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Modern city and town borders in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

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Contents

County Courthouse

  • 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. [1]

Boundary Changes

5 April 1731: Worcester County was set off.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

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 History and Records

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

Court

Gazetteers

Land

History

Maps

Military History and 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.

Probate

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), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].

 

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