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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''  
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{{TOCright}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''<br><br>
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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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<br>These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Massachusetts.
  
[[Image:MA State Archives exterior.jpg|thumb|right|300px|MA State Archives exterior.jpg]]The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.<br>
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=== National  ===
  
'''[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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[[Image:NARA Boston.jpg|right|250px|NARA Boston.jpg]]'''[[National Archives Northeast 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 waltham.archives@nara.gov]<br> Internet: [http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/ National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]<br><br>  
  
*[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.  
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:CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT documents, photos, and maps of 80 federal agencies, War of 1812, fortifications, coastal facilities, World War II research at Harvard and MIT, federal bankruptcy courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Navy, Coast Guard, westward expansion, ethnology, genealogy, Revolutionary War, Civil War, captured German records, territorial papers, censuses, passenger arrival records for Boston and New England, Canadian border crossings.<ref name="DB124">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 124. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref><br><br>
*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/PassengerManifestSearchContents.html Index to Passenger Manifests (1848-1891)]
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*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/VitalRecordsSearchContents.html Index to Vital Records (1841-1910)]
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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>  
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'''Pittsfield Federal Records Center'''<br>10 Conte Drive<br>Pittsfield, MA 01201-8230<br>Telephone: 413-236-3603<br>Fax: 413-236-3609 <br>E-mail: [mailto: frc@nara.gov frc@nara.gov]<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/frc/pittsfield/ <br>  
  
'''[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/]'''
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:The Pittsfield Center has CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT federal government agency and court documents. Their large genealogy microfilm collection has been transferred to the '''''Berkshire&nbsp;Athenaeum&nbsp;''''' listed below.<ref name="Pitts">[http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/genealogy.html Genealogy Resources] in Berkshire Athenaeum'' (accessed 14 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
'''[http://www.masshist.org/library/ Massachusetts Historical Society Library]'''<br>1154 Boylston Street<br>Boston, MA 02215<br>Phone: (617) 536–1608<br>Fax: (617) 859–0074<br>E-mail: [mailto:library@masshist.org <u>library@masshist.org</u>]  
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[[Image:NEHGS Newbury Street.jpg|right|250px|NEHGS Newbury Street.jpg]]'''[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]'''<br>101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007<br>Telephone: &nbsp;617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231<br>Fax: &nbsp;617-536-7307<br>E-mail: &nbsp;[mailto:info@nehgs.org info@nehgs.org]<br>Internet: [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html AmericanAncestors.org]<br><br>
  
'''[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
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:Best overall collection for New England vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for member only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.<ref name="DB55759">Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.</ref><br><br>
  
'''[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>  
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[[Image:WorcesterMA AntiquarianSociety 2.jpg|right|250px|WorcesterMA AntiquarianSociety 2.jpg]]'''[[American Antiquarian Society]]'''<br>185 Salisbury Street<br>Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634<br>Telephone: 508-755-5221<br>Fax: 508-753-3311<br>E-mail: [mailto:Library@americanantiquarian.org Library@americanantiquarian.org]<br>Internet: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/ <br><br>  
  
'''[http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society]'''<br>101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, MA 02116<br>Phone: (617) 536–5740<br>Fax: (617) 536–7307
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:Best known for its U.S. newspaper collection of over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, manuscripts.<ref name="DB59">Dollarhide and Bremer, 59.</ref>[[Image:MA State Archives exterior.jpg|right|250px|MA State Archives exterior.jpg]]
  
'''[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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=== State  ===
  
Two important inventories of Massachusetts records are:  
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'''Massachusetts State Archives'''<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>Internet: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm <br>
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:Government records, censuses, military records, land records, naturalizations, divorces, probate, name changes, and adoptions. Only 18 of the 328 volumes of the excellent ''Massachusetts Archives Collection'', aka Felt Collection, of 1629-1799 history are indexed online. The Archives' [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/SearchWelcome.html online searchable collections] include:
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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.
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:*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/PassengerManifestSearchContents.html Index to Passenger Manifests (1848-1891)]
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:*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/VitalRecordsSearchContents.html Index to Vital Records (1841-1910)]
  
*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.
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[[Image:MassHistorichq.JPG|right|250px|MassHistorichq.JPG]]'''Massachusetts Historical Society Library'''<br>1154 Boylston Street<br>Boston, MA 02215-3695<br>Telephone: 617-536-1608<br>Fax: 617-859-0074<br>E-mail: [http://www.masshist.org/contact Contact Us]<br>Internet: http://www.masshist.org/ <br><br>
  
*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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:Excellent historical materials, original town records, newspapers and genealogies. This collection does '''not''' repeat the New England Historic Genealogical Society collection.<ref name="DB57">Dollarhide and Bremer, 57.</ref><br><br>
  
=== Web Sites  ===
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[[Image:Mass statehouse eb1.jpg|right|250px|Mass statehouse eb1.jpg]]'''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>Internet: [http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ State Library of Massachusetts]<br><br>
  
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.  
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:Published books, periodicals, state and town histories, government publications, city directories, maps, tax records, newspapers and indexes.<ref name="DB57" />
  
Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
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=== Regional  ===
  
'''[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.  
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[[Image:Berkshire Athenaeum Pittsfield, Massachusetts.JPG|right|250px|Berkshire Athenaeum Pittsfield, Massachusetts.JPG]]'''Berkshire Athenaeum'''<br>1 Wendell Ave<br>Pittsfield, MA 01201<br>Telephone: 413-499-9480<br>Fax: 413-499-9489<br>E-mail: [mailto:pittsref@cwmars.org pittsref@cwmars.org]<br>Internet: http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/ <br><br>
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:Best genealogical respository in western Massachusetts, including newspapers, books, and family histories. Now includes the former '''''Pittsfield Federal Records Center''''''s 71,000 microfilms of censuses, Revolutionary War pension and bounty land warrants, service records 1784-1901, Mexican War, Civil War, World War I, New England naturalizations, 1791-1966, passenger arrivals at Boston, New York, Philadelphia and east coast ports, Canadian border crossings, Indian enrollment cards, Russian Consular records, Barbour Collection for Connecticut, and Vermont vital records index.<ref name="Pitts" /> <ref name="DB59" /> <ref name="DB12425">Dollarhide and Bremer, 124-25.</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Boston Public Library Johnson building bpl.jpg|right|250px|Boston Public Library Johnson building bpl.jpg]]'''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]<br>Internet: http://www.bpl.org/ <br><br>
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:Their collection includes New England newspapers, city directores, town records, county and local histories, and genealogies.<ref name="DB57" /><br><br>
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'''Dedham Historical Society Library'''<br>612 High Street<br>Dedham, MA 02027-0125<br>Telephone: 781-326-1385<br>E-mail: [mailto:society@dedhamhistorical.org society@dedhamhistorical.org]<br>Internet: http://dedhamhistorical.org/ <br>
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:Great collection of manuscripts including deeds, vital and town records from the 15 towns created from old Dedham (south of Boston).<ref name="DB57" /><br><br>
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'''Haverhill Public Library'''<br>99 Main Street<br>Haverhill, MA 01830<br>Telephone: 978-373-1586<br>E-mail: [mailto:hpl-ref@mvlc.org hpl-ref@mvlc.org]<br>Internet: http://www.haverhillpl.org/about/local-history/#genealogy-resources <br>
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:One of New England's largest collections of original manuscripts, books, genealogical periodicals, and surname folders, local history collection, genealogy databases, Massachusetts vital records to 1910, federal and state censuses, 9,000 New England town and family histories.<ref name="DB59" /> <ref>[http://www.haverhillpl.org/about/local-history/#genealogy-resources Genealogy Resources] in ''Haverhill Public Library'' (accessed 14 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Houghton Library Harvard Univ Cambridge MA.jpg|right|250px|Houghton Library Harvard Univ Cambridge MA.jpg]]'''Houghton Library''' Harvard University<br>Harvard Yard<br>Harvard University<br>Cambridge, MA 02138<br>Telephone: 617-495-2440<br>Internet: http://www.hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton/index.cfm <br><br>
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:Manuscripts and rare books from many nations, but especially New England, Britain and Europe, historical archives of publishing history, political and missionary archives, paintings and artifacts. Largest volume of primary historical documents.<ref name="DB57" /><br><br>
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[[Image:Jones Library, Amherst MA.jpg|right|250px|Jones Library, Amherst MA.jpg]]'''Jones Library'''<br>43 Amity Street<br>Amherst, MA 01002<br>Telephone: 413-259-3090<br>Internet: http://www.joneslibrary.org/ <br><br>
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:The Boltwood Collection includes 20,000 documents, genealogies, family folders, genealogy periodicals, newspapers, and local histories with an emphasis on Amherst and the Pioneer Valley.<ref name="DB59" /> <ref>[http://www.joneslibrary.org/specialcollections/collections/index.html Collections and Finding Aids] in ''Jones Library - Special Collections'' (accessed 14 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Plummer Hall of Phillips Library (Peabody Essex Museum) Salem, Massachusetts.JPG|right|250px|Peabody Essex Museum.JPG]]'''Peabody Essex Museum'''<br>Phillips Library<br>1 Second Street (temporarily)<br>Peabody, MA USA<br>Telephone: 978-745-9500, or 866-745-1876<br>For the Hearing Impaired: 978-740-3649<br>Internet: http://www.pem.org/ <br><br>
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:Essex County books, manuscripts, and government records such as probate records, customs records, and maritime records. Can often help find trans-Atlantic ship logs, and ship images.<br><br>
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'''Plymouth Public Library'''<br>132 South Street<br>Plymouth, MA 02360<br>Telephone: 508-830-4250<br>E-mail: [http://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/contact-us/ Contact Us]<br>Internet: http://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/ <br>
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:Almost all published histories and genealogies of early Massachusetts settlers are here.<ref name="DB59" /><br><br>
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'''Springfield History Library and Archives''' (formerly Connecticut Valley Historical Museum Library)<br>21 Edwards Street<br>Springfield, Massachusetts 01103<br>Telephone: 800-625-7738<br>E-mail: [mailto:wmshlibrary@springfieldmuseums.org wmshlibrary@springfieldmuseums.org]<br>Internet: [http://www.springfieldmuseums.org/the_museums/springfield_history/exhibits/view/156-springfield_history_library_archives#.UoTortJQFu0 Springfield History Library and Archives] <br>
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:Can help identify Massachusetts emigrants headed west using vital records, land records, and probate records from many New England towns. They also have French Canadian records, the Loiselle Index, New York passenger arrivals, computer databases, over 20,000 genealogy books, 6,000 microforms, 50,000 photos and 2.5 million manuscripts including diaries, and account books.<ref name="DB59" /> <ref>[http://www.springfieldmuseums.org/the_museums/springfield_history/exhibits/view/156-springfield_history_library_archives#.UoTortJQFu0 Springfield History Library and Archives] in ''Springfield Museums'' (accessed 14 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:UMass at Amherst W.E.B. DuBois Library.jpg|right|150px|UMass at Amherst W.E.B. DuBois Library.jpg]]'''University of Massachusetts Amherst Library'''<br>154 Hicks Way<br>Amherst, MA 01003<br>Telephone: 413-545-0284<br>E-mail: [mailto:ref@library.umass.edu ref@library.umass.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.library.umass.edu/ and their [http://guides.library.umass.edu/genealogy Online Guide to Genealogy]<br><br>
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:Very large set of biographies, genealogies, and never-published histories, and church, business, fraternal, insurance, and manufacturing records. They also have the ''Massachusetts Archives Collection&nbsp;'' microfilms, Franklin, Hampshire, and Suffolk counties' probate records, especially Connecticut River Valley towns.<ref name="DB59" /><br><br>
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'''Weston Massachusetts Family History Center'''<br>150 Brown Street<br> Weston, Massachusetts 02493-2604<br>Telephone: 781-235-2164<br>
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:The largest Family History Center in New England. Can order microfilms from the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City. They have published town and county histories of New England, social histories, vital records, family histories, and major indexes.<ref name="DB59" /><br><br>
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*'''For additional information, see also [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Massachusetts_Repositories|Massachusetts Repositories]]'''.
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=== Outside Massachusetts  ===
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'''Onondaga Historical Association Library'''<br>321 Montgomery Street<br>Syracuse, NY. 13202<br>Telephone:315-428-1864<br>Fax: 315-471-2133<br>E-mail: [http://www.cnyhistory.org/contact.html Contact Us]]<br>Internet: http://www.cnyhistory.org/index.html <br>
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:10,000 family folders for northeastern families.<ref name="DB59" /><br><br>
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[[Image:Vermont Historical Society.jpg|right|250px|Vermont Historical Society.jpg]]'''Vermont Historical Society'''<br>Leahy Library<br>Vermont History Center<br>60 Washington Street<br>Barre, Vermont 05641-4209<br>Telephone: 802-479-8509<br>Fax: 802-479-8510<br>Email: [mailto:vhs-library@state.vt.us vhs-library@state.vt.us]<br>Internet: http://vermonthistory.org/ <br><br>
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:Their collection includes a comprehensive name index of Massachusetts people, strong collection of family and town histories of New England, vital records, cemetery transcripts, genealogical periodicals, manuscripts, maps, and photos.<ref name="DB59" /><ref>[http://vermonthistory.org/research/genealogy/genealogy-research-at-the-vhs Genealogy Research at the Vermont Historical Society] in ''Vermont Historical Society'' (accessed 14 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
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'''Family History Centers'''. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]. To locate a center near you, see [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Find a Family History Center].
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Two important inventories of Massachusetts records are:
  
'''[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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*Historical Records Survey (Massachusetts). ''Preliminary Edition of Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in Massachusetts'' (Boston, Massachusetts: Historical Records Survey, 1939). {{WorldCat|1832559|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|581769|item|disp=FHL Book 974.4 A2hg}}. This work lists major manuscript collections and their locations.
  
'''[https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch™]'''
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*Carroll D. Wright, ''Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties'' (Boston, Massachusetts: Wright and Potter, 1889). {{Worldcat|5321644|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|43513|item|disp=FHL Film 865449 item 2; Fiche 6046869; Book 974.4 A3cr}}. Gives a brief description of the town records that existed in 1889 and which may still be available.
  
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.
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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.


These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Massachusetts.

National

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

CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT documents, photos, and maps of 80 federal agencies, War of 1812, fortifications, coastal facilities, World War II research at Harvard and MIT, federal bankruptcy courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Navy, Coast Guard, westward expansion, ethnology, genealogy, Revolutionary War, Civil War, captured German records, territorial papers, censuses, passenger arrival records for Boston and New England, Canadian border crossings.[1]

Pittsfield Federal Records Center
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201-8230
Telephone: 413-236-3603
Fax: 413-236-3609
E-mail: [mailto: frc@nara.gov frc@nara.gov]
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/frc/pittsfield/

The Pittsfield Center has CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT federal government agency and court documents. Their large genealogy microfilm collection has been transferred to the Berkshire Athenaeum  listed below.[2]

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New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007
Telephone:  617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231
Fax:  617-536-7307
E-mail:  info@nehgs.org
Internet: AmericanAncestors.org

Best overall collection for New England vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for member only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.[3]

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American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Telephone: 508-755-5221
Fax: 508-753-3311
E-mail: Library@americanantiquarian.org
Internet: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/

Best known for its U.S. newspaper collection of over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, manuscripts.[4]
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State

Massachusetts State Archives
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
Phone: (617) 727–2816
E-mail: archives@sec.state.ma.us
Internet: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm

Government records, censuses, military records, land records, naturalizations, divorces, probate, name changes, and adoptions. Only 18 of the 328 volumes of the excellent Massachusetts Archives Collection, aka Felt Collection, of 1629-1799 history are indexed online. The Archives' online searchable collections include:
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Massachusetts Historical Society Library
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695
Telephone: 617-536-1608
Fax: 617-859-0074
E-mail: Contact Us
Internet: http://www.masshist.org/

Excellent historical materials, original town records, newspapers and genealogies. This collection does not repeat the New England Historic Genealogical Society collection.[5]

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

Published books, periodicals, state and town histories, government publications, city directories, maps, tax records, newspapers and indexes.[5]

Regional

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Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Ave
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Telephone: 413-499-9480
Fax: 413-499-9489
E-mail: pittsref@cwmars.org
Internet: http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/

Best genealogical respository in western Massachusetts, including newspapers, books, and family histories. Now includes the former Pittsfield Federal Records Center's 71,000 microfilms of censuses, Revolutionary War pension and bounty land warrants, service records 1784-1901, Mexican War, Civil War, World War I, New England naturalizations, 1791-1966, passenger arrivals at Boston, New York, Philadelphia and east coast ports, Canadian border crossings, Indian enrollment cards, Russian Consular records, Barbour Collection for Connecticut, and Vermont vital records index.[2] [4] [6]

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

Their collection includes New England newspapers, city directores, town records, county and local histories, and genealogies.[5]

Dedham Historical Society Library
612 High Street
Dedham, MA 02027-0125
Telephone: 781-326-1385
E-mail: society@dedhamhistorical.org
Internet: http://dedhamhistorical.org/

Great collection of manuscripts including deeds, vital and town records from the 15 towns created from old Dedham (south of Boston).[5]

Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
Telephone: 978-373-1586
E-mail: hpl-ref@mvlc.org
Internet: http://www.haverhillpl.org/about/local-history/#genealogy-resources

One of New England's largest collections of original manuscripts, books, genealogical periodicals, and surname folders, local history collection, genealogy databases, Massachusetts vital records to 1910, federal and state censuses, 9,000 New England town and family histories.[4] [7]

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Houghton Library Harvard University
Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617-495-2440
Internet: http://www.hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton/index.cfm

Manuscripts and rare books from many nations, but especially New England, Britain and Europe, historical archives of publishing history, political and missionary archives, paintings and artifacts. Largest volume of primary historical documents.[5]

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Jones Library
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Telephone: 413-259-3090
Internet: http://www.joneslibrary.org/

The Boltwood Collection includes 20,000 documents, genealogies, family folders, genealogy periodicals, newspapers, and local histories with an emphasis on Amherst and the Pioneer Valley.[4] [8]

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Peabody Essex Museum
Phillips Library
1 Second Street (temporarily)
Peabody, MA USA
Telephone: 978-745-9500, or 866-745-1876
For the Hearing Impaired: 978-740-3649
Internet: http://www.pem.org/

Essex County books, manuscripts, and government records such as probate records, customs records, and maritime records. Can often help find trans-Atlantic ship logs, and ship images.

Plymouth Public Library
132 South Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Telephone: 508-830-4250
E-mail: Contact Us
Internet: http://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/

Almost all published histories and genealogies of early Massachusetts settlers are here.[4]

Springfield History Library and Archives (formerly Connecticut Valley Historical Museum Library)
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
Telephone: 800-625-7738
E-mail: wmshlibrary@springfieldmuseums.org
Internet: Springfield History Library and Archives

Can help identify Massachusetts emigrants headed west using vital records, land records, and probate records from many New England towns. They also have French Canadian records, the Loiselle Index, New York passenger arrivals, computer databases, over 20,000 genealogy books, 6,000 microforms, 50,000 photos and 2.5 million manuscripts including diaries, and account books.[4] [9]

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Library
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003
Telephone: 413-545-0284
E-mail: ref@library.umass.edu
Internet: http://www.library.umass.edu/ and their Online Guide to Genealogy

Very large set of biographies, genealogies, and never-published histories, and church, business, fraternal, insurance, and manufacturing records. They also have the Massachusetts Archives Collection  microfilms, Franklin, Hampshire, and Suffolk counties' probate records, especially Connecticut River Valley towns.[4]

Weston Massachusetts Family History Center
150 Brown Street
Weston, Massachusetts 02493-2604
Telephone: 781-235-2164

The largest Family History Center in New England. Can order microfilms from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. They have published town and county histories of New England, social histories, vital records, family histories, and major indexes.[4]

Outside Massachusetts

Onondaga Historical Association Library
321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY. 13202
Telephone:315-428-1864
Fax: 315-471-2133
E-mail: Contact Us]
Internet: http://www.cnyhistory.org/index.html

10,000 family folders for northeastern families.[4]

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Vermont Historical Society
Leahy Library
Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street
Barre, Vermont 05641-4209
Telephone: 802-479-8509
Fax: 802-479-8510
Email: vhs-library@state.vt.us
Internet: http://vermonthistory.org/

Their collection includes a comprehensive name index of Massachusetts people, strong collection of family and town histories of New England, vital records, cemetery transcripts, genealogical periodicals, manuscripts, maps, and photos.[4][10]

Family History Centers. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. To locate a center near you, see Find a Family History Center.

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.

Guides

Two important inventories of Massachusetts records are:

  • Historical Records Survey (Massachusetts). Preliminary Edition of Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts: Historical Records Survey, 1939). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 974.4 A2hg. This work lists major manuscript collections and their locations.

References

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 124. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Genealogy Resources in Berkshire Athenaeum (accessed 14 November 2013).
  3. Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Dollarhide and Bremer, 59.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 57.
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 124-25.
  7. Genealogy Resources in Haverhill Public Library (accessed 14 November 2013).
  8. Collections and Finding Aids in Jones Library - Special Collections (accessed 14 November 2013).
  9. Springfield History Library and Archives in Springfield Museums (accessed 14 November 2013).
  10. Genealogy Research at the Vermont Historical Society in Vermont Historical Society (accessed 14 November 2013).