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{{MA-sidebar}}<div style="padding-left: 1px; width: 74%; float: left"><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:'''''
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*[[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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*Large number of [[Massachusetts Genealogy|family histories]]
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*[[Massachusetts Genealogy#Mayflower_Genealogies|Mayflower]], &amp; [[Massachusetts Emigration and Immigration|Great Migration]] records
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*[[Massachusetts Church Records#Congregational|Congregational Church]] records
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*[[Massachusetts Town Records|Warnings out]] town records
  
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*Springfield physical education teacher James A. Naismith invented basketball in 1891. He did so in response to the lack of team sports that are played indoors during the winter months. [http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blbasketball.htm '''Read More...''']<br>
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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 [http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h572.html 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.
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[[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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'''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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=== Major Repositories ===
  
*Find which county a town is in, what town a cemetery is in, even where a postoffice or building is by using the United States Geographical Survey's [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic Geographical Names Information System].
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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]]
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Massachusetts/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
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*[http://magenweb.bettysgenealogy.org/ The Massachusetts GenWeb Project] has a wealth of information and is a part of the larger [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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=== Migration Routes  ===
*[http://www.masslandrecords.com/malr/index.htm Massachusetts Land Records] provides access&nbsp;to indexes and search tools to find recorded records.&nbsp; Some counties have records, with images, available back to 1900.
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*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/Massachusetts.pdf BYU Research Outline for Massachusetts]
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[[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]] <br><br>[[Image:Massachusetts.png|right|200px]]
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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 [http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h572.html 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.
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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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*[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.
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*[[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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*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/Massachusetts.pdf BYU Massachusetts Research Outline] largely duplicates these Wiki pages. Includes some bibliographic lists from BYU Library, 2001.
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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:  
 
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:  
  
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Massachusetts Topics
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Massachusetts

Welcome to the Massachusetts page,
the Bay State

"Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" Pilgrims began the colony 1620.
Most unique genealogical features:

Counties

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, click here.
Berkshire CountyHampden CountyHampshire CountyFranklin CountyWorcester CountyMiddlesex CountyEssex CountySuffolk CountyNorfolk CountyBristol CountyPlymouth CountyBarnstable CountyDukes CountyNantucket CountyMassachusetts-county-map.gif
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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

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.
  • BYU Massachusetts Research Outline largely duplicates these Wiki pages. Includes some bibliographic lists from BYU Library, 2001.
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Things you can do

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