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The following important events in the history of [[Massachusetts]] affected political jurisdictions, family movements, and record keeping.
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The following important events in the history of [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] affected political jurisdictions, family movements, and record keeping.  
  
'''1620-1691'''<nowiki>: The Plymouth Colony was established. It eventually spread over today's Plymouth, Barnstable, and Bristol Counties.</nowiki>
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'''1620-1691'''<nowiki>: The Plymouth Colony was established. It eventually spread over today's Plymouth, Barnstable, and Bristol Counties.</nowiki>  
  
'''1621:&nbsp;''' Peace Treaty between Wampanoag Indians and Pilgrams - Strawverry hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts arranged by Squanto.
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'''1621:&nbsp;''' Peace Treaty between Wampanoag Indians and Pilgrams - Strawverry hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts arranged by Squanto.  
  
'''1630'''<nowiki>: Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded. It expanded to today's area of Essex, Middlesex, Old Norfolk (now part of New Hampshire), and Suffolk Counties.</nowiki>
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'''1630'''<nowiki>: Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded. It expanded to today's area of Essex, Middlesex, Old Norfolk (now part of New Hampshire), and Suffolk Counties.</nowiki>  
  
'''1631:'''First public Thanksgiving - Massachusetts Bay Colony
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'''1631:'''First public Thanksgiving - Massachusetts Bay Colony  
  
'''1660:'''John Eliot founded first Indian church in New England at Natick, Massachusetts on the Charles River.
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'''1660:'''John Eliot founded first Indian church in New England at Natick, Massachusetts on the Charles River.  
  
'''1675-1676:'''&nbsp; King Philips War, between the Indians and colonist.
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'''1675-1676:'''&nbsp; King Philips War, between the Indians and colonist.  
  
'''1691'''<nowiki>: A new charter was granted to Massachusetts Bay Colony, uniting it with Plymouth Colony. Parts of Maine and Nova Scotia were also added to Massachusetts.</nowiki>
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'''1691'''<nowiki>: A new charter was granted to Massachusetts Bay Colony, uniting it with Plymouth Colony. Parts of Maine and Nova Scotia were also added to Massachusetts.</nowiki>  
  
'''1775'''<nowiki>: The</nowiki>[[Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783|Revolutionary War]] began at Lexington and Concord.
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'''1775'''<nowiki>: The</nowiki>&nbsp;[[Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783|Revolutionary War]] began at Lexington and Concord.  
  
'''1786'''<nowiki>: The Ohio Land Company was formed, resulting in the emigration of many Massachusetts residents to</nowiki>[[Ohio]].
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'''1786'''<nowiki>: The Ohio Land Company was formed, resulting in the emigration of many Massachusetts residents to</nowiki>[[Ohio|Ohio]].  
  
'''1788'''<nowiki>: (February 6,) Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the Constitution.</nowiki>
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'''1788'''<nowiki>: (February 6,) Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the Constitution.</nowiki>  
  
'''1820'''<nowiki>:</nowiki>[[Maine]] was separated from Massachusetts.
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'''1820'''<nowiki>:</nowiki>[[Maine|Maine]] was separated from Massachusetts.  
  
'''1830s-1840s'''<nowiki>: As the factory system developed, thousands of foreign laborers began moving to Massachusetts.</nowiki>
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'''1830s-1840s'''<nowiki>: As the factory system developed, thousands of foreign laborers began moving to Massachusetts.</nowiki>  
  
'''1861-1865'''<nowiki>: During the</nowiki>[[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|Civil War]] 146,000 men from Massachusetts served in the Union Army.
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'''1861-1865'''<nowiki>: During the</nowiki>[[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|Civil War]] 146,000 men from Massachusetts served in the Union Army.  
  
A good general history of Massachusetts is:
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A good general history of Massachusetts is:  
  
Hart, Albert Bushnell, ed. ''Commonwealth History of Massachusetts: Colony, Province, and State''. 5 vols. New York, NY: The States History, 1927-30. (FHL book 974.4 H2h.)
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Hart, Albert Bushnell, ed. ''Commonwealth History of Massachusetts: Colony, Province, and State''. 5 vols. New York, NY: The States History, 1927-30. (FHL book 974.4 H2h.)  
  
A helpful bibliography of Massachusetts local histories is:
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A helpful bibliography of Massachusetts local histories is:  
  
Haskell, John Duncan. ''Massachusetts: A Bibliography of Its History''. Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1983. (FHL book 974.4 H23m.)
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Haskell, John Duncan. ''Massachusetts: A Bibliography of Its History''. Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1983. (FHL book 974.4 H23m.)  
  
'''Internet Resources'''
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'''Internet Resources'''  
  
Massacusetts Historical Society: http://www.masshist.org/welcome/
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Massacusetts Historical Society: http://www.masshist.org/welcome/  
  
A Tour of Masschusetts History: http://www.masshome.com/tour.html
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Revision as of 20:31, 30 April 2008

The following important events in the history of Massachusetts affected political jurisdictions, family movements, and record keeping.

1620-1691: The Plymouth Colony was established. It eventually spread over today's Plymouth, Barnstable, and Bristol Counties.

1621:  Peace Treaty between Wampanoag Indians and Pilgrams - Strawverry hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts arranged by Squanto.

1630: Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded. It expanded to today's area of Essex, Middlesex, Old Norfolk (now part of New Hampshire), and Suffolk Counties.

1631:First public Thanksgiving - Massachusetts Bay Colony

1660:John Eliot founded first Indian church in New England at Natick, Massachusetts on the Charles River.

1675-1676:  King Philips War, between the Indians and colonist.

1691: A new charter was granted to Massachusetts Bay Colony, uniting it with Plymouth Colony. Parts of Maine and Nova Scotia were also added to Massachusetts.

1775: The Revolutionary War began at Lexington and Concord.

1786: The Ohio Land Company was formed, resulting in the emigration of many Massachusetts residents toOhio.

1788: (February 6,) Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the Constitution.

1820:Maine was separated from Massachusetts.

1830s-1840s: As the factory system developed, thousands of foreign laborers began moving to Massachusetts.

1861-1865: During theCivil War 146,000 men from Massachusetts served in the Union Army.

A good general history of Massachusetts is:

Hart, Albert Bushnell, ed. Commonwealth History of Massachusetts: Colony, Province, and State. 5 vols. New York, NY: The States History, 1927-30. (FHL book 974.4 H2h.)

A helpful bibliography of Massachusetts local histories is:

Haskell, John Duncan. Massachusetts: A Bibliography of Its History. Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1983. (FHL book 974.4 H23m.)

Internet Resources

Massacusetts Historical Society: http://www.masshist.org/welcome/

A Tour of Masschusetts History: http://www.masshome.com/tour.html