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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Nantucket County'''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Nantucket County'''  
  
[[Image:Ma-nantucket.png|right|400px|Ma-nantucket.png]] [[Image:{{MANanCoMap}}]]
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the county of Nantucket. You will find help with town histories, vital records, deeds and land records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.  
  
=== [http://www.nantucket-ma.gov/Pages/index County Courthouse] ===
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== Nantucket County Massachusetts History ==
  
Nantucket County Courthouse<br>18 Broad Street<br>Nantucket, MA 02554<br><br>Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records from 1600's<br>Probate Court has probate and divorce records.&nbsp; Register of Deeds has <br>court records.<br><br>This also double as Nantucket Town Hall.
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=== Brief History  ===
  
=== History  ===
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The settlers on Nantucket are generally an insular group. Many surnames are uniquely identified to this island. As an island, its inhabitants moved about the coastline freely. The island is home to a large Quaker community. Its earliest history is tied to [[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Martha's Vineyard]], so research there would be important if you run into problems<br>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== Historical Data ===
  
*Created 22 June 1695 from [[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes]] County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''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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The basic data are from the historical county boundary series<ref>[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#NANTUCKET Massachusetts Atlas of Historical County Boundaries]</ref> with additions from various sources.
  
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| in 1674
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| 1 Nov. 1683
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| Made part of [[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes County]] when established by the Colony of [[New York|New York]] that included the islands of Elizabeth, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. [N.Y. Col. Laws, Ch. 4, Sect. 1, p. 122]
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| 7 Oct. 1691
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| Became part of the rechartered [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] without being established as a county.
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| Nantucket County created from Nantucket Island. [Mass. Col. Acts, Vol. 1, Ch. 7 [1695/6], p. 216]
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=== Towns and Cities  ===
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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[[Image:Ma-nantucket.png|right|400px|Ma-Nantucket.png]]The following list of present-day Nantucket County towns and cities links them to their individual pages. There you will find a list of other names used for the town or city and of villages and sections of the town or city.<br><br><br>
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<center>[[Nantucket, Massachusetts|Nantucket (1671)]]</center>
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== Places / Localities ==
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=== County Histories ===
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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{{MANanCoMap}}Works written on the county include:<br>
  
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*Allen Coffin, "The Courts of Nantucket - the law and lawyers from an early period" in ''Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association'', 1907: 30-42.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1605966 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>Digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=PYhBAAAAYAAJ Google Books] and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008699579 Hathi Trust].<br>
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*Marie M. Coffin, ''The History of Nantucket Island: a bibliography of source material with index and inventory'' (Nantucket, 1970), viii, 63 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/87009 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|75114|item|disp=FHL book 974.497 A3c}}.<br>
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*Craig Cornish, "The Cession and Annexation of Nantucket" in ''Green Bay'', 11 [1899]: 125-130.<br>Not in WorldCat; Not in FHL.<br>No digital version found.<br>
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*Burnham N. Dell, "Quakerism on Nantucket" in ''Historic Nantucket'', 2 [Jan. 1955]: 8-30.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1752107 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Myron Samuel Dudley, ''Churches and Pastors of Nantucket, Mass., from the first settlement to the present time, 1659-1902'' (Boston, 1902), 21 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22501036 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>Note: Also published as "Two Centuries of Churches and Pastors in Nantucket, Mass." in ''The New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 56 [1902]: 17-26.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/churchespastorso00dudl Internet Archive], [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009558554 Hathi Trust], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=19288 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*Gerald S. Graham, "The Migrations of the Nantucket Whale Fishery: An episode in British Colonial Policy" in the ''New England Quarterly'', 8 [1935]: 179-202.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1759778 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>Digital version at [http://www.jstor.org/stable/360870 Jstor] (free online).<br>
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*Lydia Swain Mitchell Hinchman, ''Early Settlers of Nantucket, their associates and descendants'' (1896; Philadelphia, 4th ed., 1934), 330 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3747122 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] (2nd enl. ed., 1901); {{FHL|256325|item|disp=FHL book 974.497 D2hi and film 908764 Item 1}} (with digital link) (2nd enl. ed., 1901) [see other editions].<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/earlysettlersna00mrsgoog Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=XtQWAAAAYAAJ Google Books], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=19279 Ancestry] ($), and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25789 Ancestry] ($) (2nd enl. ed., 1901).<br>
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*Clarence King, "What Became of the First Book of Nantucket Town Records, hidden in 1677" in ''Historic Nantucket'', 11 [Oct. 1963]: 24-27.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1752107 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Obed Macy, ''The History of Nantucket, being a compendious account of the first settlement of the island by the English, together with the rise and progress of the whale fishery ...'' (1835; Mansfield, Mass., 2nd ed., 1880), xiv, 313 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12204766 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|75343|item|disp=FHL digital book and fiche 6104368}}.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historyofnantuck80macy Internet Archive] (1880 ed.) and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008965774 Hathi Trust].<br>
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*William Francis Macy, "Migrations of Nantucketers to the South and West" in ''Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association'', 1933: 24-27.<br>[[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1605966 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Alexander Starbuck, ''The History of Nantucket, county, island and town, including genealogies of first settlers'' (Boston, 1924; rep. many times), 871 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36177 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] (1969 ed.); {{FHL|76960|item|disp=FHL book 974.497 H2s and fiche 6046898}} (with digital link).<br>Note: The genealogies section was reprinted separately as ''Nantucket Genealogies'' (Baltimore, 2001):<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/47647987 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1129661|item|disp=FHL book 974.497 D2s}}.<br>Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=20248 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*George Rogers Taylor, "Currents of Migration on Nantucket, 1760-1780" in ''Historic Nantucket'', 22 [July 1974]: 14-20.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1752107 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*[http://www.feliixplace.com/mass/nantucket.html The Nantucket County MA GenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].<br>
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*The USGenWeb Archives Project has no section for Nantucket County.<br>
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*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Nantucket|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Nantucket County.<br>
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[[Nantucket, Massachusetts|Nantucket]] - The Town of Nantucket is same as the whole county.
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== Nantucket County Massachusetts Genealogy Resources  ==
  
===== Villages: =====
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=== Vital Records ===
  
Coskata | Madaket | Polpis | Shawkemo | Siasconset | Wauwinet
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In Massachusetts, the original vital records (of births, marriages, and deaths) have been created and maintained by the town or city in which the event occurred. In very early colonial times, copies of these records were submitted to the county, but that practice died out long before 1800. There were marriage intentions commonly recorded in the bride's home town and additional recordings maybe found in the groom's home town and their current residence.<br>
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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Massachusetts was the first state to bring a unified state-level recording of these events (but not marriage intentions) in 1841 (Boston excluded until 1850). The associated records of divorce and adoption are handled by the courts. The state has maintained a state-wide index to divorces since 1952, but adoption records will require more researching to discover.<br>
  
[[Barnstable County, Massachusetts|Barnstable ]]| [[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes ]]| [[Suffolk County, New York|Suffolk County]], New York
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It is easiest to start with the state vital records for events since 1841, though realize the original record is with the town or city. More details can be found on the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Vital_Records|Massachusetts Genealogy Guide]] page.<br>
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== Resources ==
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=== Land Records ===
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Land transfers, commonly called deeds, are recorded on the county level in Massachusetts. Not all deeds were recorded as is common practice today. The earliest transactions were charters or grants from the English Crown. Once local government was established, the colony would grant land to settlers directly or to towns to dole out. Some towns first start out as proprietorship and records were recorded there. Once towns were established, deeds were recorded on the county level.<br>
  
==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Massachusetts}}
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The earliest records under New York jurisdiction are found under [http://nysl.nysed.gov/uhtbin/035-archives/%28N-Ar%29A0453 Record of deeds, 1652-1884, Series A0453, New York State Archives], Albany. Few deeds were recorded in practice those the Duke's Laws of 1665 provided for it. These records have been microfilmed and these films are available at the Archives and FHL (though not yet identified in the FHL catalog).<br>
  
===== State Census  =====
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Records are available at the Registry. Their records ONLINE are:
  
'''''1855 Massachusetts State Census—'''a'' free searchable 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/1459985 FamilySearch Record 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 State Census'''''—a free searchable 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 Record 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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==== Church ====
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=== Probate Records ===
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==== Court  ====
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=== Other Court Records ===
  
==== Gazetteers ====
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The court system can appear to be complex. The system was reorganized in 1686/1692, 1859, and 1978. Described below are the most commonly used records for history and genealogy, but realize that this list is incomplete. For more detailed information regarding court structure, see [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Court_System|Understanding the Massachusetts Court System]].<br><br>Older records are held by:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccol/colidx.htm#court '''Supreme Judicial Court Archives''']<br>(administration - records stored in several off-site facilities and the Mass. Archives)<br>16th Floor, Highrise Court House<br>3 Pemberton Square<br>Boston MA 02109<br>Phone 617-557-1082<br>Email [mailto:Elizabeth.Bouvier@sjc.state.ma.us Elizabeth.Bouvier@sjc.state.ma.us]
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==== County Court ====
  
==== Land  ====
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This court was active from 1636 (called a quarterly court and then the county court when Suffolk was created in 1643) to 1692. The court heard all civil causes up to 10 shillings (raised to 40 shillings in 1647) and all criminal causes not concerning life, limb, or banishment. These were all jury trials. Some records can be found in the [Suffolk_County,_Massachusetts#Suffolk_Files|Suffolk Files].<br>
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps  ====
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==== Military  ====
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At the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Archives|Massachusetts Archives]]:<br>
  
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==== Quarterly Court of General Sessions of the Peace ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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This court was active from 1692 to 1827. The court heard criminal cases and had authority over county affairs that included levying taxes, reviewing town bylaws, highways, licensed liquor, regulated jails, supervised the administration of the poor laws, and appointed some county officials.<br>
  
==== Taxation  ====
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The records microfilmed:<br>
  
==== Vital Records ====
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==== Inferior Court of Common Pleas ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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This court was active from 1692 to 1859. The court heard all civil cases over 40s unless a case involved freehold or was appealed from a justice of the peace.<br>
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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==== Superior Court  ====
  
== Web Sites  ==
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The Quarterly Court of General Sessions was merged into the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in 1827, and that court was reorganized in 1859 to created the Superior Court as the new lower (i.e. trial) court. It covers both criminal and civil matters.<br>
  
*[http://www.feliixplace.com/mass/nantucket.html The Nantucket County MA GenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*The USGenWeb Archives Project for Nantucket County
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*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Nantucket|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Nantucket County
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==== Supreme Judicial Court  ====
  
== References  ==
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The Supreme Judicial Court was established by the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 that combined the former Governor and Council with the Superior Court of Judicature creating the highest state court. This court hears appeals, writ of error, capital offenses, and crimes against the public good. That included divorces until that action was moved to the lower court in 1887.<br>
  
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==== Naturalization Records  ====
  
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Naturalization records were created on a variety of governmental levels from the Federal down to the city at the same time. The county records for all levels are outlines below. For more information, see the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Naturalization_Records|Massachusetts state page]] for more on naturalization.<br>
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| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
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| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109618 FHL Digital Capture 7173072-7173083]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
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== Nantucket County Massachusetts Genealogy Societies  ==
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== Nantucket County Massachusetts Genealogy References  ==
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Nantucket County

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the county of Nantucket. You will find help with town histories, vital records, deeds and land records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

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Nantucket County Massachusetts History

Brief History

The settlers on Nantucket are generally an insular group. Many surnames are uniquely identified to this island. As an island, its inhabitants moved about the coastline freely. The island is home to a large Quaker community. Its earliest history is tied to Martha's Vineyard, so research there would be important if you run into problems

Historical Data

The basic data are from the historical county boundary series[1] with additions from various sources.

Dates Events
in 1674 The region was included in a grant to the Duke of York.
1 Nov. 1683 Made part of Dukes County when established by the Colony of New York that included the islands of Elizabeth, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. [N.Y. Col. Laws, Ch. 4, Sect. 1, p. 122]
7 Oct. 1691 Became part of the rechartered Massachusetts Bay Colony without being established as a county.
22 June 1695 Nantucket County created from Nantucket Island. [Mass. Col. Acts, Vol. 1, Ch. 7 [1695/6], p. 216]
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Towns and Cities

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The following list of present-day Nantucket County towns and cities links them to their individual pages. There you will find a list of other names used for the town or city and of villages and sections of the town or city.


Nantucket (1671)


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County Histories

MassachusettsNantucket CountyDukes CountyBarnstable CountyNantucketEdgartownOak BluffsFalmouthBourneSandwichMashpeeBarnstableYarmouthDennisBrewsterHarwichChatham
County and town borders are identical in Nantucket County, Mass.

Works written on the county include:

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Nantucket County Massachusetts Genealogy Resources

Vital Records

In Massachusetts, the original vital records (of births, marriages, and deaths) have been created and maintained by the town or city in which the event occurred. In very early colonial times, copies of these records were submitted to the county, but that practice died out long before 1800. There were marriage intentions commonly recorded in the bride's home town and additional recordings maybe found in the groom's home town and their current residence.

Massachusetts was the first state to bring a unified state-level recording of these events (but not marriage intentions) in 1841 (Boston excluded until 1850). The associated records of divorce and adoption are handled by the courts. The state has maintained a state-wide index to divorces since 1952, but adoption records will require more researching to discover.

It is easiest to start with the state vital records for events since 1841, though realize the original record is with the town or city. More details can be found on the Massachusetts Genealogy Guide page.

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Land Records

Land transfers, commonly called deeds, are recorded on the county level in Massachusetts. Not all deeds were recorded as is common practice today. The earliest transactions were charters or grants from the English Crown. Once local government was established, the colony would grant land to settlers directly or to towns to dole out. Some towns first start out as proprietorship and records were recorded there. Once towns were established, deeds were recorded on the county level.

[ADD registry info here]

Original records

The earliest records under New York jurisdiction are found under Record of deeds, 1652-1884, Series A0453, New York State Archives, Albany. Few deeds were recorded in practice those the Duke's Laws of 1665 provided for it. These records have been microfilmed and these films are available at the Archives and FHL (though not yet identified in the FHL catalog).

Records are available at the Registry. Their records ONLINE are:


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Probate Records

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Other Court Records

The court system can appear to be complex. The system was reorganized in 1686/1692, 1859, and 1978. Described below are the most commonly used records for history and genealogy, but realize that this list is incomplete. For more detailed information regarding court structure, see Understanding the Massachusetts Court System.

Older records are held by:
Supreme Judicial Court Archives
(administration - records stored in several off-site facilities and the Mass. Archives)
16th Floor, Highrise Court House
3 Pemberton Square
Boston MA 02109
Phone 617-557-1082
Email Elizabeth.Bouvier@sjc.state.ma.us

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County Court

This court was active from 1636 (called a quarterly court and then the county court when Suffolk was created in 1643) to 1692. The court heard all civil causes up to 10 shillings (raised to 40 shillings in 1647) and all criminal causes not concerning life, limb, or banishment. These were all jury trials. Some records can be found in the [Suffolk_County,_Massachusetts#Suffolk_Files|Suffolk Files].

The records microfilmed:

At the Massachusetts Archives:

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Quarterly Court of General Sessions of the Peace

This court was active from 1692 to 1827. The court heard criminal cases and had authority over county affairs that included levying taxes, reviewing town bylaws, highways, licensed liquor, regulated jails, supervised the administration of the poor laws, and appointed some county officials.

The records microfilmed:

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Inferior Court of Common Pleas

This court was active from 1692 to 1859. The court heard all civil cases over 40s unless a case involved freehold or was appealed from a justice of the peace.

The records microfilmed:

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Superior Court

The Quarterly Court of General Sessions was merged into the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in 1827, and that court was reorganized in 1859 to created the Superior Court as the new lower (i.e. trial) court. It covers both criminal and civil matters.

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Supreme Judicial Court

The Supreme Judicial Court was established by the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 that combined the former Governor and Council with the Superior Court of Judicature creating the highest state court. This court hears appeals, writ of error, capital offenses, and crimes against the public good. That included divorces until that action was moved to the lower court in 1887.

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Naturalization Records

Naturalization records were created on a variety of governmental levels from the Federal down to the city at the same time. The county records for all levels are outlines below. For more information, see the Massachusetts state page for more on naturalization.

Federal Naturalization Records for Nantucket County


Record Dates Location Index Microfilm/Online
Court of Common Pleas
Supreme Judicial Ct.
1804-1903 National Archives - Waltham Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, NARA M1299, FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117) FHL Digital Capture 7173072-7173083; Part of the New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906
Nantucket County Naturalization Records


Record Dates Location Index Microfilm/Online
Superior Court 1803-1974 Judicial Archives Card index Records, 1908-1945, at Mass. Arch. RR; Declarations, 1908-1945, Petitions, 1910-1945, and Citizenship granted, 1930-1945, FHL films 2132425-2132426
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Maps

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Nantucket County Massachusetts Genealogy Societies

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Nantucket County Massachusetts Genealogy References

Adjacent counties:
Massachusetts: Barnstable | Dukes
New York: Suffolk County