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Guide to '''Massachusetts ancestry, family history, and genealogy '''birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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==Massachusetts Information==
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. Massachusetts was created from Province of Massachusetts Bay and is located in the New England region of the United States.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Massachusetts" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts (accessed 15 March 2016).</ref> It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the [http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h572.html Massachusetts Bay Colony] in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. Massachusetts has 14 counties. <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_admission_to_the_Union, accessed 09/18/2016.</ref>
  
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}}<div style="padding-left: 1px; float: left; width: 74%"><center>''[[United States|United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Massachusetts]]''</center><br> <center>For a detailed research guide for Massachusetts,<br>see the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|'''Massachusetts Genealogy Guide''']] page.</center><br>
 
{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to the Massachusetts page,<br>the Bay State{{/p}}[[Image:{{MayfPilgPic}}]]'''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
 
 
 
*[[New England Historic Genealogical Society|New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)]]
 
*Published [[Massachusetts Vital Records|BMDs of 215 towns to 1850]]
 
*Large number of [[Massachusetts Genealogy|family histories]]
 
*[[Massachusetts Genealogy#Mayflower_Genealogies|Mayflower]], &amp; [[Massachusetts Emigration and Immigration|Great Migration]] records
 
*[[Massachusetts Church Records#Congregational|Congregational Church]] records
 
*[[Massachusetts Town Records|Warnings out]] town records
 
 
 
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== Counties  ==
 
 
 
For a list of the cities and towns of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the dates of when they were settled, when incorporated as a town and, if applicable, when incorporated as a city, as well as the county in which there are located, see [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisctlist/ctlistalph.htm Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates].
 
 
 
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*[[Barnstable County, Massachusetts|Barnstable]]  
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<h3>Getting Started with Massachusetts Research</h3>
*[[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]]  
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Links to articles on getting started with Massachusetts research.
*[[Bristol County, Massachusetts|Bristol]]
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*[[Step-by-Step Massachusetts Research, 1880-Present]]
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*[[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts Genealogy Guide]]
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*[[How to Find Massachusetts Birth Records|How to Find Birth Records]]
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*[[How to Find Massachusetts Marriage Records|How to Find Marriage Records]]
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*[[How to Find Massachusetts Death Records|How to Find Death Records]]
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*[[Massachusetts Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
  
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*[[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes]]  
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<h3>Massachusetts Research Tools</h3>
*[[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex]]  
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Links to articles and websites that assist in Massachusetts research.
*[[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/massachusetts/ Boundary Changes for Massachusetts Counties]  
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*[[Massachusetts Archives and Libraries|Massachusetts Archives and Libraries]]
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*[http://magenweb.org/index.html MAGenWeb]
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*[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic Geographical Names Information System] - U.S. gazetteer of places, cemeteries and post offices in Massachusetts .
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|}{{Click|Image:MA_ORP.png|Massachusetts Online Genealogy Records}} [[File:Ask the Community Button New Version.jpg|link=FamilySearch Genealogy Research Groups on Facebook]]
  
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== Massachusetts Clickable Map==
*[[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]]
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Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States.  Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.
*[[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire]]
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*[[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex]]
 
  
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*[[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket]]  
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==Counties==
*[[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]]  
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*[[Barnstable County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Barnstable]]
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*[[Berkshire County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Berkshire]]
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*[[Bristol County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Bristol]]
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*[[Dukes County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Dukes]]
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*[[Essex County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Essex]]
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*[[Franklin County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Franklin]]
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*[[Hampden County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Hampden]]
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*[[Hampshire County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Hampshire]]
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*[[Middlesex County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Middlesex]]
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*[[Nantucket County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Nantucket]]  
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*[[Norfolk County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Norfolk]]  
 
*[[Plymouth County Massachusetts genealogy|Plymouth]]
 
*[[Plymouth County Massachusetts genealogy|Plymouth]]
 
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*[[Suffolk County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Suffolk]]  
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*[[Worcester County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Worcester]]
*[[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]]  
 
*[[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]]
 
 
 
 
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'''Click''' on the map below to go to a county page. '''Hover''' over a county to see its name. {{MACounties2Map}}<br>
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'''Obsolete Jurisdictions of Massachusetts:&nbsp;''' [[Cornwall County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Cornwall (ME)]] {{·}} [[Devonshire County, Maine Genealogy|Devonshire (ME)]] {{·}} [[Dominion of New England]] {{·}} [[Dukes County, New York Genealogy|Dukes (NY)]] {{·}} [[Maine Genealogy|Maine]] {{·}} [[Massachusetts Bay Colony]] {{·}} [[New Hampshire Genealogy|New Hampshire]] {{·}} [[New Netherland]] {{·}} [[Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Norfolk (old)]] {{·}} [[Plymouth Colony]] {{·}} [[Yorkshire County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Yorkshire (ME)]]  
</div><div style="float: left; width: 100%">'''Obsolete Jurisdictions of Massachusetts:&nbsp;''' [[Cornwall County, Massachusetts|Cornwall (ME)]] {{·}} [[Devonshire County, Maine|Devonshire (ME)]] {{·}} [[Dominion of New England]] {{·}} [[Dukes County, New York|Dukes (NY)]] {{·}} [[Maine]] {{·}} [[Massachusetts Bay Colony]] {{·}} [[New Hampshire]] {{·}} [[New Netherland]] {{·}} [[Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts|Norfolk (old)]] {{·}} [[Plymouth Colony]] {{·}} [[Yorkshire County, Massachusetts|Yorkshire (ME)]]  
 
=== Major Repositories  ===
 
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{{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|New England Historic Genealogical Society}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|American Antiquarian Society}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Massachusetts State Archives}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Massachusetts Historical Society}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|State Library of Massachusetts}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Berkshire Athenaeum}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Boston Public Library}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Dedham Historical Society Library}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Haverhill Public Library}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Houghton Library}} Harvard University{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Jones Library}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Onondaga Historical Association Library}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Peabody Essex Museum}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Plymouth Public Library}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Springfield History Library and Archives}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|University of Massachusetts Amherst Library}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Vermont Historical Society}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Weston Massachusetts Family History Center}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Pittsfield Federal Records Center}}{{·}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|New York Public Library}}}}
 
  
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== Massachusetts Migration Routes  ==
  
=== Migration Routes  ===
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[[Bay Road]]{{·}} [[Catskill Road]]{{·}} [[Coastal Path]]{{·}} [[Greenwood Road]]{{·}} [[Kennebunk Road]]{{·}} [[King's Highway]] or Boston Post Road{{·}} [[Massachusetts Turnpike]]{{·}} [[Mohawk Trail]]{{·}} [[Old Connecticut Path]]{{·}} [[Old Roebuck Road]]{{·}} [[Connecticut River]]{{·}} [[Atlantic Coast Ports]] <br><br>[[Image:Massachusetts.png|right|200px|Massachusetts.png]]
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*[[Catskill Road]]
 
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*[[Coast Path]]
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the [http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h572.html Massachusetts Bay Colony] in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. For more information about the history of Massachusetts, see the [[Massachusetts History]] article.
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*[[Greenwood Road]]
 
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*[[Kennebunk Road]]
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*[[King's Highway]]  
*The [http://magenweb.org/ Massachusetts GenWeb Project] provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
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*[[Boston Post Road]]
*[http://www.masslandrecords.com/malr/index.htm Massachusetts Land Records] provides access to indexes and search tools to find recorded records. Some counties have records, with images, available back to 1900.
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*[[Massachusetts Turnpike]]
*[[Massachusetts County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|County Creation Dates and Divisions]] showing dates they were created or renamed and counties created from older counties.
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*[[Mohawk Trail]]
 
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*[[Connecticut River]]
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*[[Massachusetts Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==FamilySearch Resources==
*[[Massachusetts Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.<br>
*[[Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
*[[Massachusetts Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetta Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
*[[Massachusetts Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/52?region=United+States+of+America&englishRegion=United+States+of+America Historical Records] - databases and record images on FamilySearch  
*[[Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=Massachusetts Family History Center locator map]
*[[Massachusetts 1855 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts 1855 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts 1865 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts 1865 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Massachusetts, Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts, Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Massachusetts Springfield Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Springfield Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Massachusetts, State Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts, State Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
[[Image:Massachusetts flag.png|right|180px|Massachusetts flag.png]]  
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== Additional Resources ==
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ma/ Cyndi's List] - Massachusetts genealogy sites on the internet
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/massachusetts-genealogy Access Genealogy] – Genealogy guide for Massachusetts
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/massachusetts-genealogy.htm Ancestorhunt.com] - resources for Massachusetts genealogy research
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*[http://www.raogk.org/massachusetts-genealogy/ Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] - Guide to Ancestry and Family Tree Records for Massachusetts  
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/US/Massachusetts.pdf Massachusetts Research Outline] – Original Family History Library research outline; contains many out of date links
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*[http://www.everynameindex.com/index.html Every Name Index]
  
=== Obtain additional help  ===
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=== References ===
  
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/gethelp Call or chat with an experienced researcher]&nbsp;
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*[https://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsGenealogyResearch?fref=ts Join a Facebook Group]&nbsp;
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*[[Professional Genealogists who specialize in Massachusetts Research|Consult a Professional Genealogist]]
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=== Help with the Massachusetts Wiki pages ===
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United States
Massachusetts
Massachusetts Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Massachusetts Background
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Local Research Resources
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The FamilySearch moderator for Massachusetts is Lee Drew.

Guide to Massachusetts ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Massachusetts Information

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. Massachusetts was created from Province of Massachusetts Bay and is located in the New England region of the United States.[1] It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. Massachusetts has 14 counties. [2]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Massachusetts Research

Links to articles on getting started with Massachusetts research.

Massachusetts Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Massachusetts research.

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Massachusetts Clickable Map

Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

Berkshire CountyHampden CountyHampshire CountyFranklin CountyWorcester CountyMiddlesex CountyEssex CountySuffolk CountyNorfolk CountyBristol CountyPlymouth CountyBarnstable CountyDukes CountyNantucket CountyMassachusetts-county-map.gif


Counties

Obsolete Jurisdictions of Massachusetts:  Cornwall (ME)  · Devonshire (ME)  · Dominion of New England  · Dukes (NY)  · Maine  · Massachusetts Bay Colony  · New Hampshire  · New Netherland  · Norfolk (old)  · Plymouth Colony  · Yorkshire (ME)

Massachusetts Migration Routes

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

Additional Resources

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Massachusetts" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts (accessed 15 March 2016).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_admission_to_the_Union, accessed 09/18/2016.