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The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''
  
'''Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point'''<br>220 Morrissey Boulevard <br>Boston, MA 02125<br>Telephone: 617–727–2816 <br>'''[mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us <u>archives@sec.state.ma.us</u>]''' <br>Internet: '''http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm'''
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<center>For detailed information about Massachusetts research,<br>see the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|'''Massachusetts Genealogy Guide''']] page.</center>  
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Its [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/SearchWelcome.html online searchable collections] include:
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[[Image:MA State Archives exterior.jpg|thumb|right|300px]]The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.<br>
  
*The [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/RevolutionarySearchContects.html Massachusetts Archives Collection Database (1629-1799)] serves as a searchable, descriptive index and catalog for documents of eighteen volumes of the Massachusetts Archives Collection.  
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'''[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point]'''<br>220 Morrissey Boulevard <br>Boston, MA 02125<br>Phone: (617) 727–2816 <br>'''E-mail: [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us <u>archives@sec.state.ma.us</u>]'''<br><br>Its [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/SearchWelcome.html online searchable collections] include:<br>
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*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/RevolutionarySearchContects.html The Massachusetts Archives Collection Database (1629-1799)] serves as a searchable, descriptive index and catalog for documents of eighteen volumes of the Massachusetts Archives Collection.  
 
*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/PassengerManifestSearchContents.html Index to Passenger Manifests (1848-1891)]  
 
*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/PassengerManifestSearchContents.html Index to Passenger Manifests (1848-1891)]  
 
*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/VitalRecordsSearchContents.html Index to Vital Records (1841-1910)]
 
*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/VitalRecordsSearchContents.html Index to Vital Records (1841-1910)]
  
<br>'''National Archives—New England Region'''<br>380 Trapelo Road<br>Waltham, MA 02452-6399 <br>Phone: 781-663-0130<br>Fax: 781-663-0154<br>E-mail: '''[mailto:waltham.archives@nara.gov <u>waltham.archives@nara.gov</u>]'''<br>Internet: '''http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/'''
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<br>'''[http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/ National Archives—New England Region (Boston)]'''<br>380 Trapelo Road<br>Waltham, MA 02452-6399<br>Phone: (781) 663-0130<br>Fax: (781) 663-0154<br>E-mail:'''[mailto:waltham.archives@nara.gov <u>waltham.archives@nara.gov</u>]'''<br>  
  
'''Massachusetts Historical Society Library'''<br>1154 Boylston Street<br>Boston, MA 02215<br>Telephone: 617–536–1608<br>Fax: 617–859–0074<br>E-mail: [mailto:library@masshist.org <u>library@masshist.org</u>]<br>Internet: '''http://www.masshist.org/library/'''  
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'''[http://www.archives.gov/northeast/pittsfield/ National Archives—Northeast Region (Pittsfield)]<br>'''10 Conte Drive<br>Pittsfield, MA 01201-8230<br>Phone: (413) 236-3600<br>Fax: (413) 236-3609 <br>'''[http://www.masshist.org/library/]'''  
  
'''Peabody Essex Museum'''<br>East India Square<br>Salem, MA 01970-3783 USA<br>Phone: 978-745-9500, 866-745-1876<br>For the Hearing Impaired: 978-740-3649<br>Internet:'''http://www.pem.org/homepage/'''
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'''[http://www.pem.org/ Peabody Essex Museum]'''<br>East India Square<br>Salem, MA 01970-3783 USA<br>Phone: (978) 745-9500, (866) 745-1876<br>For the Hearing Impaired: (978) 740-3649  
  
'''State Library of Massachusetts'''<br>State House, Room 341<br>24 Beacon Street<br>Boston, MA 02133<br>Telephone: 617–727–2590<br>Fax: 617–727–5819<br>Internet:'''http://www.mass.gov/lib/'''
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'''[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ State Library of Massachusetts]'''<br>State House, Room 341<br>24 Beacon Street<br>Boston, MA 02133<br>Phone: (617) 727–2590<br>Fax: (617) 727–5819<br>  
  
'''New England Historic Genealogical Society'''
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'''[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library]'''<br>700 Boylston St.<br>Boston, MA 02116<br>Phone: (617) 536–5400<br>Fax: (617) 536–4306<br>E-mail: '''[mailto:info@bpl.org info@bpl.org]'''  
 
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101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, MA 02116<br>Telephone: 617–536–5740<br>Fax: 617–536–7307<br>Internet: '''http://www.newenglandancestors.org/'''
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'''Boston Public Library'''  
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700 Boylston St.<br>Boston, MA 02116<br>Telephone: 617–536–5400<br>Fax: 617–536–4306<br>E-mail: '''[mailto:info@bpl.org info@bpl.org]'''<br>Internet: '''http://www.bpl.org/'''  
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Two important inventories of Massachusetts records are:  
 
Two important inventories of Massachusetts records are:  
  
Historical Records Survey. ''Preliminary Edition of Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in Massachusetts''. Boston, Massachusetts: Historical Records Survey, 1939. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=220928&disp=A+Description+of+the+manuscript+collecti%20%20&columns=*,0,0 974.4 A2hg].) This work lists major manuscript collections and their locations.  
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*Historical Records Survey. ''Preliminary Edition of Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in Massachusetts''. Boston, Massachusetts: Historical Records Survey, 1939. {{FHL|581769|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 A2hg}} This work lists major manuscript collections and their locations.
  
Wright, Carroll D. ''Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties''. Boston, Massachusetts: Wright and Potter, 1889. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=43513&disp=Report+on+the+custody+and+condition+of+t%20%20&columns=*,0,0 (Family History Library book 974.4 A3cr; film 865449 item 2; fiche 6046869.]) Gives a brief description of the town records that existed in 1889 and which may still be available.  
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*Wright, Carroll D. ''Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties''. Boston, Massachusetts: Wright and Potter, 1889. {{FHL|43513|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 A3cr}} and {{FHL|43513|item|disp=FHL film 865449 item 2}} and {{FHL|43513|item|disp=FHL  fiche 6046869.}} Gives a brief description of the town records that existed in 1889 and which may still be available.
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=== Massachusetts Online Collections  ===
  
=== Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards  ===
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Computer networks serve as another type of library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on–line services help family history researchers:
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=== Web Sites  ===
 
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*Locate other researchers
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*Post queries
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*Send and receive E-mail
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*Search large databases
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*Search computer libraries
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*Join in computer chat and lecture sessions
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Look for computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Massachusetts in local, state, national, and international sources. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.  
 
Look for computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Massachusetts in local, state, national, and international sources. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.  
  
Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of June 2007, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:  
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Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:  
 
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'''US GenWeb'''<br>'''http://[http://www.usgenweb.com/ www.usgenweb.com/]'''
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A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and nation.
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'''Roots–L'''<br>'''http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/usa/'''
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A quality list of sites and resources that includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.
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For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline , 2nd ed., "'''[[United States Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]'''" section.
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'''FamilySearch™'''
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The Family History Library and Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources. It is also online at '''[http://www.familysearch.org/ www.FamilySearch.org].'''  
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'''[http://usgenweb.org/ US GenWeb]'''<br>A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and nation.
  
[[Category:Massachusetts|Archives]]
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'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-l/usa/ Roots–L]'''<br>A quality list of sites and resources that includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.
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'''[https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch™]'''<br>The Family History Library and Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources. <br> {{Massachusetts|Massachusetts}}{{U.S. Archives and Libraries}} </div>
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Archives and Libraries

For detailed information about Massachusetts research,
see the Massachusetts Genealogy Guide page.


MA State Archives exterior.jpg
The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
Phone: (617) 727–2816
E-mail: archives@sec.state.ma.us

Its online searchable collections include:


National Archives—New England Region (Boston)
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452-6399
Phone: (781) 663-0130
Fax: (781) 663-0154
E-mail:waltham.archives@nara.gov

National Archives—Northeast Region (Pittsfield)
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201-8230
Phone: (413) 236-3600
Fax: (413) 236-3609
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Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Salem, MA 01970-3783 USA
Phone: (978) 745-9500, (866) 745-1876
For the Hearing Impaired: (978) 740-3649

State Library of Massachusetts
State House, Room 341
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 727–2590
Fax: (617) 727–5819

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 536–5400
Fax: (617) 536–4306
E-mail: info@bpl.org

Two important inventories of Massachusetts records are:

  • Historical Records Survey. Preliminary Edition of Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in Massachusetts. Boston, Massachusetts: Historical Records Survey, 1939. FHL book 974.4 A2hg This work lists major manuscript collections and their locations.
  • Wright, Carroll D. Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties. Boston, Massachusetts: Wright and Potter, 1889. FHL book 974.4 A3cr and FHL film 865449 item 2 and FHL fiche 6046869. Gives a brief description of the town records that existed in 1889 and which may still be available.

Massachusetts Online Collections

links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Web Sites

Look for computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Massachusetts in local, state, national, and international sources. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:

US GenWeb
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and nation.

Roots–L
A quality list of sites and resources that includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.

FamilySearch™
The Family History Library and Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.