and other New England states were generated at the town level.


Obsolete Jurisdictions of Massachusetts:  Cornwall (ME)  · Devonshire (ME)  · Dominion of New England  · Dukes (NY)  · Maine  · Massachusetts Bay Colony  · New Hampshire  · New Netherland  · Norfolk (old)  · Plymouth Colony  · Yorkshire (ME)

Major Repositories

New England Historic Genealogical Society · Massachusetts State Archives · Massachusetts State Library · Massachusetts Historical Society · Boston Public Library · Connecticut Valley Historical Museum · Berkshire Athenaeum · Peabody Essex Museum · American Antquarian Society · National Archives Northeast Region (Boston) · New York Public Library

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Migration Routes

Bay Road · Catskill Road · Coastal Path · Greenwood Road · Kennebunk Road · King's Highway or Boston Post Road · Massachusetts Turnpike · Mohawk Trail · Old Connecticut Path · Old Roebuck Road · Connecticut River · Atlantic Coast Ports

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Historical Background

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. For more information about the history of Massachusetts, see the Massachusetts History article.

Research Tools

  • The Massachusetts GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
  • Massachusetts Land Records provides access to indexes and search tools to find recorded records. Some counties have records, with images, available back to 1900.
  • County Creation Dates and Divisions showing dates they were created or renamed and counties created from older counties.

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

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Obtain additional help

Help with the Massachusetts Wiki pages

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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need willing volunteers. You can help:

  • Expand county articles
  • Check links on pages
  • ...and more

Find more opportunities to help with the Massachusetts pages.


To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki click here: