Worcester County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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== [http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml County Courthouse]  ==
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*In 1997, the county governments of [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex]], [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]], [[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex]], [[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]] and Worcester were abolished.  
 
*In 1997, the county governments of [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex]], [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]], [[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex]], [[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]] and Worcester were abolished.  
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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.
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*Created 5 April 1731 from [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire]], [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex]] and [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]] counties <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;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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*Created 5 April 1731 from [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire]], [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex]] and [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]] counties <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;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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== Places / Localities  ==
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[[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin ]]| [[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden ]]| [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire ]]| [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex ]]| [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk ]]| '''Connecticut '''counties: [[Tolland County, Connecticut|Tolland ]]| [[Windham County, Connecticut|Windham ]]| '''New Hampshire''' counties: [[Cheshire County, New Hampshire|Cheshire ]]| [[Hillsborough County, New Hampshire|Hillsborough ]]| [[Providence County, Rhode Island|Providence County]], Rhode Island  
 
[[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin ]]| [[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden ]]| [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire ]]| [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex ]]| [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk ]]| '''Connecticut '''counties: [[Tolland County, Connecticut|Tolland ]]| [[Windham County, Connecticut|Windham ]]| '''New Hampshire''' counties: [[Cheshire County, New Hampshire|Cheshire ]]| [[Hillsborough County, New Hampshire|Hillsborough ]]| [[Providence County, Rhode Island|Providence County]], Rhode Island  
  
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*[[Worcester Massachusetts Family History Center]]
 
*[[Worcester Massachusetts Family History Center]]
  
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*[http://worcester.bettysgenealogy.org/ The Worcester County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://worcester.bettysgenealogy.org/ The Worcester County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
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*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Worcester|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Worcester County
 
*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Worcester|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Worcester County
  
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Modern city and town borders in Worcester County, Massachusetts.

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Contents

County Courthouse

  • 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.

History

Parent County

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Worcester, Fitchburg, Uxbridge, Mendon, Sturbridge, Milford, Uxbridge, more...

Neighboring Counties

Franklin | Hampden | Hampshire | Middlesex | Norfolk | Connecticut counties: Tolland | Windham | New Hampshire counties: Cheshire | Hillsborough | Providence County, Rhode Island

Resources

Cemeteries

BillionGraves:

Census

For tips on accessing Worcester County, Massachusetts Genealogy census records online, see: Massachusetts Census.


State Census

1855 Massachusetts State Census—A free Internet index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on FamilySearch Historical Records. 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 Internet index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on FamilySearch Historical Records. 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

Court

Gazetteers

Genealogy

Moorhouse, B-Ann.  A Moorhouse Family of Dublin, Carlow and Kildare.  Pictures and Genealogy of Moorhouse family in Ireland, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, with small amount in Worcester Mass. and New York, covering years 1672-1945.  Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.IX, no.1, 1977, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v9.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].