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''[[United States|United States]] > [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] > Worcester County'' [[Image:Ma-worcester.png|thumb|right|400px|Ma-worcester.png]]  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Worcester County'''<br><br>{{MADC}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Worcester County
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| state = Massachusetts
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| founded year = 1731
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| founded date = April 5
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| seat = Worcester
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| building address = Worcester County Courthouse<br> 2 Main Street; <br>Worcester, MA 01608-1116<br>Phone: 508.770.0825<br>[http://www.courtreference.com/Worcester-County-Massachusetts-Courts.htm '''Worcester County Website'''] }}
  
== [http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml County Courthouse]  ==
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=== [http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml County Courthouse]  ===
  
*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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'''''Register of Deeds&nbsp;''''' has land records; '''''Probate Court&nbsp;''''' has probate records from 1731; '''''Town Clerks&nbsp;''''' have birth, marriage and death records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 331. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
*Their functions were turned over to state agencies.
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*Sheriffs in these counties still administer jails but their employees are state employees.
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*The legislation to abolish these county governments transferred Registeries of Deeds to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.  
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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.
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== History  ==
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In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, Berkshire, Essex, Hampden and Worcester were abolished.&nbsp; 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. <br><br>Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk county governments remain substantially unchanged. <br><br>'''Towns Organized Before 1800:'''
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{| width="70%" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders"
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*Ashburnham 1765<br>
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*Athol 1762<br>
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*Auburn 1778<br>
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*Barre 1753<br>
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*Berlin 1784<br>
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*Bolton 1738<br>
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*Boylston 1786<br>
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*Brookfield 1673<br>
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*Charlton 1754<br>
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*Douglas 1746<br>
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*Fitchburg, 1764<br>
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*Gardner 1785<br>
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*Grafton 1735<br>
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*Greenwich 1754<br>
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*Hardwick 1739<br>
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*Harvard 1732<br>
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*Hubbardston 1767<br>
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*Lancaster 1653<br>
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*Leicester 1714<br>
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*Leominister 1740<br>
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*Lunenburg 1728<br>
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*Mendon 1667<br>
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*Milford 1780<br>
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*New Braintree 1751<br>
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*Northborough 1766<br>
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*Northbridge 1772<br>
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*Oakham 1762<br>
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*Oxford 1693<br>
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*Paxton 1765<br>
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*Petersham 1754<br>
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*Phillipston 1786<br>
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*Princeton 1759<br>
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*Royalston 1765<br>
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*Rutland 1714<br>
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*Shrewsbury 1720<br>
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*Southborough 1727<br>
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*Spencer 1753<br>
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*Sterling 1781<br>
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*Sutton 1714<br>
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*Templeton 1762<br>
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*Upton 1735<br>
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*Uxbridge 1742<br>
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*Warren 1742<br>
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*Westbourough 1717<br>
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*Westminister 1759<br>
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*Winchendon 1762<br>
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*Worcester 1684
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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;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>''Handybook for Genealogists'', 181. </ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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{{MAWorcesterCitiesList}}
  
Worcester, Fitchburg, Uxbridge, Mendon, Sturbridge, Milford, Uxbridge, [[Worcester County, Massachusetts Populated Places|more...]]
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'''Towns'''
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*[[Ashburnham, Massachusetts|Ashburnham]]
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*[[Athol, Massachusetts|Athol]]
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*[[Auburn, Massachusetts|Auburn]]
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*[[Barre, Massachusetts|Barre]]
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*[[Berlin, Massachusetts|Berlin]]
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*[[Blackstone, Massachusetts|Blackstone]]
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*[[Bolton, Massachusetts|Bolton]]
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*[[Boylston, Massachusetts|Boylston]]
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*[[Brookfield, Massachusetts|Brookfield]]
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*[[Charlton, Massachusetts|Charlton]]
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*[[Clinton, Massachusetts|Clinton]]
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*[[Douglas, Massachusetts|Douglas]]
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*[[Dudley, Massachusetts|Dudley]]
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*[[East Brookfield, Massachusetts|East Brookfield]]
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*[[Grafton, Massachusetts|Grafton]]
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*[[Hardwick, Massachusetts|Hardwick]]
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*[[Harvard, Massachusetts|Harvard]]
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*[[Holden, Massachusetts|Holden]]
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*[[Hopedale, Massachusetts|Hopedale]]
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*[[Hubbardston, Massachusetts|Hubbardston]]
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*[[Lancaster, Massachusetts|Lancaster]]
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*[[Leicester, Massachusetts|Leicester]]
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*[[Lunenburg, Massachusetts|Lunenburg]]
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*[[Mendon, Massachusetts|Mendon]]
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*[[Milford, Massachusetts|Milford]]
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*[[Millbury, Massachusetts|Millbury]]
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*[[Millville, Massachusetts|Millville]]
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*[[New Braintree, Massachusetts|New Braintree]]
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*[[North Brookfield, Massachusetts|North Brookfield]]
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*[[Northborough, Massachusetts|Northborough]]
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*[[Northbridge, Massachusetts|Northbridge]]
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*[[Oakham, Massachusetts|Oakham]]
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*[[Oxford, Massachusetts|Oxford]]
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*[[Paxton, Massachusetts|Paxton]]
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*[[Petersham, Massachusetts|Petersham]]
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*[[Phillipston, Massachusetts|Phillipston]]
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*[[Princeton, Massachusetts|Princeton]]
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*[[Royalston, Massachusetts|Royalston]]
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*[[Rutland, Massachusetts|Rutland]]
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*[[Shrewsbury, Massachusetts|Shrewsbury]]
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*[[Southborough, Massachusetts|Southborough]]
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*[[Spencer, Massachusetts|Spencer]]
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*[[Sterling, Massachusetts|Sterling]]
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*[[Sturbridge, Massachusetts|Sturbridge]]
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*[[Sutton, Massachusetts|Sutton]]
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*[[Templeton, Massachusetts|Templeton]]
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*[[Upton, Massachusetts|Upton]]
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*[[Uxbridge, Massachusetts|Uxbridge]]
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*[[Warren, Massachusetts|Warren]]
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*[[Webster, Massachusetts|Webster]]
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*[[West Boylston, Massachusetts|West Boylston]]
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*[[West Brookfield, Massachusetts|West Brookfield]]
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*[[Westborough, Massachusetts|Westborough]]
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*[[Westminster, Massachusetts|Westminster]]
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*[[Winchendon, Massachusetts|Winchendon]]
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'''Ceded or Extinct Towns:&nbsp;''' [[Dana, Massachusetts|Dana]] | [[Enfield, Massachusetts|Enfield]] | [[Suffield, Massachusetts|Suffield]] | [[Woodstock, Massachusetts|Woodstock]]<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 224-26. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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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  
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
{{Census|Massachusetts}}
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{{Census|Massachusetts}}  
  
 
===== State Census  =====
 
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*''Names and ranks of men in the military service, 1781-1840'', (microfilm of original records in Grafton, Massachusetts, Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971), {{FHL|275438|item|disp=FHL film  855361 Item 4}}.
  
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
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*[[Worcester Massachusetts Family History Center]]
 
*[[Worcester Massachusetts Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
 
*[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]].  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Worcester The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Worcester County  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Worcester The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Worcester County  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Worcester The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Worcester County (backup site)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Worcester The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Worcester County (backup site)  
 
*{{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
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
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Worcester County, Massachusetts
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Map of Massachusetts highlighting Worcester County
Location in the state of Massachusetts
Map of the U.S. highlighting Massachusetts
Location of Massachusetts in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 5, 1731
County Seat Worcester
Courthouse
Address Worcester County Courthouse
2 Main Street;
Worcester, MA 01608-1116
Phone: 508.770.0825
Worcester County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Register of Deeds  has land records; Probate Court  has probate records from 1731; Town Clerks  have birth, marriage and death records.[1]

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.

Towns Organized Before 1800:

  • Ashburnham 1765
  • Athol 1762
  • Auburn 1778
  • Barre 1753
  • Berlin 1784
  • Bolton 1738
  • Boylston 1786
  • Brookfield 1673
  • Charlton 1754
  • Douglas 1746
  • Fitchburg, 1764
  • Gardner 1785
  • Grafton 1735
  • Greenwich 1754
  • Hardwick 1739
  • Harvard 1732
  • Hubbardston 1767
  • Lancaster 1653
  • Leicester 1714
  • Leominister 1740
  • Lunenburg 1728
  • Mendon 1667
  • Milford 1780
  • New Braintree 1751
  • Northborough 1766
  • Northbridge 1772
  • Oakham 1762
  • Oxford 1693
  • Paxton 1765
  • Petersham 1754
  • Phillipston 1786
  • Princeton 1759
  • Royalston 1765
  • Rutland 1714
  • Shrewsbury 1720
  • Southborough 1727
  • Spencer 1753
  • Sterling 1781
  • Sutton 1714
  • Templeton 1762
  • Upton 1735
  • Uxbridge 1742
  • Warren 1742
  • Westbourough 1717
  • Westminister 1759
  • Winchendon 1762
  • Worcester 1684

History

Parent County

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Cities
MassachusettsNew HampshireConnecticutRhode IslandWorcester CountyFranklin CountyHampshire CountyHampden CountyMiddlesex CountyNorfolk CountyTolland CountyWindham CountyProvidence CountyCheshire CountyHillsborough CountyWorcesterWarrenWest BrookfieldNorth BrookfieldEast BrookfieldBrookfieldSturbridgeSouthbridgeDudleyWebsterDouglasUxbridgeMillvilleBlackstoneMendonNorthbridgeSuttonOxfordCharltonSpencerLeicesterAuburnMillburyGraftonUptonMilfordHopedaleWestboroughSouthboroughNorthboroughBerlinBoltonHarvardLancasterClintonBoylstonShrewsburyWest BoylstonSterlingLeominsterLunenburgFitchburgWestminsterPrincetonHoldenPaxtonRutlandHubbardstonGardnerAshburnhamWinchendonRoyalstonAtholPetershamHardwickNew BraintreeOakhamBarrePhillipstonTempletonWarwickOrangeWendellNew SalemPelhamBelchertownWarePalmerMonsonWalesHollandBrimfieldMedwayBellinghamFranklinAshbyTownsendPepperellDunstableTyngsboroughWestfordGrotonShirleyAyerLittletonBoxboroughActonMaynardStowHudsonMarlboroughSudburyFraminghamAshlandHopkintonHollistonStaffordEllingtonTollandWillingtonUnionAshfordEastfordWoodstockThompsonBurrillvilleGlocesterSmithfieldNorth SmithfieldWoonsocketCumberlandLincolnWinchesterRichmondFitzwilliamRindgeNew IpswichGreenvilleMasonBrooklineHollisNashuaHudson
Modern city and town borders in Worcester County, Massachusetts.
Fitchburg | Gardner | Leominster | Southbridge | Worcester 

Towns

Ceded or Extinct Towns:  Dana | Enfield | Suffield | Woodstock[3]

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 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

  • Names and ranks of men in the military service, 1781-1840, (microfilm of original records in Grafton, Massachusetts, Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971), FHL film 855361 Item 4.

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), 331. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists, 181.
  3. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 224-26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.