Worcester County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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{{stub}}''[[United States|United States]] > [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] > Worcester County'' [[Image:Ma-worcester.png|right|300px]]  
 
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== [http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml County Courthouse] ==
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*In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, Berkshire, Essex, Hampden and Worcester were abolished.  
 
*In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, Berkshire, Essex, Hampden and Worcester were abolished.  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*Created 5 April 1731 from Hampshire, Middlesex and [[Suffolk_County,_Massachusetts|Suffolk ]]counties
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*Created 5 April 1731 from Hampshire, Middlesex and [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk counties]]
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
=== Record Loss  ===
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==== Record Loss  ====
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
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=== Populated Places  ===
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*'''Cities''': Fitchburg . Gardner . Leominster . Southbridge . Worcester  
 
*'''Cities''': Fitchburg . Gardner . Leominster . Southbridge . Worcester  
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*'''Villages''': Gilbertville . Ironstone . Linwood . North Uxbridge . Old Furnace . Wheelockville . Wheelwright
 
*'''Villages''': Gilbertville . Ironstone . Linwood . North Uxbridge . Old Furnace . Wheelockville . Wheelwright
  
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
 
[[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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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

  • Cities: Fitchburg . Gardner . Leominster . Southbridge . Worcester
  • Towns: Ashburnham . Athol . Auburn . Barre . Berlin . Blackstone . Bolton . Boylston . Brookfield . Charlton . Clinton . Douglas . Dudley . East Brookfield . Grafton . Hardwick . Harvard . Holden . Hopedale . Hubbardston . Lancaster . Leicester . Lunenburg . Mendon . Milford . Millbury . Millville . New Braintree . North Brookfield . Northborough . Northbridge . Oakham . Oxford . Paxton . Petersham . Phillipston . Princeton . Royalston . Rutland . Shrewsbury . Southborough . Spencer . Sterling . Sturbridge . Sutton . Templeton . Upton . Uxbridge . Warren . Webster . West Boylston . West Brookfield . Westborough . Westminster . Winchendon
  • Communities: Athol . Baldwinville . Barre . Clinton . Cordaville . East Brookfield . East Douglas . Fiskdale . Fort Devens . Hopedale . Lunenburg . Milford . North Brookfield . Northborough . Oxford . Rutland . South Ashburnham . South Lancaster . Spencer . Sturbridge . Upton-West Upton . Warren . Webster . West Brookfield . Westborough . Whitinsville . Winchendon
  • Villages: Gilbertville . Ironstone . Linwood . North Uxbridge . Old Furnace . Wheelockville . Wheelwright

Neighboring Counties

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

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Gazetteers

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References