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=== County Records  ===
 
=== County Records  ===
  
After a county was created, land records were recorded at county registry of deeds offices. Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, and Worcester counties have more than one office because they are divided into two or more land districts. Addresses of the offices are found in Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research.  
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After a county was created, land records were recorded at county registry of deeds offices. Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, and Worcester counties have more than one office because they are divided into two or more land districts.  
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For a list of towns and cities with their Registry of Deeds, see the [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/rod/rodgde/gdeidx.htm City/Town to Registry Guide].
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For the addresses, phone numbers and web sites of the Registry of Deeds offices, see the [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/rod/rodlst/lstidx.htm#Ba Registry of Deeds] list.  
  
 
The Family History Library has most county land records and indexes from the county's creation to the early 1900s. For example:  
 
The Family History Library has most county land records and indexes from the county's creation to the early 1900s. For example:  
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''Suffolk Deeds''. 14 Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: Rockwell and Churchill, 1880-1906. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=974.46+R2s book 974.46 R2s]; Volumes. 1-14 are on five films, beginning with Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=1033902 film 1033902]; vols. 1-2, 4-7, 9-11, and 14 are on Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=6046903 fiche 6046903].)  
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''Suffolk Deeds''. 14 Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: Rockwell and Churchill, 1880-1906. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=974.46+R2s book 974.46 R2s]; Volumes. 1-14 are on five films, beginning with Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=1033902 film 1033902]; vols. 1-2, 4-7, 9-11, and 14 are on Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=6046903 fiche 6046903].)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

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Contents

Proprietor and Town Records

During the colonial period, land was granted by the General Court to proprietors, who also granted land. These records are located at the Massachusetts State Archives and other repositories. The state archives also has records and papers relating to proprietary grants, land claims, grants of bounty lands to soldiers, boundary disputes, and surveyors' records.

After proprietors sold their land or a town was incorporated, town clerks recorded deeds and mortgages. These records are at the town halls; and the Family History Library has copies of most of them.

Plymouth Colony records (1632–1701)

Shurtleff, N. B. and David Pulsifer, eds. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England. 12 Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: William White, 1855-61. (FHL Collection book 974.4 N2n; film 944128-29; fiche 6046866.)

Massachusetts Bay Colony records (1628–1685) 

Shurtleff, Nathaniel B. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. Five Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: W. White, 1853-54. (FHL Collection book 974.4 N2s; FHL Collection fiche 6046893)

County Records

After a county was created, land records were recorded at county registry of deeds offices. Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, and Worcester counties have more than one office because they are divided into two or more land districts.

For a list of towns and cities with their Registry of Deeds, see the City/Town to Registry Guide.

For the addresses, phone numbers and web sites of the Registry of Deeds offices, see the Registry of Deeds list.

The Family History Library has most county land records and indexes from the county's creation to the early 1900s. For example:

  • Suffolk County (Massachusetts). Register of Deeds: Records of Deeds, 1639–1885; Indexes to Deeds, 1639–1920. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. (On 1128 Family History Library films.)

Boston and Suffolk County records (1629–1697)

Suffolk Deeds. 14 Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: Rockwell and Churchill, 1880-1906. (Family History Library book 974.46 R2s; Volumes. 1-14 are on five films, beginning with Family History Library film 1033902; vols. 1-2, 4-7, 9-11, and 14 are on Family History Library fiche 6046903.)

References