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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Winthrop'''  
 
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=== Brief History  ===
 
=== Brief History  ===
  
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This area was first called Winnisimmet by the Native Americans. The peninsula was annexed by Boston in 1632 and settled by 1635 as Pullen Point. What is now Winthrop was divided into 15 plots of land in 1637. This became the farm land and grazing place for Boston men's cattle. Rural and difficult to get to Boston (a mere 1.5 miles by water but 20 miles by land), this area incorporated as the new town of [[Chelsea, Massachusetts|Chelsea]] in 1739. Later, the northeastern two-thirds was set off as North Chelsea in 1846, though renamed [[Revere, Massachusetts|Revere]] in 1871. This new town quick divided and the southern part became Winthrop in 1852. The modern map of Winthrop at first glance will appear odd. The expansion of Noodle Island (East Boston) with landfill connected several islands, it included water that was part of Winthrop thus today part of the northeast corner of Logan Airport belongs to Winthrop. Likewise, in the 1930s, Deer Island (Boston) was connected to the southeastern point of Winthrop by landfill. This part of [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]], once an internment camp for Native Americans during King Philip's War, a quarantine station for arriving sick immigrants, and the county jail, is now a park with an old cemetery and home to a large waste water treatment facility. It is only reached by land through Winthrop. Snake Island is part of Winthrop.
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== Historical Data  ==
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The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 130. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>
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Winthrop at one time was called Pullen Point.
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Village or section names include Battery, Belle Isle, Cottage Hill, Cottage Park, Great Head, Ingalls, Ocean Spray, Playstead, Point Shirley, Snake Island, Thornton, Winthrop Beach, Winthrop Center, and Winthrop Highlands.
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>
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| 27 Mar. 1852
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| Incorporated as a town from a part set off from North Chelsea (now [[Revere, Massachusetts|Revere]]).
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<div style="width:147%"><center>[[Winthrop, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Town Histories  ==
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[[Image:{{MASufWinMap}}]]Works written on the town include:
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*Charles W. Hall, ''Historic Winthrop, 1630-1902; a concise history of Winthrop'' (Boston, 1902), 43 pp.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/83026104 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Madeleine Littlefield, ''History of the Town of Winthrop: 1614-1943'' ([Winthrop, Mass., 1940?]).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/52967969 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Channing Howard, ''Our Streets: How we got them and their names'' (Winthrop, Mass., 1950), 12 pp.<br>Listed in bibliography as being at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, but not found in their catalog or anywhere else online.<br>
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*William H. Clark, ''The History of Winthrop, Massachusetts; 1630-1952'' (Winthrop, Mass., 1952), 313 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8411583 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|710169|item|disp=FHL book 974.46/W2 H2c or film 1440415 Item 4}}.<br>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winthrop,_Massachusetts Winthrop Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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<center>[[Winthrop, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Vital Records  ==
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The town's vital records are available in many locations:
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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*[http://www.town.winthrop.ma.us/pages/WinthropMA_Clerk/index '''Winthrop Town Clerk's Office''']<br>Town Hall, Room 8<br>1 Metcalf Square<br>Winthrop MA 02152<br>Phone 617-846-1742<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Births (1874-1915), Marriages (1853-1864, 1867-1915), and Deaths (1893-1915), {{FHL|1497076|item|disp=FHL films 2431839-2431839, 2431849, 2437780, 2437883}}.
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*'''Not part''' of the Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br>See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.
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== City Directories  ==
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Winthrop was published in 1882, 1884, 1886-1890, 1892, 1893, 1895/6, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [''all previous published under Chelsea''], 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1918, 1921, 1924, 1929/30, 1931.
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The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
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Other holdings:
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1882, 1884, 1886-1890, 1892, 1893, 1895/6, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [''all previous published under Chelsea''], 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1918, 1921, 1924, 1929/30, 1931.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1918, 1929/30, 1931.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [''all previous published under Chelsea''] on {{FHL|533779|item|disp=FHL various film records}}; 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1929/30, 1931 on {{FHL|1129352|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1882, 1884, 1886-1890, 1892, 1893, 1895/6, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [''all previous published under Chelsea''], 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1918/9, 1921, 1924, 1929/30, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1942, 1947.
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*New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston) ($) has 1882, 1884, 1886-1890, 1892, 1893, 1895/6, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [''all previous published under [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1022136~S0 Chelsea]''], 1911, 1916/7, 1918/9, 1921, 1924, 1929/30, 1931 [''all under [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1048514~S0 Winthrop]''].
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<center>[[Winthrop, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Maps  ==
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*Whitman &amp; Howard, ''Winthrop - anciently Pullin Point, our peninsula in 1624'' (S.l., 1930).<br>Digital version at [http://maps.bpl.org/id/12583 Boston Public Library].<br>Not in WorldCat or at FHL.<br>
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*Thomas W. Davis, ''Plan of Winthrop Farm in the Town of Winthrop belonging to the City of Boston'' (Boston, 1882).<br>Digital version at [http://maps.bpl.org/id/12941 Boston Public Library].<br>Not in WorldCat or at FHL.<br>
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*George W. and Walter S. Bromley, ''Atlas of the city of Chelsea and the towns of Revere and Winthrop: from actual surveys and official plans'' (Philadelphia, 1896).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/41294608 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*''Map of Chelsea, Everett, Revere &amp; Winthrop'' (Boston, 1897)<br>Digital version at [http://maps.bpl.org/id/10898 Boston Public Library].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/46592502 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*G. David Hubbard, ''Winthrop: then &amp; now; historical mapping of Winthrop Massachusetts'' ([Winthrop, Mass., 2005]), 52 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/71276923 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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<center>[[Winthrop, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Cemeteries  ==
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The following is a list of cemeteries in Winthrop. Remember that this was part of North Chelsea (now Revere), earlier Chelsea, and first Boston.<br>
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:#Belle Isle Cemetery, 1993.
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:#Cross Street Cemetery, 1940.
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:#New or Middle Cemetery, 1919.
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:#Winthrop Cemetery, 1835. (A)
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). ''Vital Records of Chelsea, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1916) [see links above under [[Chelsea, Massachusetts#Vital_Records|vital records of Chelsea]]].<br>
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== Churches  ==
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The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.
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:#'''Methodist Episcopal Church''' (now called [http://www.gbgm-umc.org/winthrop/ '''First Church of Winthrop''']), 1835, records good.
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:#'''Baptist Church''', 1871, records good.<br>This may be the [http://www.evangelicalbaptist.org/ Evangelical Baptist Church of Newton's] Teaching Center in Winthrop.
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:#'''Point Shirley Catholic Church''', n.d. (attached to St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, East Boston in 1889)
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:#[http://stjohnswinthrop.org/ '''St. John the Evangelist's Catholic Church'''], 1907.
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:#[http://www.jewishwinthrop.org/ '''Temple Tifereth Israel'''], 1912.
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:#'''Congregation Tifereth Abraham Anshei Lubavitch''', 1923.
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:#'''Chevra Thillim''', bef. 1925 (not extant).
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:#[http://www.holyrosaryparish.net/ '''Holy Rosary Catholic Church'''], 1953.
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:#'''Comunidade Evangelica de Boston''', n.d.
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:#[http://stjohnsepiscopal-winthropma.org/ '''St. John's Episcopal Church'''], n.d.<br>St. John's Church, Records, 1922-1932, bound copies of parish books.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/70958257 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.
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:#[http://www.uccwebsites.net/unioincongwinthropma.html '''Union Congregational Church'''] (United Christ of Christ), n.d.
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<center>[[Winthrop, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Town Records  ==
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There are no town records microfilmed or published. The [http://www.town.winthrop.ma.us/pages/WinthropMA_Assessor/index town assessor's office] has online valuations from 2005 to present with links to town maps (property) and to an online database.
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<center>[[Winthrop, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Newspapers  ==
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:#''Winthrop Visitor'', 1882-1905.
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:#''Winthrop Gazette'', 1885.
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:#''Winthrop Sun'' (title varied), 1892-1999.
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:#''Winthrop Independent'', 1909.
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:#''Winthrop Review'', 1919-1944.
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:#''Winthrop Transcript'', 1944-1959.
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<center>[[Winthrop, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:
  
'''Adjacent towns: ''Suffolk Co.: '' [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]] | [[Dorchester, Massachusetts|Dorchester (Boston)]] | [[Revere, Massachusetts|Revere]] | ''Essex Co.: '' [[Lynn, Massachusetts|Lynn]] | [[Nahant, Massachusetts|Nahant]] | ''Plymouth Co.: '' [[Hull, Massachusetts|Hull]]'''
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[http://www.noblenet.org/winthrop/ '''Winthrop Public Library &amp; Museum''']<br>2 Metcalf Square<br> Winthrop MA 02152<br>Phone 617-846-1703<br>
  
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[http://www.wihaonline.org/main.html '''Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association''']<br>40 Shirley Street<br>Winthrop MA 02152<br>No phone
  
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== References  ==
  
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: ''Suffolk Co.: '' [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]] | [[Dorchester, Massachusetts|Dorchester (Boston)]] | [[Revere, Massachusetts|Revere]] | ''Essex Co.: '' [[Lynn, Massachusetts|Lynn]] | [[Nahant, Massachusetts|Nahant]] | ''Plymouth Co.: '' [[Hull, Massachusetts|Hull]]'''</center><br>
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Brief History

This area was first called Winnisimmet by the Native Americans. The peninsula was annexed by Boston in 1632 and settled by 1635 as Pullen Point. What is now Winthrop was divided into 15 plots of land in 1637. This became the farm land and grazing place for Boston men's cattle. Rural and difficult to get to Boston (a mere 1.5 miles by water but 20 miles by land), this area incorporated as the new town of Chelsea in 1739. Later, the northeastern two-thirds was set off as North Chelsea in 1846, though renamed Revere in 1871. This new town quick divided and the southern part became Winthrop in 1852. The modern map of Winthrop at first glance will appear odd. The expansion of Noodle Island (East Boston) with landfill connected several islands, it included water that was part of Winthrop thus today part of the northeast corner of Logan Airport belongs to Winthrop. Likewise, in the 1930s, Deer Island (Boston) was connected to the southeastern point of Winthrop by landfill. This part of Boston, once an internment camp for Native Americans during King Philip's War, a quarantine station for arriving sick immigrants, and the county jail, is now a park with an old cemetery and home to a large waste water treatment facility. It is only reached by land through Winthrop. Snake Island is part of Winthrop.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Winthrop at one time was called Pullen Point.

Village or section names include Battery, Belle Isle, Cottage Hill, Cottage Park, Great Head, Ingalls, Ocean Spray, Playstead, Point Shirley, Snake Island, Thornton, Winthrop Beach, Winthrop Center, and Winthrop Highlands.

Border changes
Dates Events
27 Mar. 1852 Incorporated as a town from a part set off from North Chelsea (now Revere).
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Town Histories

[[Image:
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Town of Winthrop in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

]]Works written on the town include:

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Vital Records

The town's vital records are available in many locations:

Original records
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City Directories

Winthrop was published in 1882, 1884, 1886-1890, 1892, 1893, 1895/6, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [all previous published under Chelsea], 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1918, 1921, 1924, 1929/30, 1931.

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

  • Ancestry ($) has 1882, 1884, 1886-1890, 1892, 1893, 1895/6, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [all previous published under Chelsea], 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1918, 1921, 1924, 1929/30, 1931.
  • Boston Public Library has 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1918, 1929/30, 1931.
  • Family History Library (Salt Lake City) has 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [all previous published under Chelsea] on FHL various film records; 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1929/30, 1931 on FHL various film records.
  • fold3 ($) has none.
  • Massachusetts State Library has 1882, 1884, 1886-1890, 1892, 1893, 1895/6, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [all previous published under Chelsea], 1911, 1913, 1916/7, 1918/9, 1921, 1924, 1929/30, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1942, 1947.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston) ($) has 1882, 1884, 1886-1890, 1892, 1893, 1895/6, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902/3, 1904, 1906, 1908 [all previous published under Chelsea], 1911, 1916/7, 1918/9, 1921, 1924, 1929/30, 1931 [all under Winthrop].
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Maps

  • Whitman & Howard, Winthrop - anciently Pullin Point, our peninsula in 1624 (S.l., 1930).
    Digital version at Boston Public Library.
    Not in WorldCat or at FHL.
  • Thomas W. Davis, Plan of Winthrop Farm in the Town of Winthrop belonging to the City of Boston (Boston, 1882).
    Digital version at Boston Public Library.
    Not in WorldCat or at FHL.
  • George W. and Walter S. Bromley, Atlas of the city of Chelsea and the towns of Revere and Winthrop: from actual surveys and official plans (Philadelphia, 1896).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Map of Chelsea, Everett, Revere & Winthrop (Boston, 1897)
    Digital version at Boston Public Library.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • G. David Hubbard, Winthrop: then & now; historical mapping of Winthrop Massachusetts ([Winthrop, Mass., 2005]), 52 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
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Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in Winthrop. Remember that this was part of North Chelsea (now Revere), earlier Chelsea, and first Boston.

  1. Belle Isle Cemetery, 1993.
  2. Cross Street Cemetery, 1940.
  3. New or Middle Cemetery, 1919.
  4. Winthrop Cemetery, 1835. (A)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of Chelsea, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1916) [see links above under vital records of Chelsea].

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Churches

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.

  1. Methodist Episcopal Church (now called First Church of Winthrop), 1835, records good.
  2. Baptist Church, 1871, records good.
    This may be the Evangelical Baptist Church of Newton's Teaching Center in Winthrop.
  3. Point Shirley Catholic Church, n.d. (attached to St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, East Boston in 1889)
  4. St. John the Evangelist's Catholic Church, 1907.
  5. Temple Tifereth Israel, 1912.
  6. Congregation Tifereth Abraham Anshei Lubavitch, 1923.
  7. Chevra Thillim, bef. 1925 (not extant).
  8. Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1953.
  9. Comunidade Evangelica de Boston, n.d.
  10. St. John's Episcopal Church, n.d.
    St. John's Church, Records, 1922-1932, bound copies of parish books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  11. Union Congregational Church (United Christ of Christ), n.d.
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Town Records

There are no town records microfilmed or published. The town assessor's office has online valuations from 2005 to present with links to town maps (property) and to an online database.

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Newspapers

  1. Winthrop Visitor, 1882-1905.
  2. Winthrop Gazette, 1885.
  3. Winthrop Sun (title varied), 1892-1999.
  4. Winthrop Independent, 1909.
  5. Winthrop Review, 1919-1944.
  6. Winthrop Transcript, 1944-1959.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Winthrop Public Library & Museum
2 Metcalf Square
Winthrop MA 02152
Phone 617-846-1703

Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association
40 Shirley Street
Winthrop MA 02152
No phone

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 130. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Suffolk Co.: Boston | Dorchester (Boston) | Revere | Essex Co.: Lynn | Nahant | Plymouth Co.: Hull