Charlestown was a town in Middlesex County before it was annexed to Boston in Suffolk County. This guide discusses the records created by this town and includes references to material of present-day Charlestown (the neighborhood of Boston) as well. Be careful of the time period you are researching here as the records you need may be in one of two counties or one of two towns.
Men exploring from Naumkeag (now Salem) arrived a place called Mishawum by the local Indians in 1628. A group of more than one hundred persons from Naumkeag moved to Mishawum to settle in 1629. Its population and importance grew from there as its location proved advantageous. The revolutionary Battle of Bunker Hill (actually fought on Breed's Hill) in 1775 has kept the town alive in the minds of today's U.S. citizens. Its strategic importance was evident by the United States' purchase of harbor land that became the Charlestown Navy Yard and the home of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat (1797). The town and later city saw many waves of immigrants settling and calling it home. The Irish Catholic community has remained a strong presence in the city, but there are large Latin American communities now in the city. It is the mother town for Burlington, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Somerville, Stoneham, and Woburn. To see a summary of the town history, see the online timeline.
The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series with additions from various sources.
Charlestown at one time was Charlton and Mishawum.
Village or section names include .
|23 Aug. 1630||First mentioned as "The first Court of Assistants, holden att Charlton ..." [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 73].|
|6 Mar. 1632||Border between Charlestown and Newtown (now Cambridge) established.|
|2 July 1633||Granted the land between the North River and the Creeke.|
|8 July 1635||Border between Charlestown and Boston established.|
|3 Mar. 1636||Border established as eight miles into the country from the meetinghouse.|
|28 Mar. 1636||Border between Charlestown and Boston established.|
|28 Oct. 1636||Lovell's Island granted to Charlestown provided they use it for fishing by their townsmen or hinder not others.|
|6 June 1639||Border to be settled between Charlestown, Boston, and Lynn.|
|14 May 1640||Land granted "two miles at their head line."|
|7 Oct. 1640||Land granted "4 mile square ... to make a village." [Later to become Woburn]|
|2 June 1641||The border for Charlestown village are to be set ... the contents of a 4 mile square.|
|27 Sept. 1642||Charlestown Village is called "Wooborne" (now called Woburn) [Mass. Bay Rec., 2: 28].|
|27 Oct. 1648||Lovell's Island granted to Charlestown provided that half of the timber and firewood to go to the garrison at the Castle.|
|2 May 1649||"Upon the petition of Mistick side men," they are granted to be a district towne ... called Mauldon" (now called Malden [Mass. Bay Rec., 2: 274].|
|12 Nov. 1659||One thousand acres of land granted to the town and renewed 19 Oct. 1664.|
|21 Oct. 1663||Five hundred acres of land granted to the town and confirmed 10 Oct. 1666.|
|17 Dec. 1725||Part set off as the new town of Stoneham.|
|7 June 1726||Part annexed to Malden.|
| 18 Apr. 1754
20 Apr. 1754
|Part annexed to Medford.|
|18 Apr. 1761||Part of Cambridge annexed.|
|6 Mar. 1802||Part annexed to Cambridge.|
|21 June 1811||Part of Medford annexed.|
| 12 Feb. 1818
17 June 1820
|Part annexed to Cambridge.|
|25 Feb. 1842||Part annexed to West Cambridge (now Arlington).|
|3 Mar. 1842||Part set off as the new town of Somerville [St.1842, c.76].|
|10 Mar. 1847||Incorporated as a city by act of 22 Feb. 1847.|
|5 Jan. 1874||Charlestown annexed to Boston by act of 14 May 1873 [Mass. Acts 1873, ch. 286, sec. 1, p. 716].|
]]Works written on the town include:
- Richard Forthingham Jr., The History of Charlestown, Massachusetts (Boston, 1845), vii, 368 pp.
Notably, there is a census of the heads of household for the year 1659 on pages 152 to 154.
Digital version at Internet Archive.
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL film 1597906 Item 1.
- Thomas Bellows Wyman, The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, in the county of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1629-1818 (Boston, 1879; rep. Somersworth, N.H., 1982), 1178,  pp.
WorldCat (Other Libraries) (1879 ed.); WorldCat (Other Libraries) (1982 ed.); FHL book 974.46/C2 D2w or film 497792, 496848 (1879 ed.).
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Morley, Morrice / Morris, Morse*, Mortimer, Morton, Mosely, Mosse, Mountain, Mouran, Mousall*, Mower, Mudd, Mudge, Mugey, Muirhead, Mulberry, Mullen, Mullett, Mullican, Mumforth, Munger, Mungey, Munhire, Munnings, Murch, Murdoe, Murfet, Murphy, Murray, Muzzy ==N== Nannay, Naramore, Nash, Nason, Naylor, Neal, Needham, Negels, Negro, Neibours, Nelson, Nevers, Nevinson, Newby, Newcomb, Newell*, Newgate, Newhall, Newman, Newton, Nicholas, Nichols*, Nicholson, Nick, Nickerson, Niles, Nipkins, Nisbet, Nix, Nizer, Noah, Noaks, Noble, Norcross, Norris, North, Northey, Norton, Norwood, Noseitor, Nowell*, Noyes, Nurse, Nutt, Nutter, Nutting ==O== Oakely, Oakes / Oak, Ober, Obridge, Odat, Odel, Odin, Odiorne, Odlin, Ogelby, Oker, Oldham, Oliver, Olney, Orcut, Orgain, Orgrave, Orne, Orr, Orris, Orton, Osborn*, Osgood, Osieph, Osland, Osment, Oswell, Otis, Over, Overy, Oyer ==P== Paddison, Paddock, Padoxy, Page*, Paine*, Painter, Palfrey, Palgrave, Palmer*, Palmes, Papot, Paraway, Parcy, Pardoe, Paris, Parish, Park, Parker*, Parkman, Parks, Parling, Parnall, Parruck, Parson, Partridge, Patch, Patefield, Pattee, Parren, Patterman, Patterson, Paul, Paynter, Payson, Peabody, Peachie, Peacock, Peak, Peark, Pearson / Pierson, Peartree, Pease, Peasley, Peat, Peack, Peckar, Peggy, Pelham, Pell, Pemberton, Penhallow, Penn, Penney*, Penniman, Penniwell, Penticost, Pepperell, Perksins, Perory, Perreel / Ferrell, Perry, Peters, Peterson, Pharez, Pharus, Phillips*, Phinney, Phippenne, Phipps*, Pickard, Pickering, Picket, Pierce*, Pierpont, Pigeon, Pike, Piles, Pilsbury, Pine, Pinkham, Pinson / Pynson, Piper, Pitcher, Pitt(s), Pittman, Plympton, Pocorney, Pollard, Polley, Pomory, Pool(e), Poor(e), Pope, Popell, Portengal, Porter, Pottarton, Potterfor, Pottem, Potter, Powell, Power(s)*, Pownall, Praro, Pratt*, Prebell, Prentice / Prentiss*, Prescott, Presley, Preston, Price, Pri(t)chard, Prideaux, Priest, Prigg, Prince, Pringle, Prior / Pryer, Proctor, Propert, Prosser, Prout, Pulsifer, Purrington, Pusley, Putnam*, Putt ==Q== Qua(y), Quarls, Quick / Quirk, Qunicy, Quiner ==R== Radford, Rainsboro, Rainsford, Rallion, Ralston, Ramsdell, Rand*, Randall, Randolph, Ranger, Rankin, Ranks, Rappalyea, Rash, Ratchell, Rawlings, Rawson, Ray / Rea, Raymond*, Raynard, Rayner*, Razor, Read / Reed*, Reape, Records, Redding, Redknap, Redman, Reeve, Remick, Remington, Reneuf, Renolph, Revere, Reyley / Royley, Reynolds, Rhodes, Ribaro, Rice, Rich, Richards, Richardson*, Richbell, Ricks, Riddle, Rider, Ridgeway, Ridland, Ridley, Riga, Riggs, Rine, Rindge, Ripley, Risdon, Roach, Robb, Robbins*, Roberchau, Roberts, Robertson, Robinson, Roby, Rockwell, Rockwood, Roden, Rogers, Rolen / Roten, Rolland, Rollins, Rolfe, Room, Roper, Rose, Rosemorgie, Ross, Roswell, Rotman, Roulstone, Rouse*, Row(e), Rowland, Roy, Royal, Ruck, Rudberg,, Ruddock, Rudge, Rue(y), Rugg, Ruggles, Rumney, rumrill, Runey, Rupling, Rushenan, Russell*, Rust, Rutherfor, Rutridge, Ryan, Ryland ==S== Sadie / Sady, Sadler, 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Slavensale, Sloane, Sloper, Small, Samllidge, Smart, Smiley, Smith*, Snell, Snodegrass, Snooke, Snow, Soley*, Solis, Somes, Souche, Soule, Southack, Souther, Southwick, Sowerbuts, Sowersby, Spare, Sparhawk, Sparkes, Sparrow, Spaulding, Spear, Speed, Spencer, Spigh(t) / Spike, Spofford, Sooner, Spowel, Sprague*, Spriggs, Spring, Spurrier, Squire, Stacey, Stackpole, Stafford, Stanford, Staniford, Stanhope, Stanley, Stanton, Stanwood, Staples, Starkie / Starky, Starling, Starr, Stearns*, Stebbins, Stedman, Steel, Stetson, Stephens / Stevens*, Stevenson, Stewart, Stickline, Stickney, Still, Stilson, Stimpson*, Stinson, Stitts, Stockbridge, Stockman, Stockton, Stoddard, Stodder, Stogle, Stokes, Stone*, Stonehouse, Storer, Story, Stoughton, Stow, Stowell, Stower*, Strachan, Strapin, Stratford, Stratton, Streeter, Stride, Stubbs, Stud, Sturdivant, Sturgis, Stuttin, Sulden, Sullandine, Sullivan, Summers, Summerset, Sumner, Sunderlin, Sutton, Swain, Swan*, Sweet, Sweetman, Sweetser*, Swett, 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- James F. Hunnewell, A Century of Town Life: A History of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1775-1887 (Boston, 1888), xiv, 316 pp.
This includes an historical sketch of the First Church and the records of admissions, baptisms, marriages, and deaths printed on pages 193 to 260.
Digital versions at Internet Archive and Google Books.
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL film 1294016 Item 1 (with digital link).
- Roger Thompson, From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1629-1692 (Boston, 2012), xxix, 593 pp.
WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
- Charlestown Wikipedia page.
The town's vital records are available in many locations:
- Boston Registry Division
1 City Hall Square Room 213
Boston MA 02201
- Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Vital records (1629-1873) and indexes (1725-1874), FHL film 740994 (first of 7); Index to births, 1829-1873; registered births, 1843-1873, FHL film 859617.
Manuscript index at Boston City Hall: Susan Blanchard Kidder, "Index of births ..., 1843 [i.e. 1829]-1873" (ms., n.d.), FHL film 859616 Item 3, "Index of deaths ..., 1843-1873" (ms., n.d.), FHL film 837884 Item 2, "Index of marriages ..., 1843-1873 [i.e. 1874]" (ms., n.d.), FHL film 859618 Item 2, "Index of marriage intentions ..., 1725-1873 [i.e. 1874]" (ms., n.d.), FHL film 859618 Item 4.
- Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records, 1629-1874, and church records, 1632-1889 [published First Church, 1632-1789, Second Congregational Church, 1817-1827, and Harvard Church, 1840-1889], on 258 fiche. NOT part of Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988 at Ancestry ($); Index.
Also available at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
- "Charlestown Archives, Births, Marriages, Deaths, and Intentions, 1629-1801" (Cambridge, Mass., 1980).
At the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
- Official state copy of vital records started in 1841. See the online guide for more information.
- Roger D. Joslyn, Vital Records of Charlestown, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1984, 1995), 2 v. in 3 pts.
These volumes are in a database at American Ancestors ($).
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.46/C2 V2j v. #.
Charlestown was published in 1831, 1834, 1836, 1838, 1840, 1842, 1845, 1848 (bus. & city), 1850 (bus.), 1852, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1860, 1862, 1864, 1866, 1868, 1870, 1872, 1874.
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.
- Ancestry ($) has all except 1850 (and their 1869 is another copy of 1870).
- Boston Public Library has all of them.
- Family History Library (Salt Lake City) has all (except 1862) on FHL fiche 6043764 (first of 41).
- fold3 ($) does not have Charlestown directories.
- Massachusetts State Library has all except 1831, 1836-1838, 1850.
- New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston) ($) has all except 1840, 1850, 1870.
Charlestown has only three cemeteries. To learn more about these cemeteries, and others nearby, see Boston Cemeteries.
- Bunker Hill Burying Ground, 1807. (A)
- Phipp's Street Burying Ground, 1638.
William R. J. Griffin, "Epitaphs on Old Burial Hill (Phipps Street Burial Ground), Charlestown, 1622 to 1952" (Charlestown, Mass., 1952), mss. ( leaves).
Available at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
"Old Burial Hill, Charlestown" (S.l., s.n.), mss. (215 leaves).
Available at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
"Charlestown Burying-Ground: Charlestown Chronicle Excerpts, Sept. 1873-Oct. 1873" (S.l., s.n.), mss. ( leaves).
Available at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
- Bunker Hill Catholic Cemetery, 1830.
Archdiocese of Boston Archives has the records of lot sales, 1834-1859, and burials, 1833-1890.
Marie E. Daly, "Inscriptions of the Bunker Hill Catholic Cemetery, Charlestown, Massachusetts" (mss.) covers the 155 inscriptions and some of the estimated 11,000 buried there (six people per grave site) through the use of burial, vital, census, city directory, probate, etc. records. Contact the Fourth Floor reference desk at the New England Historic Genealogical Society to learn more.
Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscripts Dept., Boston, Mass.
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. A brief history of the churches in Charlestown can be found in pdf or html.
"Records of marriages, baptisms and funerals, 1822-1875" from an unknown church in Charlestown by Rev. Arthur Caverno (1801-1876) who many have been Freewill Baptist (these records include 28 different churches), 1 v. (mss.). Available at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
- First Church, 1632, records good.
First Church records, 1631-1980, held at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Records also published, see listing under town histories and also microfiche under vital records.
Joseph Stevens (1682-1721) and Hull Abbot's "Memoranda book, 1682 [i.e. 1713]-1774" that includes baptisms (1713-1721, 1724-1732) and marriages (1714-1721, 1724-1774), mss. (86 p.) at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
William Ives Budington, The History of the First Church, Charlestown, in Nine Lectures, with Notes (Boston, 1845), 258 pp.
Digital versions at Internet Archiveand Hathi Trust.
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL film 1294016 Item 2 (with digital link).
Records of the First church in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1632-1789 (Boston, 1880), 168, xxvii pp.
Digital version at Google Books.
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL film 837130 Item 2.
- First Baptist Church, 1801, records good [location of records unknown, church extant in 1898].
- First Universalist Church, 1812, records good.
Records held by Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.
- Second Congregational Church (then New Church in Charlestown, 1818, then Harvard Unitarian Church, 1838), 1815-1902, records good.
Records also published, see listing under microfiche under vital records.
History of the Harvard Church in Charlestown, 1815-1879 (Boston, 1879), admissions from 1817 on pages 102 to 116.
Digital version at Internet Archive.
WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
Church records, 1817-1827, 1840-1889, on microfiche - see listing under vital records above.
Church records, 1817-1827, FHL film 856699 Item 4, 1840-1889, FHL film 856700 Item 2.
- High Street Methodist Episcopal Church (moved and renamed Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church in 1863), 1816-1924, records good from 1873 forward after fire (from 1889 survey).
For an old image of the church, see the Boston Public Library's flickr site.
High Street Methodist Episcopal Church records, 8v., 1819-1877, including baptisms, 1819-1840, marriages, 1837-1840, and membership, 1819-1867, at School of Theology Library, Boston University.
Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, records, 19v., 1854-1924, including baptisms, 1865-1875, 1880-1924, marriages, 1864-1924, and membership, 1865-1877, 1886-1924, at School of Theology Library, Boston University.
High Street Methodist Episcopal Church, membership records, ca. 1819-1841, FHL film 1508892 Item 18, baptisms, 1819-1840, marriages, 1839-1840, FHL film 1508892 Item 19, records, ca. 1820-1867, including baptisms, 1856-1863, marriages, 1859-1865, and membership, 1820-1867, FHL film 1508892 Items 20-21.
Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, records, 1861-1924, including baptisms, 1865-1875, 1880-1924, marriages, 1865-1877, 1886-1924, and membership, 1861-1924, FHL films 1508892 Items 25-27, film 1508945 Item 1.
- Puritan Church (Baptist), 1809-1823 (location of chapel records is not known).
- Saint Mary's Catholic Church (now St. Mary - St. Catherine of Siena after merger in 2006), 1828, records good.
- Winthrop [Congregational] Church, 1833, records good [merged with the First Church, 1913, and records included in the manuscript collection].
- Saint John's Protestant Episcopal Church (now St. John's Church), 1841, record condition unknown.
- High Street Baptist Church, 1844-1863, records good (location of records not given).
- Union Methodist Episcopal Church (changed to Monument Square Methodist Episcopal Church in 1874), 1847-1899, records good.
Union Methodist Epsicopal Church, records, 6v., 1847-1895, include baptisms, 1860-1884, marriages, 1865-1879, and membership, 1847-1883, at School of Theology, Boston University.
Monument Square Methodist Episcopal Church, records, 4v., 1881-1899, including baptisms, 1881-1899, marriages, 1889-1899, and membership, 1883-1898, at School of Theology, Boston University.
Records, 1847-1884, FHL film 1508945 Items 2-4, records, 1837-1899, including baptisms, 1881-1899, marriages, 1883-1899, and membership, 1837-1898, FHL film 1508892 Items 22-23.
- Bethesda Congregational Church (later called Bunker Hill Baptist Church), 1851-1910, records good.
Location of records is unknown.
Images of the church from Boston Public Library are online: photo 1 and photo 2.
- Saint Francis de Sales's Catholic Church, 1859, records good.
- Monroe Memorial Mission Church, 1878-1882, only rented halls.
Records, 1v., 1878-1882, at School of Theology Library, Boston University.
Church records, 1878-1882, FHL film 1508892 Item 24.
- St. Catherine of Siena, 1887-2008 [merged with St. Mary's Church in 2006, two years before this church closed].
- Beth Jacob (Jewish), 1907-1910.
- Filipino Baptist Mission, 1924 [moved to Boston in 1941].
- Salvation Army, 1919-1921.
- First Brazilian Baptist Church, 1994 [moved from Cambridge].
- All Nations Mission Church (Korean Baptist), n.d.
- First Church, 1632, records good.
City of Boston Archives and Records Management Division
201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury MA 02132
Link to the inventory.
These originals were microfilmed by the city. The guide to the microfilm is available in Government Documents and at the Microtext Reference Desk where the microfilm can be used.
- Overseers of the Poor records, ca. 1790s, at Boston Public Library's Special Collections.
- Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, v. 3 (1878), Charlestown land records, 1638-1802 (i.e. Book of Possessions).
Digital versions at Internet Archive and Google Books
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 H2b v. 3 (with digital link).
- Boston Public Library, Charlestown City Documents, 1801-1874 online collection.
This is a guide to online, digitized copies of published town and city documents on the internet for annual treasurer's reports, school committee reports, taxed persons (1844), city documents (committee reports), and Charlestown Land Records, 1638-1802.
- Town minutes, 1629-1847, and Book of possessions.
FHL film 478190-478200, 478454, 478560.
- Harry H. Edes, "Charlestown Town Records, 1658-1719," 2 reels (19-?).
At the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
- "Records of the Charles River Bridge," records, 1785-1842, 1 v. (288 p.).
Manuscript at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
- American Recorder and Charlestown Advertiser, 1785-1787.
- Franklin Monitor (name varied) or Bunker-Hill Sentinel (name varied), 1819-1820.
- Bunker-Hill Aurora (name varied), 1827-1870.
- Weekly Visitor, 1846.
- Charlestown Advertiser (name varied), 1851-1876.
- Charlestown Chronicle (name varied), 1868-1870.
- Bunker Hill Times (name varied), 1872-1895.
- Charlestown News, 1878-1886.
- Charlestown Enterprise (name varied), 1882-1920.
- Charlestown News, 1924-1942.
- Charlestown Patriot (name varied), 1958-2006.
- Charlestown Ledger, 1986-1990.
- Charlestown Bridge, 2004-2006.
- Charlestown Patriot-Bridge, 2006-present.
Libraries and Historical Societies
The following is a list of research facilities in town:
Boston Public Library - Charlestown Branch
179 Main Street
Charlestown MA 02129