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'''7 May 1662:''' Created from [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] lands. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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'''7 May 1662:''' Created from [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] lands<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref> from Middlesex County. As is common in large New England counties, the county had two county courthouses, Northampton in the north and Springfield in the south.<ref name="Brink3">Linda E. Brinkerhoff, "New England Research: A Matter of Jurisdiction," ''Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog'' (http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2009/11/19/new-england-research-new-strategies-that-work/ : accessed 30 November 2009), para. 3.</ref><br>  
  
 
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**[[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]] County 28 May 1760  
 
**[[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]] County 28 May 1760  
 
**[[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin]] County 24 June 1811  
 
**[[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin]] County 24 June 1811  
**[[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]] County 25 Feb 1812
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**[[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]] County 25 Feb 1812. Created from the southern part of Hampshire with Springfield as the county seat.<ref name="Brink3" /><br>
  
 
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Revision as of 19:35, 30 November 2009

United States > Massachusetts > Hampshire County
showing location of Hampshire County

County Courthouse

The legislature approved special charters to allow Hampshire and Hampshire counties to become regional councils of government.

History

Parent County

7 May 1662: Created from Massachusetts Bay Colony lands[1] from Middlesex County. As is common in large New England counties, the county had two county courthouses, Northampton in the north and Springfield in the south.[2]

Boundary Changes

  • Counties were set off: [1]
    • Worcester County 5 Apr 1731
    • Berkshire County 28 May 1760
    • Franklin County 24 June 1811
    • Hampden County 25 Feb 1812. Created from the southern part of Hampshire with Springfield as the county seat.[2]

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities:

Easthampton | Northampton

Towns

Amherst | Belchertown | Chesterfield | Cummington | Goshen | Granby | Hadley | Hatfield | Huntington | Middlefield | Pelham | Plainfield | South Hadley | Southampton | Ware | Westhampton | Williamsburg | Worthington

Neighboring Counties

Berkshire | Franklin | Hampden | Worcester

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

Gazetteers

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. 2.0 2.1 Linda E. Brinkerhoff, "New England Research: A Matter of Jurisdiction," Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog (http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2009/11/19/new-england-research-new-strategies-that-work/ : accessed 30 November 2009), para. 3.