Essex County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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County Courthouse

  • In 1997, the county governments of Essex, Berkshire, Hampden, Middlesex 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

  • Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
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    • Essex initially contained Salem, Lynn Wenham, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Gloucester and Andover. 

    Boundary Changes

    Record Loss

    Places / Localities

    Populated Places

    Beverly, Haverhill, Lawrence, Salem, Andover, more ...

    Neighboring Counties

    Middlesex | Suffolk | Rockingham County, New Hampshire

    Resources

    Cemeteries

    Census

    State Census

    1855 Massachusetts State Census—A free Internet index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search. 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 the FamilySearch Record Search – Pilot Site. 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

    Emigration

    Vessels sailing from Salem, Massachusetts between 1799 and 1879 made over 7900 voyages to foreign ports. A Crew List was required to be filed stating the vessel's destination and its crew. An Index to those Lists, containing 75,770 names,  may be found at http://library.mysticseaport.org/initiative/CrIndex.cfm. The Index may provide the following information:

    • Name
    • Age
    • Birth Place
    • Residence
    • Complexion
    • Voyage (Name of ship and date)

    Gazetteers

    Land

    Local Histories

    Maps

    Military

    Newspapers

    Probate

    Taxation

    Vital Records

    Societies and Libraries

    Web Sites

    References

    1. 2. William T. Davis, Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts: The Boston History Company, 1895) p44