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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Middlesex County'' [[Image:Ma-middlesex.png|thumb|right|500px]]  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] '''''Middlesex County'''<br><br>{{MADC}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Middlesex County
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| state = Massachusetts
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| founded year = May 10
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| seat= East Cambidge
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| building address = Middlesex County Courthouse<br> 208 Cambridge Street East<br>East Cambridge, Ma 02141<br>Phone: 617-494-4533<br>[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/MA_Middlesex.htm '''Middlesex County Website'''] }}
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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<br>City Clerks has birth records 1632-1745<br>marrige records 1651-1793,&nbsp;death records 165-1689;<br>Divorce records from 1888 and court records from 1755<br>Register of Deeds 360 Gorham Street Lowell, Ma 01852&nbsp;has land <br>records from southern District for Northern District from 1855<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 330. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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[http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml]
  
*[http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml]
 
 
*In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]], [[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex]], [[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]] and [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] were abolished.  
 
*In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]], [[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex]], [[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]] and [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] were abolished.  
 
*Their functions were turned over to state agencies.  
 
*Their functions were turned over to state agencies.  
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*[[Bristol County, Massachusetts|Bristol]], [[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes]], [[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket]], [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]], [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] and [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]] county governments remain substantially unchanged.
 
*[[Bristol County, Massachusetts|Bristol]], [[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes]], [[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket]], [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]], [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] and [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]] county governments remain substantially unchanged.
  
== Quick Facts  ==
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=== Quick Facts  ===
  
 
{{Wikipedia|Middlesex County, Massachusetts}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Middlesex County, Massachusetts}}  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''10 May 1643:''' Created from the [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] lands. <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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'''10 May 1643:''' Created from the [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] lands.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists'', 181.</ref>  
  
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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{{MAMidTowns}}'''Cities:&nbsp;''' {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Everett, Massachusetts|Everett}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Lowell, Massachusetts|Lowell}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Malden, Massachusetts|Malden}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Marlborough, Massachusetts|Marlborough}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Medford, Massachusetts|Medford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Melrose, Massachusetts|Melrose}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton, Massachusetts|Newton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Somerville, Massachusetts|Somerville}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Waltham, Massachusetts|Waltham}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Watertown, Massachusetts|Watertown}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Woburn, Massachusetts|Woburn}} }}
  
{{Middlesex County, Massachusetts}}  
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'''Towns:&nbsp;''' {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Acton, Massachusetts|Acton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Arlington, Massachusetts|Arlington}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Ashby, Massachusetts|Ashby}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Ashland, Massachusetts|Ashland}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Ayer, Massachusetts|Ayer}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Bedford, Massachusetts|Bedford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Belmont, Massachusetts|Belmont}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Billerica, Massachusetts|Billerica}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Boxborough, Massachusetts|Boxborough}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Burlington, Massachusetts|Burlington}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Carlisle, Massachusetts|Carlisle}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Chelmsford, Massachusetts|Chelmsford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Concord, Massachusetts|Concord}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Dracut, Massachusetts|Dracut}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Dunstable, Massachusetts|Dunstable}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Framingham, Massachusetts|Framingham}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Groton, Massachusetts|Groton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Holliston, Massachusetts|Holliston}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Hopkinton, Massachusetts|Hopkinton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Hudson, Massachusetts|Hudson}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Lexington, Massachusetts|Lexington}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Lincoln, Massachusetts|Lincoln}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Littleton, Massachusetts|Littleton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Maynard, Massachusetts|Maynard}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Natick, Massachusetts|Natick}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|North Reading, Massachusetts|North Reading}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Pepperell, Massachusetts|Pepperell}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Reading, Massachusetts|Reading}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Sherborn, Massachusetts|Sherborn}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Shirley, Massachusetts|Shirley}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Stoneham, Massachusetts|Stoneham}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Stow, Massachusetts|Stow}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Sudbury, Massachusetts|Sudbury}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Tewksbury, Massachusetts|Tewksbury}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Townsend, Massachusetts|Townsend}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Tyngsborough, Massachusetts|Tyngsborough}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Wakefield, Massachusetts|Wakefield}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Wayland, Massachusetts|Wayland}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Westford, Massachusetts|Westford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Weston, Massachusetts|Weston}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Wilmington, Massachusetts|Wilmington}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Winchester, Massachusetts|Winchester}} }}  
  
== Resources  ==
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'''Ceded Towns:&nbsp;''' [[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton]] | [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown]] | [[Litchfield, Massachusetts|Litchfield]] | [[Nottingham, Massachusetts|Nottingham]]<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 224-26. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
  
===Archives and Libraries===
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'''Villages:&nbsp;''' {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Auburndale, Massachusetts|Auburndale}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts|Chestnut Hill}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Cochituate, Massachusetts|Cochituate}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Fort Devens, Massachusetts|Fort Devens}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|East Pepperell, Massachusetts|East Pepperell}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Gleasondale, Massachusetts|Gleasondale}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Littleton Common, Massachusetts|Littleton Common}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton Centre, Massachusetts|Newton Centre}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton Highlands, Massachusetts|Newton Highlands}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts|Newton Lower Falls}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts|Newton Upper Falls}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Newtonville, Massachusetts|Newtonville}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Nonantum, Massachusetts|Nonantum}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|North Billerica, Massachusetts|North Billerica}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|North Chelmsford, Massachusetts|North Chelmsford}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Pinehurst, Massachusetts|Pinehurst}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Waban, Massachusetts|Waban}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|West Concord, Massachusetts|West Concord}} }} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|West Newton, Massachusetts|West Newton}} }}
=== Cemeteries  ===
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Refer to the cities and towns above for the cemeteries. There are no "rural" cemeteries in Massachusetts.
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
=== Census  ===
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{{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|New Hampshire County}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Hillsborough County, New Hampshire|Hillsborough}} }}
  
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=== Resources  ===
  
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==== Archives and Libraries ====
  
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==== Cemeteries ====
  
===== 1810  =====
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Refer to the cities and towns above for the cemeteries. There are no "rural" cemeteries in Massachusetts.
  
===== 1820  =====
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=48398 Lowell Cemetery, Lowell] BillionGraves
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*[http://stpatrickcemetery.com/ St. Patrick Cemetery], Lowell: Courtesy of the cemetery&nbsp;
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*[http://www.stmarycemetery.com/ St. Mary Cemetery], Tewksbury: Courtesy of the cemetery
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=48789 Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell] BillionGraves. (location also listed in above localities box as 'Littleton Commons').
  
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===== 1850  =====
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Searchable census records:
  
===== 1860  =====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803959 1790]
  
===== 1870  =====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1804228 1800]
  
===== 1880 =====
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  [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803765 1810]
  
===== 1890 Veterans  =====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803955 1820]
  
===== 1900  =====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803958 1830]
  
===== 1910  =====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1786457 1840]
  
===== 1920  =====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1401638 1850]
  
===== 1930 =====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1473181 1860]
  
==== State Census  ====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1438024 1870]
  
===== 1855 =====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 1880]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1610551 1890 Veterans]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 1900]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1727033 1910]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1488411 1920]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1810731 1930]
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===== State Census =====
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'''1855'''
  
 
*please refers to cities and towns, too
 
*please refers to cities and towns, too
  
''[[Massachusetts 1855 State Census|Massachusetts 1855 State Census]]'' A free Internet index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=fs%3A1459985&p=collectionDetails FamilySearch Historical Records Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1855, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
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[[Massachusetts 1855 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|''Massachusetts 1855 State Census'']] A free Internet index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1459985FamilySearch Historical Records Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1855, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.  
  
===== 1865 =====
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'''1865'''
  
''[[Massachusetts 1865 State Census|Massachusetts 1865 State Census]]'' A free Internet index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=fs%3A1410399&p=collectionDetails FamilySearch Historical Records Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1865, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
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[[Massachusetts 1865 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|''Massachusetts 1865 State Census'']] A free Internet index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410399 FamilySearch Historical Records Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1865, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.  
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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==== Church Records  ====
  
 
Refer to Cities and Towns for the church history and records. There are no "rural" churches in Massachusetts.  
 
Refer to Cities and Towns for the church history and records. There are no "rural" churches in Massachusetts.  
  
=== Court  ===
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==== Court Records ====
  
=== Gazetteers  ===
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==== Gazetteers  ====
  
=== Land  ===
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==== Land and Property ====
  
=== History  ===
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==== History  ====
  
=== Maps  ===
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==== Maps  ====
  
=== Military History and Records ===
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==== Military Records ====
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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==== Newspapers  ====
  
=== Probate  ===
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[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=3091 {{nowrap|Boston newspapers}}] (early 1900's), [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=16919 The Lowell Sun] (1878-1977), [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=9894 {{nowrap|Fitchburg newspapers}}] (1868-1977), and [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=64&ci=23471 {{nowrap|Portsmouth,NH newspapers}}] (1898-2007) covering local news that included residents from Middlesex County communities.<br>
  
=== Taxation  ===
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[http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/ Cambridge Public Library's Historic Cambrige Newspaper Collection] courtesy of the Cambridge Public Library includes the following newspapers:
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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*Cambridge Chronicle (1846-1923
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*The Cambridge Press (1887-1889)
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*The Cambridge Sentinel (1903-1912)
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*The Cambridge Tribune (1887-1923)
  
== Societies, Libraries and Museums ==
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==== Probate Records ====
  
== Websites ==
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==== Taxation ====
  
*[http://www.calcentral.com/~ourgenealogy/mamiddle.html The Middlesex County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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==== Vital Records  ====
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County
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*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County (backup site)
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=184215 FamilySearch.org] Family History Library catalog for Middlesex County
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== References ==
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=== Societies, Libraries and Museums ===
  
{{reflist}}  
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==== Family history Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Belmont Massachusetts Family History Center]]
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*[[Boston Massachusetts Family History Center]]
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*[[Cambridge Massachusetts Family History Center]]
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=== Websites  ===
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*[http://www.calcentral.com/~ourgenealogy/mamiddle.html The Middlesex County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County (backup site)
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*[http://www.gurganus.org/ourfamily/county.cfm/state/MA/county/Middlesex%20Co Middlesex County at Our Family Tree]
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*{{FHL|184215|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Middlesex County
  
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=== References  ===
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{{reflist}} {{Massachusetts|Massachusetts}} </div>
 
[[Category:Middlesex_County,_Massachusetts]]
 
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Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Map
Map of Massachusetts highlighting Middlesex County
Location in the state of Massachusetts
Map of the U.S. highlighting Massachusetts
Location of Massachusetts in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1643, May 10
County Seat East Cambidge
Courthouse
Address Middlesex County Courthouse
208 Cambridge Street East
East Cambridge, Ma 02141
Phone: 617-494-4533
Middlesex County Website

Contents

County Courthouse


City Clerks has birth records 1632-1745
marrige records 1651-1793, death records 165-1689;
Divorce records from 1888 and court records from 1755
Register of Deeds 360 Gorham Street Lowell, Ma 01852 has land
records from southern District for Northern District from 1855[1]

http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml

  • In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, Berkshire, Essex, Hampden and Worcester were abolished.
  • Their functions were turned over to state agencies.
  • Sheriffs in these counties still administer jails but their employees are state employees.
  • The legislation to abolish these county governments transferred Registeries of Deeds to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
  • Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk county governments remain substantially unchanged.

Quick Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Middlesex County, Massachusetts

The county was created by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643, when it was ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires". Middlesex initially contained Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, and Reading.

Parent County

10 May 1643: Created from the Massachusetts Bay Colony lands.[2]

Boundary Changes

5 April 1731: Worcester County was set off.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

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Modern city and town borders in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Cities:  Cambridge | Everett | Lowell | Malden | Marlborough | Medford | Melrose | Newton | Somerville | Waltham | Watertown | Woburn

Towns:  Acton | Arlington | Ashby | Ashland | Ayer | Bedford | Belmont | Billerica | Boxborough | Burlington | Carlisle | Chelmsford | Concord | Dracut | Dunstable | Framingham | Groton | Holliston | Hopkinton | Hudson | Lexington | Lincoln | Littleton | Maynard | Natick | North Reading | Pepperell | Reading | Sherborn | Shirley | Stoneham | Stow | Sudbury | Tewksbury | Townsend | Tyngsborough | Wakefield | Wayland | Westford | Weston | Wilmington | Winchester

Ceded Towns:  Brighton | Charlestown | Litchfield | Nottingham[3]

Villages:  Auburndale | Chestnut Hill | Cochituate | Fort Devens | East Pepperell | Gleasondale | Littleton Common | Newton Centre | Newton Highlands | Newton Lower Falls | Newton Upper Falls | Newtonville | Nonantum | North Billerica | North Chelmsford | Pinehurst | Waban | West Concord West Newton

Neighboring Counties

Essex | Norfolk | Suffolk | Worcester | New Hampshire County | Hillsborough

Resources

Archives and Libraries

Cemeteries

Refer to the cities and towns above for the cemeteries. There are no "rural" cemeteries in Massachusetts.

Census

Federal

Searchable census records:

1790

1800

1810

1820

1830

1840

1850

1860

1870

1880

1890 Veterans

1900

1910

1920

1930

State Census

1855

  • please refers to cities and towns, too

Massachusetts 1855 State Census A free Internet index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the Historical Records Search. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1855, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.

1865

Massachusetts 1865 State Census A free Internet index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Historical Records Search. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1865, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.

Church Records

Refer to Cities and Towns for the church history and records. There are no "rural" churches in Massachusetts.

Court Records

Gazetteers

Land and Property

History

Maps

Military Records

Newspapers

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Boston newspapers (early 1900's), The Lowell Sun (1878-1977), Fitchburg newspapers (1868-1977), and Portsmouth,NH newspapers (1898-2007) covering local news that included residents from Middlesex County communities.

Cambridge Public Library's Historic Cambrige Newspaper Collection courtesy of the Cambridge Public Library includes the following newspapers:

  • Cambridge Chronicle (1846-1923
  • The Cambridge Press (1887-1889)
  • The Cambridge Sentinel (1903-1912)
  • The Cambridge Tribune (1887-1923)

Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family history Centers

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 330. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists, 181.
  3. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 224-26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.