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''[[United States]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Massachusetts'''<br>
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= Massachusetts Research Guide  =
 
= Massachusetts Research Guide  =
  
=== Introduction to Massachusetts Research  ===
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=== Introduction to Massachusetts Research  ===
  
 
=== Get Started with These Resources  ===
 
=== Get Started with These Resources  ===
  
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| * Birth/Christening
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| * [[How to Find Massachusetts Birth Records|Birth Records]]
| * Census
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| * [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Census|Census Records]]
 
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| * Marriage  
 
| * Marriage  
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| * Death  
 
| * Death  
| * Military
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| * [[Massachusetts Military Records|Military Records]]
 
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| * Church  
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| * [[Massachusetts Church Records|Church Records]]
 
| * Migration
 
| * Migration
 
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| * Land/Property  
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| * [[Massachusetts Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
| * Local Resources
 
| * Local Resources
 
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=== Try These Records Next  ===
 
=== Try These Records Next  ===
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==== Biographies and Family Histories  ====
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*[[Massachusetts Genealogy|Family histories]]
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==== Newspapers  ====
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Newspapers were first published in Massachusetts in 1690. The Commonwealth has a rich history documented within these pages. Most all libraries have copies of their local newspapers and research / university libraries include more. There are two libraries whose collection rivals all others:
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*American Antiquarian Society, Worcester (see details below under [[#Libraries_and_Societies|Libraries]]), collects all things in print before 1876. They hold the largest single collection of [http://www.americanantiquarian.org/newspapers.htm original newspapers] in the country.<br>
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*Boston Public Library, Boston (see details below under [[#Libraries_and_Societies|Libraries]]), is the repository for Massachusetts part of the national effort to microfilm all known existing copies of newspapers called the [http://www.bpl.org/research/newspapers/ Massachusetts Newspaper Program]. For their holdings, see the [http://www.bpl.org/research/microtext/news.htm online guide] for newspapers.<br>
  
 
=== Massachusetts History and Geography  ===
 
=== Massachusetts History and Geography  ===
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the [http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h572.html Massachusetts Bay Colony] in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. For more information about the history of Massachusetts, see the [[Massachusetts History]] article.  
 
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the [http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h572.html Massachusetts Bay Colony] in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. For more information about the history of Massachusetts, see the [[Massachusetts History]] article.  
  
=== Research Tools  ===
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Massachusetts is currently comprised of the following counties:
  
*The [http://magenweb.org/ Massachusetts GenWeb Project] provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.  
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*[http://www.masslandrecords.com/malr/index.htm Massachusetts Land Records] provides access to indexes and search tools to find recorded records. Some counties have records, with images, available back to 1900.
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*[[Massachusetts County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|County Creation Dates and Divisions]] showing dates they were created or renamed and counties created from older counties.
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*[[Barnstable County, Massachusetts|Barnstable]]
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*[[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]]
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*[[Bristol County, Massachusetts|Bristol]]
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*[[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes]]
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*[[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex]]
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*[[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin]]
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*[[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]]
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*[[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire]]
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*[[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex]]
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*[[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket]]
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*[[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]]
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*[[Plymouth County Massachusetts genealogy|Plymouth]]
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*[[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]]
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*[[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]]
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'''Click''' on a county in the map below to go to that county's page. '''Hover''' over a county to see its name. To see a '''larger''' version of the map, [[Massachusetts Counties Map|click here]]. {{MAimagemap2}}
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The following jurisdictions are now obsolete:
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*[[Cornwall County, Massachusetts|Cornwall (ME)]]
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*[[Devonshire County, Maine|Devonshire (ME)]]
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*[[Dominion of New England]]
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*[[Dukes County, New York|Dukes (NY)]]
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*[[Maine]]
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*[[Massachusetts Bay Colony]]
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*[[New Hampshire]]
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*[[New Netherland]]
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*[[Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts|Norfolk (old)]]
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*[[Plymouth Colony]]
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*[[Yorkshire County, Massachusetts|Yorkshire (ME)]]
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=== Research Tools and Resources  ===
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*The [http://magenweb.org/ Massachusetts GenWeb Project] provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.<br>
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*[[Massachusetts County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|County Creation Dates and Divisions]] showing dates they were created or renamed and counties created from older counties.  
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*[[Massachusetts Societies|Massachusetts Genealogical Societies]]
  
 
=== Training and Help  ===
 
=== Training and Help  ===
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/gethelp Call or chat with an experienced researcher]&nbsp;
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*[https://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsGenealogyResearch?fref=ts Join a Facebook Group]&nbsp;
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*[[Professional Genealogists who specialize in Massachusetts Research|Consult a Professional Genealogist]]
  
 
=== Help Wanted on the Massachusetts Wiki pages  ===
 
=== Help Wanted on the Massachusetts Wiki pages  ===
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[[FamilySearch Wiki:Help wanted on the Massachusetts pages|Find more opportunities to help with the Massachusetts pages]].  
 
[[FamilySearch Wiki:Help wanted on the Massachusetts pages|Find more opportunities to help with the Massachusetts pages]].  
 
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[[Category:Massachusetts]] [[Category:States_of_the_United_States]]

Revision as of 02:25, 15 August 2013

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Contents

Massachusetts Research Guide

Introduction to Massachusetts Research

Get Started with These Resources

* Birth Records * Census Records
* Marriage * Probate
* Death * Military Records
* Church Records * Migration
* Land and Property * Local Resources

Try These Records Next

Biographies and Family Histories

Newspapers

Newspapers were first published in Massachusetts in 1690. The Commonwealth has a rich history documented within these pages. Most all libraries have copies of their local newspapers and research / university libraries include more. There are two libraries whose collection rivals all others:

  • American Antiquarian Society, Worcester (see details below under Libraries), collects all things in print before 1876. They hold the largest single collection of original newspapers in the country.
  • Boston Public Library, Boston (see details below under Libraries), is the repository for Massachusetts part of the national effort to microfilm all known existing copies of newspapers called the Massachusetts Newspaper Program. For their holdings, see the online guide for newspapers.

Massachusetts History and Geography

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. For more information about the history of Massachusetts, see the Massachusetts History article.

Massachusetts is currently comprised of the following counties:

Click on a county in the map below to go to that county's page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.
Berkshire CountyHampden CountyHampshire CountyFranklin CountyWorcester CountyMiddlesex CountyEssex CountySuffolk CountyNorfolk CountyBristol CountyPlymouth CountyBarnstable CountyDukes CountyNantucket CountyMassachusetts-county-map.gif


The following jurisdictions are now obsolete:

Research Tools and Resources

Training and Help

Help Wanted on the Massachusetts Wiki pages

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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need willing volunteers. You can help:

  • Expand county articles
  • Check links on pages
  • ...and more

Find more opportunities to help with the Massachusetts pages.


To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki click here: