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The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
Telephone: 617–727–2816
Internet: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm

Its online searchable collections include:

National Archives—New England Region (Boston)
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452-6399
Phone: 781-663-0130
Fax: 781-663-0154
E-mail: waltham.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/

National Archives—Northeast Region (Pittsfield)
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201-8230
Telephone: 413-236-3600
Fax: 413-236-3609
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/northeast/pittsfield/

Massachusetts Historical Society Library
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: 617–536–1608
Fax: 617–859–0074
E-mail: library@masshist.org
Internet: http://www.masshist.org/library/

Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Salem, MA 01970-3783 USA
Phone: 978-745-9500, 866-745-1876
For the Hearing Impaired: 978-740-3649

State Library of Massachusetts
State House, Room 341
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617–727–2590
Fax: 617–727–5819

New England Historic Genealogical Society

101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 617–536–5740
Fax: 617–536–7307
Internet: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/

Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 617–536–5400
Fax: 617–536–4306
E-mail: info@bpl.org
Internet: http://www.bpl.org/

Two important inventories of Massachusetts records are:

Historical Records Survey. Preliminary Edition of Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in Massachusetts. Boston, Massachusetts: Historical Records Survey, 1939. (Family History Library book 974.4 A2hg.) This work lists major manuscript collections and their locations.

Wright, Carroll D. Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties. Boston, Massachusetts: Wright and Potter, 1889. (Family History Library book 974.4 A3cr; film 865449 item 2; fiche 6046869.) Gives a brief description of the town records that existed in 1889 and which may still be available.

Web Sites

Look for computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Massachusetts in local, state, national, and international sources. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:

US GenWeb

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and nation.


A quality list of sites and resources that includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.


The Family History Library and Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources. It is also online at www.FamilySearch.org.