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''[[United States]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Massachusetts'''<br>  
 
''[[United States]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Massachusetts'''<br>  
  
This is a genealogical and historical guide to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its state-level records. You will find help with state vital records, histories, church archives, newspaper collections, genealogical libraries, understanding the court system, military records, and immigration and naturalization records.<br>  
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This is a genealogical and historical guide to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its state-level records. You will find help with state vital records, histories, church archives, newspaper collections, genealogical libraries, understanding the court system, military records, and immigration and naturalization records.<br><br> {{MACountiesMap}}__TOC__
  
 
== Massachusetts History  ==
 
== Massachusetts History  ==
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is divided into fourteen counties. It is there that most court and land records are found. The most of the other commonly used records will be at the town level. Use the guide below to link to the county you want:<br>  
 
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is divided into fourteen counties. It is there that most court and land records are found. The most of the other commonly used records will be at the town level. Use the guide below to link to the county you want:<br>  
<center>[[Barnstable County, Massachusetts|Barnstable (1685)]] - [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire (1761)]] - [[Bristol County, Massachusetts|Bristol (1685)]]<br>[[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes (1683/1695)]] - [[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex (1643)]] - [[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin (1811)]]<br>[[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden (1812)]] - [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire (1662)]] - [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex (1643)]]<br>[[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket (1695)]] - [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk (1793)]] - [[Plymouth County Massachusetts genealogy|Plymouth (1685)]]<br>[[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk (1643)]] - [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester (1731)]] </center><br>  
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<center>[[Barnstable County, Massachusetts|Barnstable (1685)]] - [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire (1761)]] - [[Bristol County, Massachusetts|Bristol (1685)]]<br>[[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes (1683/1695)]] - [[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex (1643)]] - [[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin (1811)]]<br>[[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden (1812)]] - [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire (1662)]] - [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex (1643)]]<br>[[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket (1695)]] - [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk (1793)]] - [[Plymouth County Massachusetts genealogy|Plymouth (1685)]]<br>[[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk (1643)]] - [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester (1731)]] </center>  
Massachusetts was created from two colonies in 1691. So records before that time would be part of:<br>  
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<br> Massachusetts was created from two colonies in 1691. So records before that time would be part of:<br>  
<center>[[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629)]] - [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony (1620)]] </center><br>  
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<center>[[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629)]] - [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony (1620)]] </center>  
Other extinct jurisdictions:<br>  
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<br> Other extinct jurisdictions:<br>  
  
 
*[[Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts|Old Norfolk]], 1643-1680, which was all that north of the Merrimack River and south of the Piscataqua River being then the settled part of what became the royal province of New Hampshire in 1680 (except for roughly two to three miles above the Merrimack River).<br>  
 
*[[Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts|Old Norfolk]], 1643-1680, which was all that north of the Merrimack River and south of the Piscataqua River being then the settled part of what became the royal province of New Hampshire in 1680 (except for roughly two to three miles above the Merrimack River).<br>  
 
*[[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]], 1686-1689, a brief consolidation of several British Colonies into one that was very unpopular and it collapsed.<br>  
 
*[[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]], 1686-1689, a brief consolidation of several British Colonies into one that was very unpopular and it collapsed.<br>  
 
*[[Maine|Maine]], records for this region called the District of Maine with counties of its own will all be found under Maine. Only high court and legislative records will be found under their Massachusetts headings.<br>
 
*[[Maine|Maine]], records for this region called the District of Maine with counties of its own will all be found under Maine. Only high court and legislative records will be found under their Massachusetts headings.<br>
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Non-town names:<br>
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This is a list of archaic community, district, neighborhood section, and village names in Massachusetts that will not have a page on this wiki but are important to know their location.
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*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisuno/unoidx.htm Secretary of the Commonwealth's Archaic Names List].<br>
  
 
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This is a lengthy and detailed list of books and articles relating to general topics for Massachusetts. The focus was on books published before 1995, so newer books are welcome additions to this list. The bibliography is divided into several topical groups plus a general section.<br>  
 
This is a lengthy and detailed list of books and articles relating to general topics for Massachusetts. The focus was on books published before 1995, so newer books are welcome additions to this list. The bibliography is divided into several topical groups plus a general section.<br>  
  
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[http://www.fold3.com/ '''fold3.com ($)''']  
 
[http://www.fold3.com/ '''fold3.com ($)''']  
  
This site has the [http://www.fold3.com/title_92/massachusetts_vital_records_index_18411895/ statewide vital records index, 1841-1895] that is searchable, but also browsable in its original form: separate birth, marriage, and death with separate indexes for each five-year period.  
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This site has the [http://www.fold3.com/title_92/massachusetts_vital_records_index_18411895/ statewide vital records index, 1841-1895] that is searchable, but also browsable in its original form: separate birth, marriage, and death with separate indexes for each five-year period.<br>
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'''Ancestry''' has the following Massachusetts Vital Record Indexes:<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5062 Mass. Birth Index, 1840-1915] ($) [''the NEHGS index''].<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2511 Mass. Marriage Index, 1840-1915] ($) [''the NEHGS index''].<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2101 Mass. Death Index, 1841-1915] ($) [''the NEHGS index''].<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3928 Mass. Birth Index, 1901-1960, 1967-1970] ($).<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2966 Mass. Marriage Index, 1901-1955, 1966-1970] ($).<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3659 Mass. Death Index, 1901-1980] ($).<br>
 
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Every five years, another block of five years is transferred to the State Archives and at the same time is made available through the New England Historic Genealogical Society and to the Family History Library. This office restricts access only by the fact that they are the only ones with the records. These records are open to the public. The original town copies are always open to the public.<br>  
 
Every five years, another block of five years is transferred to the State Archives and at the same time is made available through the New England Historic Genealogical Society and to the Family History Library. This office restricts access only by the fact that they are the only ones with the records. These records are open to the public. The original town copies are always open to the public.<br>  
  
Ancestry.com has the following index only:  
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Ancestry has the following Massachusetts Vital Record Indexes:<br>
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7457 Death Index, 1970-2003] ($)<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3928 Mass. Birth Index, 1901-1960, 1967-1970] ($).<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2966 Mass. Marriage Index, 1901-1955, 1966-1970] ($).<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3659 Mass. Death Index, 1901-1980] ($).<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7457 Death Index, 1970-2003] ($).<br>
 
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=== Land Records  ===
 
=== Land Records  ===
  
The earliest settlers in this region were issued patents or charters directly or through various types of companies established for settlement and/or trade. See the [[#Historical_Data|Historical Data]] table to identify these early documents. Once the two major colonies were settled (i.e. [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]] and [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]]), land was distributed by their colonial governments through grants. [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] established a county system in 1643 and land was recorded in the county deeds from then on. [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]] used a centralized system and recorded these deeds colony-wide from 1620 to 1685 until it finally established a county system in 1685. The land records for the area now called [[Maine|Maine]] were always kept separately first entirely as was later was called York County. For each of these areas, land was granted for many years after the initial settlement as the colony expanded into uncharted territory given to it under the various patents and charters. All subsequent sales were recorded by the county. Though the vast majority of land transactions were recorded, it was not a requirement that this be done. It was in the best interest of the owner to do so, and legal advantages were given to such recordings. To search for land records, see the guide for the [[#Counties|county]] of interest and use the resources found there<br>  
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The earliest settlers in this region were issued patents or charters directly or through various types of companies established for settlement and/or trade. See the [[#Historical_Data|Historical Data]] table to identify these early documents. Once the two major colonies were settled (i.e. [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]] and [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]]), land was distributed by their colonial governments through grants. [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] established a county system in 1643 and land was recorded in the county deeds from then on. [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]] used a centralized system and recorded these deeds colony-wide from 1620 to 1685 until it finally established a county system in 1685. The land records for the area now called [[Maine|Maine]] were always kept separately first entirely as was later was called York County. For each of these areas, land was granted for many years after the initial settlement as the colony expanded into uncharted territory given to it under the various patents and charters. All subsequent sales were recorded by the county. Though the vast majority of land transactions were recorded, it was not a requirement that this be done. It was in the best interest of the owner to do so, and legal advantages were given to such recordings. To search for land records, see the guide for the [[#Counties|county]] of interest and use the resources found there.<br><br>For counties with online records, the "recorded land" is what is microfilmed and constitutes the majority of the records. There are "registered land" deeds that go through land court. These are deeds are court approved as having clear title (i.e. no encumbrances). It you do not find anything in the first section, always search registered land for deeds since 1899.<br>  
  
 
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This is the history of the court system. It is broken up into historical periods and then a discussion of special courts, records, legal definitions, and bibliography. Realize that except for the upper courts, all records and actions were on the county level. To find detailed information regarding a particular county's courts, see that county page from the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Counties|links provided above]].  
 
This is the history of the court system. It is broken up into historical periods and then a discussion of special courts, records, legal definitions, and bibliography. Realize that except for the upper courts, all records and actions were on the county level. To find detailed information regarding a particular county's courts, see that county page from the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Counties|links provided above]].  
  
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=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
  
This section is focused on statewide, non-Federal census. Though many types of substitute records exist, only censuses will be addressed here.<br><br>The first census was taken in 1765. It enumerated statistically the number of houses, families, and people who were categorized under white males, white females (each with the number above and below age 16), Negro and Mulatto, Indians (each with the number of males and females), and French Neutrals (male and female, both above and below age 16). The town tallies were published at the end of Benton's book listed below.<br><br>The Provincial Congress needing to raise funds in 1775 determined it should be done by the population of the colonies. By an act on 16 Feb. 1776, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered a census to be taken to include the name of the heads of each family, number of white people, number of Negroes and Mulattoes, and the whole number within each family. These returned were to be submitted by each town.<br><br>The Congress again wanted an enumeration in 1781, but that resulted in creating estimates based on the current polls at the time. The Congress requested another census on 17 Feb. 1783 and Massachusetts responded in 1784 for an "accurate account of the quantity of land within this Commonwealth granted to, or surveyed for, any person, the number of buildings thereon, and of its inhabitants." Returns by town were to be made to the Secretary of the Commonwealth as of 1 Sept. 1784.<br><br>Massachusetts took two censuses in 1837 - one of inhabitants and the other of ratable polls. In 1840, the Commonwealth elected to take their own census along with the one the Federal government was doing. The state count was roughly 20,000 less than the Federal tally for 1840 and 1850. The Commonwealth started its own decennial census in 1855 and these continued through 1975. The only surviving schedules are for 1855 and 1865, and returns for 1915. The Legislature decided to change the basis of representation in the state from inhabitants to legal voters in 1857. At the same time, they repealed the duplicate state census they conducted along side the Federal census. The provision for legal voters was repealed in 1860 and that tally was done in conjunction with the decennial censuses of the state on the fifth year.<br><br>For 1855, the census recorded every person by name in the household, age, sex, color, occupation, place of birth, and whether a person was deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict. Enumerators is twenty-two (22) towns listed the exact place of birth. These towns are:<br>Abington, Andover, Brimfield, Brookline, Carlisle, Dennis, Enfield, Harwich, Holland, Ipswich, Marshfield, New Ashford, North Attleboro, Pembroke, Provinctown, Shutesbury, Wayland, Wellfleet, Westport, Wilmington, and Yarmouth.<br>'''These records are available online at FamilySearch as {{RecordSearch|1459985|Massachusetts, State Census, 1855}}'''.<br><br>For 1865, the census recorded every person by name in the household, age, sex, color, place of birth, marital status, occupation, whether a person was deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict, and whether a man was a ratable poll (i.e. over 16 with enough property to be taxed), and a legal voter or a naturalized voter. Enumerators is ninety-six (96) towns listed the exact place of birth. These towns are:<br>Ashburnham, Ashfield, Bedford, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Brimfield, Brookline, Carlisle, Charlestown, Chatham, Cheshire, Chester, Cummington, Dartmouth, Dennis, Dorchester, Dunstable, Edgartown, Essex, Falmouth, Florida, Foxborough, Framingham, Freetown, Gill, Gosnold, Grafton, Greenwich, Groton, Hadley, Halifax, Hancock, Harwich, Hawley, Holland, Hopkinton, Ipswich, Lee, Leicester, Lenox, Lexington, Leyden, Littleton, Lunenburg, Lynn (Wds. 3-5), Lynnfield, Marlborough, Marshfield, Melrose, Middleton, Milton, Monroe, Monson, Monterey, Needham, New Ashford, New Bedford (Wd. 4), New Salem, North Bridgewater [''now Brockton''], North Reading, Northfield, Palmer, Pepperell, Quincy, Reading, Rehoboth, Rochester, Rockport, Russell, Scituate, Sharon, Sherborn, Shutesbury, Somerset, South Danvers [''now Peabody''], Stoughton, Sutton, Swampscott, Tisbury, Uxbridge, Ware, Wareham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellfleet, Wendell, Westborough, Westford, Westminister, Weymouth, Williamsburg, Wilmington, Winthrop, and Yarmouth.<br>'''These records are available online at FamilySearch as {{RecordSearch|1410399|Massachusetts, State Census, 1865}}'''.<br><br>This is a short bibliography on the subject of censuses in Massachusetts:<br>  
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==== State Census  ====
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The first census was taken in 1765. It enumerated statistically the number of houses, families, and people who were categorized under white males, white females (each with the number above and below age 16), Negro and Mulatto, Indians (each with the number of males and females), and French Neutrals (male and female, both above and below age 16). The town tallies were published at the end of Benton's book listed below.<br><br>The Provincial Congress needing to raise funds in 1775 determined it should be done by the population of the colonies. By an act on 16 Feb. 1776, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered a census to be taken to include the name of the heads of each family, number of white people, number of Negroes and Mulattoes, and the whole number within each family. These returned were to be submitted by each town.<br><br>The Congress again wanted an enumeration in 1781, but that resulted in creating estimates based on the current polls at the time. The Congress requested another census on 17 Feb. 1783 and Massachusetts responded in 1784 for an "accurate account of the quantity of land within this Commonwealth granted to, or surveyed for, any person, the number of buildings thereon, and of its inhabitants." Returns by town were to be made to the Secretary of the Commonwealth as of 1 Sept. 1784.<br><br>Massachusetts took two censuses in 1837 - one of inhabitants and the other of ratable polls. In 1840, the Commonwealth elected to take their own census along with the one the Federal government was doing. The state count was roughly 20,000 less than the Federal tally for 1840 and 1850. The Commonwealth started its own decennial census in 1855 and these continued through 1975. The only surviving schedules are for 1855 and 1865, and returns for 1915. The Legislature decided to change the basis of representation in the state from inhabitants to legal voters in 1857. At the same time, they repealed the duplicate state census they conducted along side the Federal census. The provision for legal voters was repealed in 1860 and that tally was done in conjunction with the decennial censuses of the state on the fifth year.<br><br>For 1855, the census recorded every person by name in the household, age, sex, color, occupation, place of birth, and whether a person was deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict. Enumerators in twenty-two (22) towns listed the exact place of birth. These towns are:<br>Abington, Andover, Brimfield, Brookline, Carlisle, Dennis, Enfield, Harwich, Holland, Ipswich, Marshfield, New Ashford, North Attleboro, Pembroke, Provinctown, Shutesbury, Wayland, Wellfleet, Westport, Wilmington, and Yarmouth.<br>'''These records are available online at FamilySearch as {{RecordSearch|1459985|Massachusetts, State Census, 1855}}'''.<br><br>For 1865, the census recorded every person by name in the household, age, sex, color, place of birth, marital status, occupation, whether a person was deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict, and whether a man was a ratable poll (i.e. over 16 with enough property to be taxed), and a legal voter or a naturalized voter. Enumerators in ninety-six (96) towns listed the exact place of birth. These towns are:<br>Ashburnham, Ashfield, Bedford, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Brimfield, Brookline, Carlisle, Charlestown, Chatham, Cheshire, Chester, Cummington, Dartmouth, Dennis, Dorchester, Dunstable, Edgartown, Essex, Falmouth, Florida, Foxborough, Framingham, Freetown, Gill, Gosnold, Grafton, Greenwich, Groton, Hadley, Halifax, Hancock, Harwich, Hawley, Holland, Hopkinton, Ipswich, Lee, Leicester, Lenox, Lexington, Leyden, Littleton, Lunenburg, Lynn (Wds. 3-5), Lynnfield, Marlborough, Marshfield, Melrose, Middleton, Milton, Monroe, Monson, Monterey, Needham, New Ashford, New Bedford (Wd. 4), New Salem, North Bridgewater [''now Brockton''], North Reading, Northfield, Palmer, Pepperell, Quincy, Reading, Rehoboth, Rochester, Rockport, Russell, Scituate, Sharon, Sherborn, Shutesbury, Somerset, South Danvers [''now Peabody''], Stoughton, Sutton, Swampscott, Tisbury, Uxbridge, Ware, Wareham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellfleet, Wendell, Westborough, Westford, Westminister, Weymouth, Williamsburg, Wilmington, Winthrop, and Yarmouth.<br>'''These records are available online at FamilySearch as {{RecordSearch|1410399|Massachusetts, State Census, 1865}}'''.<br><br>This is a short bibliography on the subject of censuses in Massachusetts:<br>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | '''1895'''
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| align="left" | '''1865''' May 1
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| align="left" | '''1837''' May 1
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'''Bibliography'''<br>  
  
 
*Josiah Henry Benton, ''Early Census Making in Massachusetts, 1643-1765, with a reproduction of the lost census of 1765 (recently found) and documents relating thereto'' (Boston, 1905), 104 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/earlycensusmaki00bentgoog Internet Archive] or [http://books.google.com/books?id=fSlXZijctyMC Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2100989 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
 
*Josiah Henry Benton, ''Early Census Making in Massachusetts, 1643-1765, with a reproduction of the lost census of 1765 (recently found) and documents relating thereto'' (Boston, 1905), 104 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/earlycensusmaki00bentgoog Internet Archive] or [http://books.google.com/books?id=fSlXZijctyMC Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2100989 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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*Ann Smith Lainhart, ''1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses For ...'' (Boston, 1986-1992), in 64 volumes for the seventy-three (73) towns of Acton, Bedford, Billerica, Boxboro, Boxford, Bradford, Bridgewater, Brighton, Burlington, Charlestown (2v.), Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Essex, Georgetown, Groton, Groveland, Halifax, Hamilton, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hull, Ipswich, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marlborough, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Medford, Melrose, Middleborough, Middleton, Nahant, Natick, Newbury, North Andover, North Bridgewater [''now Brockton''], Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, Rockport, Saugus, South Reading [''now Wakefield''], Sherborn, Shirley, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Wareham, Watertown, Wayland, Wenham, West Bridgewater, West Cambridge [''now Arlington''], West Newbury, Westford, Weston, Wilmington, and Winchester.<br>  
 
*Ann Smith Lainhart, ''1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses For ...'' (Boston, 1986-1992), in 64 volumes for the seventy-three (73) towns of Acton, Bedford, Billerica, Boxboro, Boxford, Bradford, Bridgewater, Brighton, Burlington, Charlestown (2v.), Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Essex, Georgetown, Groton, Groveland, Halifax, Hamilton, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hull, Ipswich, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marlborough, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Medford, Melrose, Middleborough, Middleton, Nahant, Natick, Newbury, North Andover, North Bridgewater [''now Brockton''], Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, Rockport, Saugus, South Reading [''now Wakefield''], Sherborn, Shirley, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Wareham, Watertown, Wayland, Wenham, West Bridgewater, West Cambridge [''now Arlington''], West Newbury, Westford, Weston, Wilmington, and Winchester.<br>  
 
*"Old Census of Massachusetts" [''1764-65''] published in the ''Columbian Centinel'', issue 17 Aug. 1822, p. 1, cols. 2-3.<br>
 
*"Old Census of Massachusetts" [''1764-65''] published in the ''Columbian Centinel'', issue 17 Aug. 1822, p. 1, cols. 2-3.<br>
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=== Churches ===
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==== Federal Census ====
  
Information regarding specific churches is best found on the town pages. This guide will list demoninational archives followed by a bibliography of histories of the various churches in Massachusetts.<br>
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="90" | '''Massachusetts: Existing and Lost Federal Census Schedules'''<ref>Anne Bruner Eales, and Robert M Kvasnicka, ed., ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44420788 Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States, 3d ed.]'' (Washington, D.C., 2000), 34, 44-45.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/16509993 Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920]'' (Baltimore, 1987), 60-68.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;William Dollarhide, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/41640325 The Census Book: A Genealogists Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes]'' (Bountiful, Utah, 1999), 111. </ref>
 
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| width="90" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" | '''Exact Date'''
! width="250" scope="col" | Archive
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" | '''Population Schedules'''
! width="500" scope="col" | Description
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" | '''Veterans/ Pensioners'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" | '''Slave Owners'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" | '''Mortality'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" | '''Agricultural'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" | '''Industrial/ Manufacturers'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" | '''Defective'''
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| width="9%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" | '''Indian'''<ref>Only for Indian schedules taken along with Federal population schedules. </ref>
 
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| Baptist
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| align="left" | '''1940''' Apr. 1
| <center>Andover Newton Theological School<br>210 Herrick Rd.<br>Newton Centre MA 02459<br>617-964-1100<br>[http://www.ants.edu/ website]</center>
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| align="center" | Exist
| The [http://www.ants.edu/library/ Franklin Trask Library] hold several dozen local area church records of now defunct churches.
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| Congregational
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | '''1930''' Apr. 1
| <center>The Congregational Library<br>14 Beacon St.<br>Boston MA 02108<br>617-523-0470<br>[http://www.congregationallibrary.org/home website]</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
| This library has a wealth of books on Congregationalism and there are [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg-index online guides] to finding aids for manuscript collections.
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| Episcopal
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| align="left" | '''1920''' Jan. 1
| <center>Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts<br>138 Tremont St.<br>Boston MA 02111<br>617-482-5800<br>[http://www.diomass.org/ website]</center>
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| align="center" | Exist
| The [http://www.diomass.org/content/archives Archives] does not maintain a list of records they hold, but consult the guide to their holdings in the bibliography below.
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| align="center" | -
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| Episcopal
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | '''1910''' Apr. 15
| <center>Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts<br>37 Chestnut St.<br>Springfield MA 01103<br>413-737-4786<br>[http://www.diocesewma.org/ website]</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
| This [http://www.diocesewma.org/about-us/archives Archives] has an [http://www.diocesewma.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/INVENTORIES-SUMMARY-pdf.pdf online guide] (pdf file) that shows the few church records they hold.
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
 
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| Jewish
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| align="left" | '''1900''' June 1
| <center>American Jewish Historical Society<br>99-101 Newbury St.<br>Boston MA 02116<br>617-226-1245<br>[http://www.ajhs.org/ website]</center>
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| align="center" | Exist
| This library is within the New England Historic Genealogical Society, but maintains their own reference desk and collections. Their [http://ajhs.org/collections/newfindingaids.cfm manuscript holdings] are online.
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | Exist
 
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| Lutheran
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | '''1890''' June 2
| <center>The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia<br>7301 Germantown Ave.<br>Philadelphia PA 19119<br>215-248-6383<br>[http://ltsp.edu/ website]</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | '''Lost'''
| The [http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia] holds the records of defunct churches and other records given to them, but there is no inventory of them online.
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
 
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| Methodist
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| align="left" | '''1880''' June 1
| <center>Boston University<br>School of Theology Library<br>745 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Flr.<br>Boston MA 02215<br>617-353-1323<br>[http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/ website]</center>
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| align="center" | Exist
| The library holds a large number of church records and their [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/ online guides]. Their holdings of [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/boston-records/ Boston church records] is a separate list. Also check their [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-files/ historical files] for non-church record material.
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | -
 
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| Presbyterian
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | '''1870''' June 1
| <center>Presbyterian Historical Society<br>425 Lombard St.<br>Philadelphia PA 19147<br>215-627-1852<br>[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ website]</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
| The library does not hold any Massachusetts church records, but they have [http://www.history.pcusa.org/dbtw-wpd/Textbase5/Halls%20webQuery.htm Hall's Index Database] that will list all the churches by town and give some historical data.
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
 
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| Roman Catholic
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| align="left" | '''1860''' June 1
| <center>Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston<br>66 Brooks Dr.<br>Braintree MA 02184<br>617-746-5795<br>[http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Archives.aspx website]</center>
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| align="center" | Exist
| This diocese serves Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk Counties. There are online guides to parish establishments, church and cemetery records held by the archives, and other resources from their main page.
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
 
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| Roman Catholic
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | '''1850''' June 1
| <center>Diocese of Fall River<br>362 Highland Ave.<br>PO Box 2577<br>Fall River MA 02722<br>508-675-1311<br>[http://www.fallriverdiocese.org/index.asp website]</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
| This diocese serves Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes and Nantucket Counties. This Archives collects, organizes, and preserves records, documents and memorabilia of the Diocese for administrative and historical purposes, but is not open to the general public.
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
 
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| Roman Catholic
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| align="left" | '''1840''' June 1
| <center>Diocese of Springfield<br>65 Elliott St.<br>PO Box 1730<br>Springfield MA 01102<br>413-732-3175<br>[http://www.diospringfield.org/index.html website]</center>
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| align="center" | Exist
| This diocese serves Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties, but does not maintain an Archive.
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
 
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| Roman Catholic
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | '''1830''' June 1
| <center>Diocese of Worcester<br>49 Elm St.<br>Worcester MA 01609<br>508-791-7171<br>[http://www.worcesterdiocese.org/bishop/OfficeoftheBishop/tabid/367/Default.aspx website]</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
| This diocese serves Worcester County, but does not maintain an Archive.
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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|-
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| align="left" | '''1820 '''Aug. 7
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | Exist
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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|-
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | '''1810''' Aug. 6
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | '''Lost'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | -
 
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| Society of Friends<br>(Quakers)
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| align="left" | '''1800''' Aug. 4
| <center>Rhode Island Historical Society<br>121 Hope St.<br>Providence RI 02906<br>401-273-8107<br>[http://www.rihs.org/ website]</center>
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| width="16%" align="center" | Most of Suffolk County missing
| The membership library holds the records of the New England Yearly Meetings.
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
 
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|-
| Unitarian/Universalist
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | '''1790 '''Aug. 2
| <center>Harvard Divinity School<br>45 Francis Ave.<br>Cambridge MA 02138<br>617-495-5788<br>[http://www.hds.harvard.edu/ website]</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Exist
| The [http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/ Andover-Harvard Theological Library] maintains a detailed list of their holdings online.
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'''General:'''  
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| bgcolor="#ff9900" align="center" colspan="11" | <font size="+1">'''Online Federal Non-Population Schedules for Massachusetts'''</font>
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| bgcolor="#ff9900" colspan="2" | <br>
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" colspan="3" | '''Free'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" colspan="3" | '''Free at Some Libraries''' (usually&nbsp;with&nbsp;library&nbsp;card)
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| bgcolor="#ff9900" align="center" | '''Pay'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9900" align="center" | '''Year'''
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| width="10%" bgcolor="#ff9900" align="center" | '''Type'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" | '''Record Search'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" | '''Census Bureau'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" | '''Google Book'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Heritage Quest'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Ancestry FHL'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Ancestry Library'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9900" align="center" | '''Ancestry Home'''
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| '''1890'''
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| width="20%" | Veterans
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 Link]
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8667&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8667&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8667&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Link]
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| '''1880'''
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| width="20%" | Defective
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1634 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1634 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1634 Link]
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| '''1880'''
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| width="20%" | Mortality
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| '''1870'''
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| Mortality
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1438024 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| '''1860'''
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| Mortality
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1473181 Link]
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| '''1850'''
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| Mortality
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1401638 Link]
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| '''1840'''
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| Pensioners
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1786457 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf BookLink]
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| align="center" | [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&dq=1840+census+pensioners&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=W0XUmfgahX&sig=WRyMIVwiePLwKmlxhbchJl1ZeeA&hl=en&ei=SJ0MSvSrBqOMtgf19I2FCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10#PPA61,M1 BookLink]
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7678 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7678 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7678 Link]
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|}
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==== Online Census  ====
  
*Leonard Bacon, ''The Genesis of the New England Churches'' (New York, 1874), xiv, 485 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/genesisofnewengl00bac Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=kaYRAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1465600 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|598979|item|disp=FHL film 1549735}}.<br>
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*Frederic William Bailey, comp., ''Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800'' (New Haven, Conn., 1897-1914, in 7v.; rep. Baltimore, 1968+).<br>Digital version for Vol. 1 (Worcester Co.) only at [http://archive.org/details/earlymassachuse00unkngoog Internet Archive] or [http://books.google.com/books?id=VKUihfQuBiEC Google Books].<br>Berkshire Genealogist Indexing Committee, ''Master Index to Early Massachusetts Marriages'' (Pittsfield, Mass., 1996), 131 leaves, is a single, full-name index to the series of seven volumes.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36136812 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*John Michael Bumsted, ''The Pilgrims' Progress: The Ecclesiastical History of the Old Colony, 1620-1775'' (Ph.D. Disseertation, Brown Univ., 1965), v, 478 pp., and published (New York, 1989), iii, 403 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20056900 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*John Eliot, "Ecclesiastical History of Massachusetts and the Old Colony of Plymouth" in ''Massachusetts Historical Society Collections'', 7 [1800]: 262-280.<br>Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=SwsQAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA262 Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1756821 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|28500|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 B4m ser. 1 v. 7}} (rep.).<br>
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*John Eliot, "Ecclesiastical History of Massachusetts" in ''Massachusetts Historical Society Collections'', 9 [1804]: 1-49; 10 [1809]: 1-37; 2nd Ser., 1 [1814]: 194-210.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1756821 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Henry Lawrence Southwick, ''The Policy of the Early Colonists of Massachusetts toward Quakers and others whom they regarded as intruders'' (Boston, 1885), viii, 21 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/policyofearlycol00sout Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=btZYAAAAMAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4661302 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Conrad Wright, "Arminianism in Massachusetts, 1723-1780," Ph.D. Dissertation, Harvard Univ., 1943, iii, 418 pp.<br>Only at [http://hollis.harvard.edu/?itemid=%7Clibrary/m/aleph%7C001439719 Andover-Harvard Theology School Lbrary].<br>
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*Carroll D. Wright, ''Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties'' (Boston, 1889), Courts, 379 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/reportoncustodyc00mass Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=IyYWAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/5321644 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|43513|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 A3cr, fiche 6046869, or film 176644}}.<br>
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| width="10%" bgcolor="#ff9900" align="center" | '''Type'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" | '''Record Search'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" | '''Census Bureau'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" | '''Google Book'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Heritage Quest'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Ancestry FHL'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Ancestry Library'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9900" align="center" | '''Ancestry Home'''
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| '''1890'''
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| width="20%" | Veterans
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 Link]  
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8667&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Link]  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8667&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Link]  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8667&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Link]
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| '''1880'''  
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| width="20%" | Defective
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1634 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1634 Link]  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1634 Link]
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|-
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| '''1880'''  
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| width="20%" | Mortality
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 Link]  
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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|-
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| '''1870'''
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| Mortality
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1438024 Link]  
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| '''1860'''  
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| Mortality
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1473181 Link]  
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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| '''1850'''  
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| Mortality
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1401638 Link]  
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | -
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530 Link]
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|-
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| '''1840'''  
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| Pensioners
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| align="center" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1786457 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf BookLink]  
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| align="center" | [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&dq=1840+census+pensioners&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=W0XUmfgahX&sig=WRyMIVwiePLwKmlxhbchJl1ZeeA&hl=en&ei=SJ0MSvSrBqOMtgf19I2FCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10#PPA61,M1 BookLink]  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7678 Link]  
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7678 Link]
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| align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7678 Link]
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<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Census|Top of Census]]</center>  
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=== Churches  ===
  
'''Baptist:'''
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Information regarding specific churches is best found on the town pages. This guide will list demoninational archives followed by a bibliography of histories of the various churches in Massachusetts.<br>
  
*Thomas E. Buckley, "Church and State in Massachusetts Bay: A Case Study of Baptist Dissenters, 1651" in ''Journal of Church and State'', 23 [1981]: 309-322.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1586802 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
*John Woolman Brush, ''Baptists in Massachusetts'' (Valley Forge, Pa., 1970), 78 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/73763 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|114813|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2bj}}.<br>  
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*''Consolidated History of the Fifteen Churches of the Framingham Baptist Association'' (South Framingham, Mass., 1902), 131 pp.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2017777 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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! width="125" scope="col" | Demonination
*William Harrison Eaton, ''Historical Sketch of the Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Society and Convention, 1802-1902'' (Boston, 1903), x, 240 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historicalsketch00eato Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=b18sAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2738414 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>Note: "Pastors of Baptist churches in Massachusetts, 1802-1902," p. [http://archive.org/stream/historicalsketch00eato#page/136/mode/2up 137-213].<br>  
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! width="250" scope="col" | Archive
*''History of the Baptist Churches Composing the Sturbridge Association, from their Origin to 1843'' (New York, 1844), 54 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historybaptistc00assogoog Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=4wDlLze-TjkC Google Books], and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009732745 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2168453 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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! width="500" scope="col" | Description
*W. G. McLaughlin, ''New England Dissent, 1630-1833, The Baptists and Separation of Church and State'' (Cambridge, 1971), 2v.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/128483 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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|-
*Carla Gardina Pestana, ''Quakers and Baptists in Colonial Massachusetts'' (New York, 1991), xii, 197 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22984208 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|712353|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2p}}.<br>  
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| Baptist
*David Porter, "The Baptist Struggle for Religious Freedom in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1650-1670" in ''Foundation'', 14 [1971]: 24-32.<br>Not in WorldCat; Not at FHL.<br>
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| <center>Andover Newton Theological School<br>210 Herrick Rd.<br>Newton Centre MA 02459<br>617-964-1100<br>[http://www.ants.edu/ website]</center>  
 
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| The [http://www.ants.edu/library/ Franklin Trask Library] hold several dozen local area church records of now defunct churches.
'''Congregational:'''
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|-
 
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| Congregational
*Joseph S. Clark, ''A Historical Sketch of the Congregational Churches in Massachusetts from 1620 to 1858'' (Boston, 1858), xii, 344 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historicalsketc00clar Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=oWJ3umhv1c4C Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/7595644 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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| <center>The Congregational Library<br>14 Beacon St.<br>Boston MA 02108<br>617-523-0470<br>[http://www.congregationallibrary.org/home website]</center>  
*"Complete List of the Congregational and Presbyterian Ministers in Massachusetts from the settlement of the colonies of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay to the present time" [Note: Only covers Suffolk and Berkshire counties] in ''American Quarterly Register'', 7 [1834-1835]: 28-38.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/145084550 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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| This library has a wealth of books on Congregationalism and there are [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg-index online guides] to finding aids for manuscript collections.
*"The Congregational Churches of Massachusetts" in ''Spirit of the Pilgrims'', 1 [1828]: [http://archive.org/stream/spiritofpilgrims_01bost#page/56/mode/2up 57-74], [http://archive.org/stream/spiritofpilgrims_01bost#page/112/mode/2up 113-140].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1766347 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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|-
*B. B. Edwards, "Complete List of the Congregational Ministers in the Old County of Hampshire, Ms. (including the present counties of Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden) from the first settlement to the present times" in ''American Quarterly Register'', 10 [1837-1838]: [http://archive.org/stream/americanquarterlv10amer#page/260/mode/2up 260-276], [http://archive.org/stream/americanquarterlv10amer#page/378/mode/2up 379-407].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/145084550 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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| Episcopal
*Henry Tilton Lummus, "The Established Church of Massachusetts" in ''Lynn Historical Society Register'', no. 5 [1901]: 34-52.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1756334 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1262697|item|disp=FHL book 974.45/L2 H25L no. 1-5 or film 1320530 Item 3}}.<br>  
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| <center>Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts<br>138 Tremont St.<br>Boston MA 02111<br>617-482-5800<br>[http://www.diomass.org/ website]</center>  
*Mary Frederica Rhinelander Morgan, ''Manuscript Collections of The Congregational Library at Boston: A Survey'' (Boston, 1982), xiv, 111 leaves.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11227857 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|571031|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 A3m or film 1421832 Item 3}}.<br>  
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| The [http://www.diomass.org/content/archives Archives] does not maintain a list of records they hold, but consult the guide to their holdings in the bibliography below.
*Richard H. Taylor, ''The Churches of Christ of the Congregational Way in New England'' (Benton Harbor, Mich., 1989), vii, 308 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20398303 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|464340|item|disp=FHL book 974 K27t}}.<br>  
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|-
*Harold Field Worthley, ''An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts Gathered 1620-1805'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1970), xiv, 716 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/113476 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1978165|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K23w}}.<br>
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| Episcopal
 
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| <center>Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts<br>37 Chestnut St.<br>Springfield MA 01103<br>413-737-4786<br>[http://www.diocesewma.org/ website]</center>
'''Episcopal:'''
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| This [http://www.diocesewma.org/about-us/archives Archives] has an [http://www.diocesewma.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/INVENTORIES-SUMMARY-pdf.pdf online guide] (pdf file) that shows the few church records they hold.
 
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|-
*Donald Nelson Alexander, ''The Diocese of Western Massachusetts, 1901-1951'' (Springfield, Mass., [1951]), 85 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2880326 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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| Jewish
*Joseph Breed Berry, ''History of the Diocese of Massachusetts, 1810-1872'' (Boston, 1959), vi, 252 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/767631 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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| <center>American Jewish Historical Society<br>99-101 Newbury St.<br>Boston MA 02116<br>617-226-1245<br>[http://www.ajhs.org/ website]</center>  
*Mark J. Duffy, ''Guide to the Parochial Archives of the Episcopal Church In Boston'' (Boston, 1981), v, 212 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8341981 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|422523|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 K23d}}.<br>  
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| This library is within the New England Historic Genealogical Society, but maintains their own reference desk and collections. Their [http://ajhs.org/collections/newfindingaids.cfm manuscript holdings] are online.
*Mark J. Duffy, ed., ''The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 1784-1984'' (Boston, 1984), xvi, 737 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11686114 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|9314|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2e}}.<br>  
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|-
*Edward Midwinter, "The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and the Church in the American Colonies, III: Massachusetts" in ''Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church'', 4 [1935]: 100-115.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1752125 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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| Lutheran
*Edgar Legare Pennington, "Anglican Beginnings in Massachusetts" in ''Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church'', 10 [1941]: 242-289.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1752125 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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| <center>The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia<br>7301 Germantown Ave.<br>Philadelphia PA 19119<br>215-248-6383<br>[http://ltsp.edu/ website]</center>
*William Stevens Perry, ed., ''Papers Relating to the History of the [Episcopal] Church in Massachusetts, A.D. 1676-1785'' (Boston, 1873), 720 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/cu31924092469620 Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=NgRQAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4812729 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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| The [http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia] holds the records of defunct churches and other records given to them, but there is no inventory of them online.
*Dudley Tyng, ''Massachusetts Episcopalians, 1607-1957'' (Boston, 1960?), x, 142 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2046082 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|180862|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2t}}.<br>
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|-
 
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| Methodist
'''Jewish:'''  
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| <center>Boston University<br>School of Theology Library<br>745 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Flr.<br>Boston MA 02215<br>617-353-1323<br>[http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/ website]</center>  
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| The library holds a large number of church records and their [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/ online guides]. Their holdings of [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/boston-records/ Boston church records] is a separate list. Also check their [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-files/ historical files] for non-church record material.
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| Presbyterian
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| <center>Presbyterian Historical Society<br>425 Lombard St.<br>Philadelphia PA 19147<br>215-627-1852<br>[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ website]</center>  
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| The library does not hold any Massachusetts church records, but they have [http://www.history.pcusa.org/dbtw-wpd/Textbase5/Halls%20webQuery.htm Hall's Index Database] that will list all the churches by town and give some historical data.
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| Roman Catholic
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| <center>Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston<br>66 Brooks Dr.<br>Braintree MA 02184<br>617-746-5795<br>[http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Archives.aspx website]</center>  
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| This diocese serves Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk Counties. There are online guides to parish establishments, church and cemetery records held by the archives, and other resources from their main page.
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|-
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| Roman Catholic
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| <center>Diocese of Fall River<br>362 Highland Ave.<br>PO Box 2577<br>Fall River MA 02722<br>508-675-1311<br>[http://www.fallriverdiocese.org/index.asp website]</center>  
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| This diocese serves Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes and Nantucket Counties. This Archives collects, organizes, and preserves records, documents and memorabilia of the Diocese for administrative and historical purposes, but is not open to the general public.
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| Roman Catholic
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| <center>Diocese of Springfield<br>65 Elliott St.<br>PO Box 1730<br>Springfield MA 01102<br>413-732-3175<br>[http://www.diospringfield.org/index.html website]</center>  
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| This diocese serves Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties, but does not maintain an Archive.
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| Roman Catholic
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| <center>Diocese of Worcester<br>49 Elm St.<br>Worcester MA 01609<br>508-791-7171<br>[http://www.worcesterdiocese.org/bishop/OfficeoftheBishop/tabid/367/Default.aspx website]</center>
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| This diocese serves Worcester County, but does not maintain an Archive.
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|-
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| Society of Friends<br>(Quakers)
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| <center>Rhode Island Historical Society<br>121 Hope St.<br>Providence RI 02906<br>401-273-8107<br>[http://www.rihs.org/ website]</center>  
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| The membership library holds the records of the New England Yearly Meetings.
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|-
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| Unitarian/Universalist
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| <center>Harvard Divinity School<br>45 Francis Ave.<br>Cambridge MA 02138<br>617-495-5788<br>[http://www.hds.harvard.edu/ website]</center>  
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| The [http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/ Andover-Harvard Theological Library] maintains a detailed list of their holdings online.
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|}
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'''General:'''  
  
*Samuel Broches, ''Jews in New England: Pt. I, Historical study of the Jews in Massachusetts (1650-1750)'' (New York, 1942), 68 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2487533 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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*Leonard Bacon, ''The Genesis of the New England Churches'' (New York, 1874), xiv, 485 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/genesisofnewengl00bac Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=kaYRAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1465600 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|598979|item|disp=FHL film 1549735}}.<br>
*Albert Ehrenfried, ''A Chronicle of Boston Jewry from the Colonial Settlement to 1900'' (Boston, 1963), viii, 771 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/7237970 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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*Frederic William Bailey, comp., ''Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800'' (New Haven, Conn., 1897-1914, in 7v.; rep. Baltimore, 1968+).<br>Digital version for Vol. 1 (Worcester Co.) only at [http://archive.org/details/earlymassachuse00unkngoog Internet Archive] or [http://books.google.com/books?id=VKUihfQuBiEC Google Books].<br>Berkshire Genealogist Indexing Committee, ''Master Index to Early Massachusetts Marriages'' (Pittsfield, Mass., 1996), 131 leaves, is a single, full-name index to the series of seven volumes.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36136812 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
*Lee Max Friedman, "Early Jewish Residents in Massachusetts" in ''Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society'', 23 [1915]: [http://archive.org/stream/no23americanjewi00ameruoft#page/78/mode/2up 79-90].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2018491 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1657089|item|disp=FHL book 973 B2jh no. 23}}.<br>  
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*John Michael Bumsted, ''The Pilgrims' Progress: The Ecclesiastical History of the Old Colony, 1620-1775'' (Ph.D. Disseertation, Brown Univ., 1965), v, 478 pp., and published (New York, 1989), iii, 403 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20056900 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
*Jonathan Sarna and Ellen Smith, ''The Jews of Boston'' (Boston, 1995; rep. New Haven, Conn., 2005), 370 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/58555748 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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*John Eliot, "Ecclesiastical History of Massachusetts and the Old Colony of Plymouth" in ''Massachusetts Historical Society Collections'', 7 [1800]: 262-280.<br>Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=SwsQAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA262 Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1756821 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|28500|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 B4m ser. 1 v. 7}} (rep.).<br>  
*Solomon Schindler, ''Israelites in Boston: A Tale Describing the Development of Judaism in Boston'' (Boston, 1889), 1v. (unpaginated).<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25267755 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*John Eliot, "Ecclesiastical History of Massachusetts" in ''Massachusetts Historical Society Collections'', 9 [1804]: 1-49; 10 [1809]: 1-37; 2nd Ser., 1 [1814]: 194-210.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1756821 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Henry Lawrence Southwick, ''The Policy of the Early Colonists of Massachusetts toward Quakers and others whom they regarded as intruders'' (Boston, 1885), viii, 21 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/policyofearlycol00sout Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=btZYAAAAMAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4661302 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
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*Conrad Wright, "Arminianism in Massachusetts, 1723-1780," Ph.D. Dissertation, Harvard Univ., 1943, iii, 418 pp.<br>Only at [http://hollis.harvard.edu/?itemid=%7Clibrary/m/aleph%7C001439719 Andover-Harvard Theology School Lbrary].<br>
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*Carroll D. Wright, ''Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties'' (Boston, 1889), Courts, 379 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/reportoncustodyc00mass Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=IyYWAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/5321644 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|43513|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 A3cr, fiche 6046869, or film 176644}}.<br>
  
'''Methodist Episcopal:'''  
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'''Baptist:'''  
  
*''Souvenir History of the New England Southern Conference'', Vol. 1, New Bedford District (Nantucket, Mass., 1897), 3 v.<br>Digital versions of volume 1 at [http://archive.org/details/souvenirhistoryo00milliala Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=H_rqAAAAMAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4756716 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Thomas E. Buckley, "Church and State in Massachusetts Bay: A Case Study of Baptist Dissenters, 1651" in ''Journal of Church and State'', 23 [1981]: 309-322.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1586802 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*John Woolman Brush, ''Baptists in Massachusetts'' (Valley Forge, Pa., 1970), 78 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/73763 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|114813|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2bj}}.<br>
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*''Consolidated History of the Fifteen Churches of the Framingham Baptist Association'' (South Framingham, Mass., 1902), 131 pp.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2017777 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*William Harrison Eaton, ''Historical Sketch of the Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Society and Convention, 1802-1902'' (Boston, 1903), x, 240 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historicalsketch00eato Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=b18sAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2738414 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>Note: "Pastors of Baptist churches in Massachusetts, 1802-1902," p. [http://archive.org/stream/historicalsketch00eato#page/136/mode/2up 137-213].<br>
 +
*''History of the Baptist Churches Composing the Sturbridge Association, from their Origin to 1843'' (New York, 1844), 54 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historybaptistc00assogoog Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=4wDlLze-TjkC Google Books], and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009732745 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2168453 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*W. G. McLaughlin, ''New England Dissent, 1630-1833, The Baptists and Separation of Church and State'' (Cambridge, 1971), 2v.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/128483 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Carla Gardina Pestana, ''Quakers and Baptists in Colonial Massachusetts'' (New York, 1991), xii, 197 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22984208 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|712353|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2p}}.<br>
 +
*David Porter, "The Baptist Struggle for Religious Freedom in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1650-1670" in ''Foundation'', 14 [1971]: 24-32.<br>Not in WorldCat; Not at FHL.<br>
  
'''Presbyterian:'''  
+
'''Congregational:'''  
  
*"Complete List of the Congregational and Presbyterian Ministers in Massachusetts from the settlement of the colonies of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay to the present time" [Note: Only covers Suffolk and Berkshire counties] in ''American Quarterly Register'', 7 [1834-1835]: [http://archive.org/stream/americanquarterlv7amer#page/28/mode/2up 28-38].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/7151577 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
+
*Joseph S. Clark, ''A Historical Sketch of the Congregational Churches in Massachusetts from 1620 to 1858'' (Boston, 1858), xii, 344 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historicalsketc00clar Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=oWJ3umhv1c4C Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/7595644 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*"Complete List of the Congregational and Presbyterian Ministers in Massachusetts from the settlement of the colonies of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay to the present time" [Note: Only covers Suffolk and Berkshire counties] in ''American Quarterly Register'', 7 [1834-1835]: 28-38.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/145084550 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*"The Congregational Churches of Massachusetts" in ''Spirit of the Pilgrims'', 1 [1828]: [http://archive.org/stream/spiritofpilgrims_01bost#page/56/mode/2up 57-74], [http://archive.org/stream/spiritofpilgrims_01bost#page/112/mode/2up 113-140].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1766347 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*B. B. Edwards, "Complete List of the Congregational Ministers in the Old County of Hampshire, Ms. (including the present counties of Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden) from the first settlement to the present times" in ''American Quarterly Register'', 10 [1837-1838]: [http://archive.org/stream/americanquarterlv10amer#page/260/mode/2up 260-276], [http://archive.org/stream/americanquarterlv10amer#page/378/mode/2up 379-407].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/145084550 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Henry Tilton Lummus, "The Established Church of Massachusetts" in ''Lynn Historical Society Register'', no. 5 [1901]: 34-52.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1756334 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1262697|item|disp=FHL book 974.45/L2 H25L no. 1-5 or film 1320530 Item 3}}.<br>
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*Mary Frederica Rhinelander Morgan, ''Manuscript Collections of The Congregational Library at Boston: A Survey'' (Boston, 1982), xiv, 111 leaves.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11227857 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|571031|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 A3m or film 1421832 Item 3}}.<br>
 +
*Richard H. Taylor, ''The Churches of Christ of the Congregational Way in New England'' (Benton Harbor, Mich., 1989), vii, 308 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20398303 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|464340|item|disp=FHL book 974 K27t}}.<br>
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*Harold Field Worthley, ''An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts Gathered 1620-1805'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1970), xiv, 716 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/113476 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1978165|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K23w}}.<br>
  
'''Quaker:'''  
+
'''Episcopal:'''  
  
*Richard Price Hallowell, ''The Quaker Invasion of Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1883; rep. Bowie, Md., 1987), vi, 227 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/quakerinvasionof00hal Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=W8wTAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3200 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11645007 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1400369|item|disp=FHL digital link only}} or {{FHL|619393|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2h}}.<br>  
+
*Donald Nelson Alexander, ''The Diocese of Western Massachusetts, 1901-1951'' (Springfield, Mass., [1951]), 85 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2880326 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Joseph Breed Berry, ''History of the Diocese of Massachusetts, 1810-1872'' (Boston, 1959), vi, 252 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/767631 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Mark J. Duffy, ''Guide to the Parochial Archives of the Episcopal Church In Boston'' (Boston, 1981), v, 212 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8341981 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|422523|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 K23d}}.<br>
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*Mark J. Duffy, ed., ''The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 1784-1984'' (Boston, 1984), xvi, 737 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11686114 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|9314|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2e}}.<br>
 +
*Edward Midwinter, "The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and the Church in the American Colonies, III: Massachusetts" in ''Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church'', 4 [1935]: 100-115.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1752125 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Edgar Legare Pennington, "Anglican Beginnings in Massachusetts" in ''Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church'', 10 [1941]: 242-289.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1752125 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*William Stevens Perry, ed., ''Papers Relating to the History of the [Episcopal] Church in Massachusetts, A.D. 1676-1785'' (Boston, 1873), 720 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/cu31924092469620 Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=NgRQAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4812729 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Dudley Tyng, ''Massachusetts Episcopalians, 1607-1957'' (Boston, 1960?), x, 142 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2046082 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|180862|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2t}}.<br>
 +
 
 +
'''Jewish:'''
 +
 
 +
*Samuel Broches, ''Jews in New England: Pt. I, Historical study of the Jews in Massachusetts (1650-1750)'' (New York, 1942), 68 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2487533 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Albert Ehrenfried, ''A Chronicle of Boston Jewry from the Colonial Settlement to 1900'' (Boston, 1963), viii, 771 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/7237970 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Lee Max Friedman, "Early Jewish Residents in Massachusetts" in ''Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society'', 23 [1915]: [http://archive.org/stream/no23americanjewi00ameruoft#page/78/mode/2up 79-90].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2018491 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1657089|item|disp=FHL book 973 B2jh no. 23}}.<br>
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*Jonathan Sarna and Ellen Smith, ''The Jews of Boston'' (Boston, 1995; rep. New Haven, Conn., 2005), 370 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/58555748 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Solomon Schindler, ''Israelites in Boston: A Tale Describing the Development of Judaism in Boston'' (Boston, 1889), 1v. (unpaginated).<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25267755 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
 
 +
'''Methodist Episcopal:'''
 +
 
 +
*''Souvenir History of the New England Southern Conference'', Vol. 1, New Bedford District (Nantucket, Mass., 1897), 3 v.<br>Digital versions of volume 1 at [http://archive.org/details/souvenirhistoryo00milliala Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=H_rqAAAAMAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4756716 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
 
 +
'''Presbyterian:'''
 +
 
 +
*"Complete List of the Congregational and Presbyterian Ministers in Massachusetts from the settlement of the colonies of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay to the present time" [Note: Only covers Suffolk and Berkshire counties] in ''American Quarterly Register'', 7 [1834-1835]: [http://archive.org/stream/americanquarterlv7amer#page/28/mode/2up 28-38].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/7151577 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
 
 +
'''Quaker:'''
 +
 
 +
*Richard Price Hallowell, ''The Quaker Invasion of Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1883; rep. Bowie, Md., 1987), vi, 227 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/quakerinvasionof00hal Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=W8wTAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3200 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11645007 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1400369|item|disp=FHL digital link only}} or {{FHL|619393|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2h}}.<br>  
 
*Robert J. Leach, ''Nantucket Quaker Genealogy, Volumes one and two bound together'' (S.l., 19??; rep. Hillsboro, Ore., 1990), 2 v.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/561385 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] (rep.); {{FHL|561385|item|disp=FHL book 974.497 D2L}}.<br>  
 
*Robert J. Leach, ''Nantucket Quaker Genealogy, Volumes one and two bound together'' (S.l., 19??; rep. Hillsboro, Ore., 1990), 2 v.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/561385 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] (rep.); {{FHL|561385|item|disp=FHL book 974.497 D2L}}.<br>  
 
*Carla Gardina Pestana, ''Quakers and Baptists in Colonial Massachusetts'' (New York, 1991), xii, 197 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22984208 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|712353|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2p}}.<br>  
 
*Carla Gardina Pestana, ''Quakers and Baptists in Colonial Massachusetts'' (New York, 1991), xii, 197 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22984208 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|712353|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2p}}.<br>  
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| <center>[[#mil13|Vietnam Conflict<br>(1961-1973)]]</center>  
 
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| <center>[[#mil14|First Gulf War<br>(1990-1991)]]</center>
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| <center>[[#cw08|38th-57th Infantry]]</center>  
 
| <center>[[#cw09|58th Inf.+, Misc.,<br>Lt. Art., H. Art.]]</center>  
 
| <center>[[#cw09|58th Inf.+, Misc.,<br>Lt. Art., H. Art.]]</center>  
| <center>[[#cw10|H. Art. (5th+), Cav.,<br>Mass. Men (states), USA]]</center>
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Much work has gone into this section to create a first-class guide to Civil War resources relating to Massachusetts. Areas to improve are to add the regimental histories in the tables below under history and to cull out all relevant material from the National Archives holdings as has been done with the previous wars.
  
 
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'''Records:'''  
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'''Federal Records:'''  
  
[WORK IN PROGRESS]
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The following are national records where information regarding Massachusetts soldiers and sailors may be found. This list was not compared to or include records found at the National Archives. It is only the list of ONLINE records from FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and fold3.com.<br>  
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'''Guides:'''
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*Civil War Soldiers Index, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1910717 FamilySearch.org] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1138 Ancestry] ($).<br>This is an index to the [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] maintained by the National Park Service.<br>
 +
*Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865, [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1555 Ancestry] ($), compiled from [http://search.ancestry.com/oldsearch/rectype/military/cwrd/db.aspx? published sources]<br>
 +
*Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4213514 NARA ARC 4213514], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1666 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Compiled Records showing service of Military Units in Volunteer Union Organizations, being NARA M594 series, 225 reels, Mass. on reels 75-82, scanned on [http://www.archive.org/stream/compiledrecordss0075unit#page/n1117/mode/2up Internet Archive].<br>
 +
*Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865, database derived from NARA M598, M918, M1303, and M2072 series, [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1124 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1864-1866, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932430 FamilySearch.org], being NARA M1017 series.<br>
 +
*Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops, 1863-1865, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932431 FamilySearch.org], the NARA series was NOT identified.<br>
 +
*General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1919699 FamilySearch.org] [59% completed in Aug. 2013] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4654 Ancestry] ($), being NARA T288 series.<br>
 +
*Civil War and later Pension Index, 1861-1917, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1471019 FamilySearch.org] and [http://www.fold3.com/title_57/civil_war_and_later_veterans_pension_index/ fold3.com] ($), being NARA T289 series.<br>
 +
*Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1922519 United States FamilySearch.org] [4% indexing completed in Aug. 2013] and [http://www.fold3.com/title_24/civil_war_widows_pensions/ fold3.com] ($) [5% complete], the NARA series was NOT identified.<br>
 +
*Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1979426 FamilySearch.org] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2402 Ancestry] ($), being NARA M1784 and M1785 series.<br>
 +
*Naval Enlistment Weekly Returns, 1855-1891, [http://www.fold3.com/title_777/naval_enlistment_weekly_returns_18551891/ fold3.com], being NARA M1953 series.<br>
 +
*Navy Pension Index, 1861-1910, derived from NARA M1274, M1279, M1408, and M1469 (see next four entries), [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1357 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Navy Survivors' Certificates, [http://www.fold3.com/title_120/navy_survivors_certificates/ fold3.com] ($), being NARA M1469 series.<br>
 +
*Navy Survivors' Originals (Disapproved), [http://www.fold3.com/title_780/navy_survivors_originals_disapproved/ fold3.com]($), being NARA M1408 series.<br>
 +
*Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1852605 FamilySearch.org] or [http://www.fold3.com/title_121/navy_widows_certificates/ fold3.com] ($), being NARA M1279 series.<br>
 +
*Navy Widows' Originals (Disapproved), 1861-1910, [http://www.fold3.com/title_783/navy_widows_originals_disapproved/ fold3.com] ($), being NARA M1274 series.<br>
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*Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1880762 FamilySearch.org], being NARA M233 series [12% completed in Aug. 2013].<br>
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*Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903, [[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913388 FamilySearch.org] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1195 Ancestry] ($), being NARA M1845 series.<br>
 +
*Civil War Service Index - Union - Massachusetts (index cards), [http://www.fold3.com/title_794/massachusetts_index_cards/ fold3.com] ($), being NARA M544 series.<br>
 +
*Mass. 54th Infantry Regt. Records, [http://www.fold3.com/title_802/civil_war_ma_54th_infantry_regiment_records/ fold3.com] ($), being part of NARA M1659 series.<br>
  
[WORK IN PROGRESS]  
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'''State Records:'''
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 +
*Original state records are split between the [[#Archives|Massachusetts Archives]] and the [http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/resources/museum/default.aspx National Guard Museum &amp; Archives] in Concord (see their [http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/DevLibrary2/resources/museum/collections.htm#CivilWarUnion18611865 holdings online]).<br>
 +
*''Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War'' (Norwood or Brookline, Mass., 1931-1935), 8v.<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/n3/mode/2up V. 1], [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol21931mass#page/n3/mode/2up v. 2], [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol31931mass#page/n3/mode/2up v. 3], [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol41931mass#page/n3/mode/2up v. 4], [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/n3/mode/2up v. 5], [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/n3/mode/2up v. 6], [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol71931mass#page/n3/mode/2up v. 7], and [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol81931mass#page/n3/mode/2up v. 8]) and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29987 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/181349128 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|126762|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 M2ma v. #}} (with digital link) or {{FHL|783147|item|disp=FHL fiche 6083040}}.<br>''Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War - Index to Army Records'' (Boston, 1937), 634 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/stream/massachusettssol1937mass#page/n3/mode/2up Internet Archive] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29986 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2208085 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|536436|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 M2ma index or film 238370}}.<br>
 +
*''A list of the soldiers, sailors, and marines of the war of the rebellion in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on May 1, 1905, by cities and towns, arranged alphabetically'' (Boston, 1907), 201 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/13085259 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*''A list of the soldiers, sailors, and marines of the Civil War surviving and resident in Massachusetts on April 1, 1915'' (Boston, 1916), 342 pp.<br>digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/listofsoldierssa00mass Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=iGgVAQAAMAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11384095 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1328764|item|disp=FHL film 1416911 Item 4}}.<br>
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 +
'''Guides:'''
 +
 
 +
*National Park Service's [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments.htm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database] is searchable by name, regiment, cemetery, battle, prisoner, medal of honor, or monument.<br>
 
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<center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>1st through 11th Infantry'''</center>
 
 
 
 
 
{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
 
{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
|+ <center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>1st through 11th Infantry'''</center>
 
 
 
 
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| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
 
| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 1st Regt.  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 1st Regt.  
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/n13/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/n13/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | May 1861 - May 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0001RI Details]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | May 1861 - May 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0001RI Details]  
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| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/148/mode/2up Co. A-L]  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/148/mode/2up Co. A-L]  
| Apr. - July 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0003RIM Details]  
+
| Apr. 1861 - July 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0003RIM Details]  
 
| ---
 
| ---
 
|-
 
|-
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/204/mode/2up Co. A-I]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/204/mode/2up Co. A-I]  
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Apr. - July 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0004RIM2 Details]  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Apr. 1861 - July 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0004RIM2 Details]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
|-
 
|-
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| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/268/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/268/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
| Apr. - Aug. 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0005RIM2 Details]  
+
| Apr. 1861 - Aug. 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0005RIM2 Details]  
 
| ---
 
| ---
 
|-
 
|-
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| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 9 months)  
 
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 9 months)  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/300/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/300/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
| Sept. 1862 - July 1862&lt;dr&gt;[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0005RI Details]  
+
| Sept. 1862 - July 1862<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0005RI Details]  
 
| ---
 
| ---
 
|-
 
|-
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Militia<br>(Inf. - 100 days)  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Militia<br>(Inf. - 100 days)  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/336/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/336/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | July - Nov. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0005RIM1 Details]  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | July 1864 - Nov. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0005RIM1 Details]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
|-
 
|-
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| Mass. Vol. Militia<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| Mass. Vol. Militia<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/370/mode/2up Co. A-L]  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/370/mode/2up Co. A-L]  
| Apr. - Aug. 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0006RIM2 Details]  
+
| Apr. 1861 - Aug. 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0006RIM2 Details]  
 
| ---
 
| ---
 
|-
 
|-
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| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 100 days)  
 
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 100 days)  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/432/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/432/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
| July - Oct. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0006RIM1 Details]  
+
| July 1864 - Oct. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0006RIM1 Details]  
 
| ---
 
| ---
 
|-
 
|-
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 7th Regt.  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 7th Regt.  
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/468/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/468/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | June 1861 - June 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0007RI Details]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | June 1861 - June 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0007RI Details]  
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| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 3 months)  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/516/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/516/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
| Apr. - Aug. 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0008RIM2 Details]  
+
| Apr. 1861 - Aug. 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0008RIM2 Details]  
 
| ---
 
| ---
 
|-
 
|-
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| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 100 days)  
 
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 100 days)  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/582/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/582/mode/2up Co. A-K]  
| July - Nov. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0008RIM1 Details]  
+
| July 1864 - Nov. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0008RIM1 Details]  
 
| ---
 
| ---
 
|-
 
|-
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 9th Regt.  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 9th Regt.  
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/616/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/616/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | June 1861 - June 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0009RI Details]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | June 1861 - June 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0009RI Details]  
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|-
 
|-
 
| 10th Regt.  
 
| 10th Regt.  
| Mass. Vol. Inf.  
+
| Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/682/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
 
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol11931mass#page/682/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
 
| June 1861 - July 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0010RI Details]  
 
| June 1861 - July 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0010RI Details]  
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<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>  
 
{{anchor|cw06}}<br>  
 
{{anchor|cw06}}<br>  
 
+
<center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>12th through 24th Infantry'''</center>
 
 
 
 
 
{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
 
{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
|+ <center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>12th through 24th Infantry'''</center>
 
 
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
 
| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
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<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>  
 
{{anchor|cw07}}<br>  
 
{{anchor|cw07}}<br>  
 
+
<center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>25th through 37th Infantry'''</center>
 
 
 
 
 
{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
 
{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
|+ <center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>25th through 37th Infantry'''</center>
 
 
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
 
| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
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| 35th Regt.  
 
| 35th Regt.  
 
| Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)  
 
| Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)  
| http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol31931mass#page/644/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol31931mass#page/644/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
 
| July 1862 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0035RI Details]  
 
| July 1862 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0035RI Details]  
 
| ---
 
| ---
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<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>  
 
{{anchor|cw08}}<br>  
 
{{anchor|cw08}}<br>  
 
+
<center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>38th through 57th Infantry'''</center>
 
 
 
 
 
{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
 
{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
|+ <center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>38th through 57th Infantry'''</center>
 
 
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
 
| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol41931mass#page/n9/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol41931mass#page/n9/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | July 1862 - July 1865[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0038RI Details]  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | July 1862 - July 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0038RI Details]  
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
|-
 
|-
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|}
 
|}
 
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>  
 
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>  
{{anchor|cw09}}  
+
{{anchor|cw09}}<br>  
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>
+
<center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>58th Infantry, Light Artillery, and through 3rd Heavy Artillery'''</center>  
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+
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<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>  
+
|-
{{anchor|cw11}}
+
| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>
 
{{anchor|cw12}}
 
 
 
<br>  
 
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>
 
[WORK IN PROGRESS]
 
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]]</center>
 
 
 
=== Immigration  ===
 
 
 
{| width="40%" border="1" class="wikitable" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
 
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="2" | Quick Links to Immigration Records
+
| width="10%" align="center" | '''Unit Name'''
 +
| width="20%" align="center" | '''Type'''
 +
| width="15%" align="center" | '''Roster'''
 +
| width="20%" align="center" | '''Service'''
 +
| width="35%" align="center" | '''History'''
 
|-
 
|-
| [[#imm01|Passenger Lists]]  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 58th Regt.
| [[#imm02|Naturalization Records]]
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/n9/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Jan. 1864 - July 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0058RI Details]  
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
|-
 
|-
| [[#imm03|Other Records]]
+
| 59th Regt.
| [[#imm04|Bibliography]]
+
| Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(3 years)
|}
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/48/mode/2up Co. A-K, Un.]  
 
+
| Dec. 1863 - July 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0059RI Details]
There are many types of records to help researchers with a better understanding of their immigrant's arrival to the United States. Presented here are the two main groups: passenger lists and naturalization records. Other records would include passports, border crossings, and special collections. Each section has a specific bibliography and a general list is found from the links above.  
+
| ---
 
 
{{anchor|imm01}}
 
 
 
==== Passenger Lists  ====
 
 
 
{| width="50%" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;" class="wikitable"
 
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="3" | Quick Links to Passenger Lists
+
| 60th Regt.
 +
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 100 days)
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/92/mode/2up Co. A-K]
 +
| Aug. 1864 - Nov. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0060RIM Details]
 +
| ---
 +
|-
 +
| 61st Regt.
 +
| Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(1 year)
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/126/mode/2up Co. A-K]
 +
| Aug. 1864 - Aug. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0061RI Details]
 +
| ---
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 62nd Regt.
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Inf.<br>(1 year)
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/164/mode/2up Co. A-D, Un.]
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mar. 1865 - May 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0062RI Details]
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Regt. never fully organized; officers never mustered in
 +
|-
 +
| 1st-13th Unattached Co.
 +
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 90 days)
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/180/mode/2up Single Cos.]
 +
| Apr. 1864 - Aug. 1864<br>Details for: [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0001CIM 1st]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0002CIM1 2nd]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0003CIM 3rd]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0004CIM 4th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0005CIM 5th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0006CIM 6th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0007CIM 7th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0008CIM 8th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0009CIM 9th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0010CIM 10th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0011CIM 11th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0012CIM 12th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0013CIM 13th]
 +
| ---
 +
|-
 +
| 2nd, 15th-23rd Unattached Co.
 +
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 100 days)
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/228/mode/2up Single Cos.]
 +
| July 1864 - Nov. 1864<br>Details for: [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0002CIM2 2nd]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0015CIM 15th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0016CIM 16th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0017CIM2 17th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0018CIM 18th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0019CIM 19th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0020CIM 20th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0021CIM 21th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0022CIM 22nd]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0023CIM 23rd]
 +
| ---
 +
|-
 +
| 2nd,<br>17th-21st,<br>24th-27th Unattached Co.
 +
| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(Inf. - 100 days re-enlisted)<br>(Inf. - 1 year)
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/264/mode/2up Single Cos.]
 +
| Nov. 1864 - July 1865<br>Details for: [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0002CIM2 2nd]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0017CIM1 17th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0018CIM 18th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0019CI 19th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0020CIM 20th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0021CIM 21th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0024CI 24th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0025CI 25th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0026CI 26th]; [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0027CI 27th]
 +
| ---
 
|-
 
|-
|  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 3rd Batt. of Rifles
| [[#imm01|Introduction]]  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(3 months)
|  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/302/mode/2up Co. A-D]
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Apr. 1861 - July 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0003B0M Details]  
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
|-
 
|-
|  
+
| 4th Batt. of Inf.
| <center>Records:</center>
+
| Mass. Vol. Mil.
|  
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/316/mode/2up Single Cadet Units, Co. A-B]
 +
| May 1862 - Oct. 1862<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0004BIM Details]
 +
| Includes Boston and Salem Cadets Militia
 
|-
 
|-
| [[#pass01|Boston]]
+
| Co. B, 7th Regt.
| [[#pass02|Chicopee]]  
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| Mass. Vol. Militia<br>(Inf. - 6 months)
| [[#pass03|Fall River]]
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/332/mode/2up Single Co.]  
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| June 1862 - Dec. 1862
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| ---
 
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| [[#pass04|Gloucester]]
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| 1st Battery L. Art.
| [[#pass05|New Bedford]]  
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| Mass. Vol. Mil.<br>(3 months)
| [[#pass06|Provincetown]]
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/336/mode/2up Single Co.]  
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| Apr. 1861 - Aug. 1861<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMACOOKCAL Details]
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| Called Cook's Battery
 
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| [[#pass07|Salem/Beverly]]  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 1st [Ind.] Battery
| [[#pass08|Woods Hole]]  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
| [[#pass09|Misc. Ports]]
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/342/mode/2up Single Co.]  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Aug. 1861 - Oct. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0001YAL Details]  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
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|  
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| 2nd [Ind.] Battery
| [[#pass10|Online Records]]  
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years - Re-enlisted)
|  
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/354/mode/2up Single Co.]
|}
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| Apr. 1861 - Aug. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0002YAL Details]
<center>'''Introduction'''</center>
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| ---
Immigration records, i.e. passenger lists, started in the modern sense by the Commonwealth in 1848, though customs manifest records survive back to 1820 for Boston. Federal law required manifests in 1883 and took over the creation of these records in 1891. The earlier original records are at the Massachusetts Archives and the post-1890 record with the National Archives and Records Administration. The contact information for both [[#Archives|archives]] is found below.<br>  
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| 3rd [Ind.] Battery
These passenger lists get more detailed as time goes on. The earliest records include the name of the vessel, the Master of the vessel, embarkation port, arrival port, arrival date, names of passengers (their age, sex, occupation, country of origin). More details such as a contact/nearest relative at home, who they are coming to see in the U.S., and other such information.<br>  
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
 
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/370/mode/2up Single Co.]
It was often cheaper to go to Canada first and then continue on to the United States. Between 1 Aug. 1891 and 30 Apr. 1904, records of immigrants traveling from or via Halifax, St. John, and Yarmouth to Boston were filed at Boston. Between 1 May 1904 and 30 June 1929, these records were examined in Canada and not examined in Boston, so their records were filed with the Canadian Border Arrival Records (St. Albans records, NARA publications M1461, M1463, M1464).  
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| Sept. 1861 - Sept. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0003YAL Details]
 
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| ---
NOTE: NARA is used below to mean the National Archives and Records Administration.<br>  
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<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#imm01|Top of Passenger Lists]]</center> <center>'''Records'''<br>[Note: NARA link will give location of records]</center>
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| 4th [Ind.] Battery
{{anchor|pass01}} '''Boston'''
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years - Re-enlisted)
 
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/382/mode/2up Single Co.]  
*Records Relating to Passengers [Boston District], 1820-1891, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4672217 NARA RG 36 NC-154 Inv. 511A] (copies or abstracts only).<br>Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, 1820–1891: with index 1848–1891, {{FHL|70879|item|disp=FHL film 205656 (first of 397 films)}}.<br>Note: There are gaps in the records from 1855-1856, and between 31 Mar. 1874 to April 1883. The Massachusetts Archives records below do not have the second gap of nine years.<br>
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| Sept. 1861 - Nov. 1864<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0004YAL Details]  
*Registers of passengers arriving in Massachusetts ports, 1848-1891, at the [[#Archives|Massachusetts Archives]], {{FHL|1359597|item|disp=FHL film 2412195 (first of 42)}}.<br>  
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*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, 1891-1943, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4319742 NARA T843].<br>  
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*Book Indexes to Boston Passenger Lists, 1899-1940, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4283812 NARA T790] (chronological).<br>
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 5th [Ind.] Battery
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Jan. 1944-Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2668739 NARA HMS P116].<br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years - Re-enlisted)
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Boston, 06/1948-11/1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674842 NARA HMS P172].<br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/396/mode/2up Single Co.]  
*Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, 1 Jan. 1902-31 Dec. 1920, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4294442 NARA HMS A1-48].<br>Records, 1902-1906, microfilmed on T617 series and indexed on T521 series.<br>Records, 1906-1920, unpublished microfilm and index.<br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Sept. 1961 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0005YAL Details]
*Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, 1921-1949, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4477836 NARA A3453].<br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Boston, Feb. 1945-Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2669077 NARA HMS P119].<br>
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|-
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Boston and Arriving at Yarmouth, N.S., June 1948-Sept. 1953, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674882 NARA HMS P173].<br>  
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| 6th [Ind.] Battery
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Departing from Boston, Jan. 1948-Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674909 NARA HMS P169].<br>
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years - Re-enlisted)
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Yarmouth, N.S., and Arriving at Boston, June 1949-Sept. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2668810 NARA MHS P114].<br>  
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/412/mode/2up Single Co.]  
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Vessels and Airplanes Arriving at Boston, Dec. 1954-June 1983, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2669073 NARA HMS P117] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>  
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| Fall 1861 - Aug. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0006YAL Details]  
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Departing from Boston, Dec. 1954-Nov. 1974, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674817 NARA HMS P171] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>
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*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Boston, Dec. 1957-Nov. 1969, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674785 NARA HMS P120].<br>  
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|-
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Departing from Boston, Dec. 1957-Nov. 1969, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674794 NARA HMS P170].<br>
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| 7th [Ind.] Battery
 
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years - Re-enlisted)
{{anchor|pass02}}
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/428/mode/2up Single Co.]  
 
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| Apr. 1861 - Nov. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0007YAL Details]  
'''Chicopee'''  
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| ---
 
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|-
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Westover Air Force Base, Chicopee, 28 Jan. 1946-28 June 1955, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2990047 NARA HMS P454].<br>  
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| 8th [Ind.] Battery
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Departing from Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, 1 May 1948-31 May 1955, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2990054 NARA HMS P455].<br>
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(6 months)
 
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/444/mode/2up Single Co.]  
{{anchor|pass03}}
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| May 1862 - Nov. 1862<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0008YAL Details]  
 
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| Called Cook's Battery
'''Fall River'''
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|-
 
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 9th [Ind.] Battery
*[Fall River District] Passenger Lists, June 1834-Nov. 1855, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2934412 NARA no number].<br>Note: There are no records for the period October 1836 to June 1838, October 1838 to July 1840, and November 1847 to September 1855.<br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
*[Fall River District] List of Passengers Arriving from Foreign Countries and Returns of the Agent of the Marine Hospital, Apr. 1862-Dec. 1865, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2934330 NARA no number].<br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/452/mode/2up Single Co.]  
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Providence, Davisville, Melville, Newport, Quonset Point, and Tiverton, R.I.; Fall River, Mass.; and New London, Conn., Aug. 1918-Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4051444 NARA A3468].<br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | July 1862 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0009YAL Details]
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Fall River, Mar. 1955-Mar. 1957, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2839401 NARA HMS P456].<br>
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#imm01|Top of Passenger Lists]]</center>  
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|-
{{anchor|pass04}}
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| 10th [Ind.] Battery
 
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
'''Gloucester'''
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/466/mode/2up Single Co.]  
 
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| Aug. 1862 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0010YAL Details]  
*[Gloucester District] Passenger Lists, 1905-1905, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4481607 NARA RG 36 NC-154 Inv. 402].<br>
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| ---
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Gloucester, Oct. 1906-Mar. 1942, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4319760 NARA M1321].<br>Guide at {{FHL|1377181|item|disp=FHL book 973 J53m no. 1321}} or {{FHL|719583|item|disp=FHL film 2155646}}.<br>  
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|-
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Gloucester, Dec. 1960-Jan. 1966, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2694764 NARA HMS P215] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>
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| 11th [Ind.] Battery
 
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(9 months)
{{anchor|pass05}}
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/478/mode/2up Single Co.]  
 
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| Aug. 1862 - July 1863<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0011YAL2 Details]  
'''New Bedford'''
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| Called Jones' Battery
 
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|-
*[New Bedford District] Records Relating to Passengers, 1820-1940, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4728348 NARA RG 36 NC-154 Inv. 588-591].<br>Includes Inward Passenger Lists, 1821-1899 (588); Outward Passenger Lists, 1867-1870, 1872-1899 (589); Abstracts of Passenger Lists, 1820-1852, 1861-1865, 1877-1894 (590); Abstracts of Passenger Departures, 1877-1893 (590A); Index to Inward Passenger Lists, 1875-1894 (591).<br>  
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| 11th [Ind.] Battery
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, 1 July 1902-July 1942, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4397773 NARA T944].<br>  
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
*Index to Passengers Arriving at New Bedford, 1 July 1902-18 Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4489229 NARA T522].<br>  
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/486/mode/2up Single Co.]
*Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, May 1917-Dec. 1943, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4492823 NARA T942].<br>  
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| Dec. 1863 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0011YAL1 Details]
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, 14 Dec. 1945-18 Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2990078 NARA HMS P463].<br>  
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| Enlarged from 11th Ind. Battery (9 months)
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from New Bedford, 27 Feb. 1959-11 Aug. 1966, [http://research.archives.gov/description/3432820 NARA HMS P620] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>  
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|-
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, 5 Apr. 1945-7 July 1978, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2990065 NARA HMS P464] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 12th [Ind.] Battery
 
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
{{anchor|pass06}}  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/494/mode/2up Single Co.]  
 
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Sept. 1862 - July 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0012YAL Details]  
'''Provincetown'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
 
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|-
*Passenger Lists for Provincetown, 1887-1895, and Abstracts of Passenger Lists, 1820-1826, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4478173 NARA RG 36 NC-154 Inv. 554-555].<br>
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| 13th [Ind.] Battery
 
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
{{anchor|pass07}}
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/506/mode/2up Single Co.]
 
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| Oct. 1862 - July 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0013YAL Details]  
'''Salem and Beverly District'''
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| ---
 
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|-
*Reports of Alien Passengers Used in the Settlement of French Spoliation Claims, 1798-1800, [http://research.archives.gov/description/3997625 NARA NC-154 442].<br>
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| 14th [Ind.] Battery
*Passenger Lists, 1815-1883, [http://research.archives.gov/description/5554422 NARA no number].<br>
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
 
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/522/mode/2up Single Co.]
{{anchor|pass08}}
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| Jan. 1864 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0014YAL Details]  
 
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| ---
'''Woods Hole'''  
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|-
 
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| 15th [Ind.] Battery
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Woods Hole, 9 Mar. 1955-19 Sept. 1968, [http://research.archives.gov/description/3033374 NARA HMS P529] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>
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| Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
 
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/532/mode/2up Single Co.]  
{{anchor|pass09}}
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| Winter 1862 - Aug. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0015YAL Details]
 
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| ---
'''Miscellaneous Ports'''  
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|-
 
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 16th [Ind.] Battery
*Copies of Lists of Passengers Arriving at Miscellaneous Ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and at Ports on the Great Lakes, 1820-1873, [http://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/port/atlantic-gulf-great-lakes.html#m575 NARA M575].<br>A Supplemental Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports (excluding New York) 1820–1874, [http://www.archives.gov/research/microfilm/m334.pdf NARA M334], {{FHL|67478|item|disp=FHL films 418161–4181348}}.<br>These records include the ports of Barnstable (1820-1826), Dighton (1820-1836), Edgartown (1820-1870), Fall River (1837-1865), Gloucester (1820-1870), Marblehead (1820-1849), Nantucket (1830-1862), New Bedford (1826-1852), Newburyport (1821-1839), and Plymouth (1821-1844).<br>
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. L. Art.<br>(3 years)
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#imm01|Top of Passenger Lists]]</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/546/mode/2up Single Co.]  
{{anchor|pass10}}
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mar. 1864 - July 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0016YAL Details]  
<center>'''Online records'''</center>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | ---
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1860873 Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891] at FamilySearch.org.<br> This is the National Archives M277 series. There are gaps in the records from 1855-1856, and between 31 Mar. 1874 to April 1883. The latter gap can be found in the records at the [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/PassengerManifestSearchContents.html Massachusetts Archives].<br>  
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|-
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1923995 Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943], at FamilySearch.org.<br>This is the National Archives T843 series. It is currently [July 2013] only browsable by volumes (records are in chronological order).<br>
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| 1st Regt.
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#imm01|Top of Passenger Lists]]</center>  
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| Mass. Vol. H. Art.<br>(3 years)
{{anchor|imm02}}
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/554/mode/2up Co. A-M, Un.]  
 
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| June 1861 - Aug. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0001RAH Details]  
==== Naturalization Records  ====
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{| width="50%" border="1" class="wikitable" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
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| 2nd Regt.
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| Mass. Vol. H. Art.<br>(3 years)
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/656/mode/2up Co. A-M, Un.]  
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| May 1863 - Sept. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0002RAH Details]  
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| ---
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|-
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| 3rd Regt.
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| Mass. Vol. H. Art.<br>(3 years)
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol51931mass#page/770/mode/2up Co. A-M, Un.]
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| May 1863 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0003RAH Details]
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| ---
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|}
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<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]] | [[#mil08|Top of Civil War]]</center>  
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{{anchor|cw10}}<br>
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<center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>4th+ Heavy Artillery, Calvary, Mass. Men in other States, and U.S. Army'''</center>  
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{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
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|-
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| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
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|-
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| width="10%" align="center" | '''Unit Name'''
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| width="20%" align="center" | '''Type'''  
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| width="15%" align="center" | '''Roster'''
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| width="20%" align="center" | '''Service'''  
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| width="35%" align="center" | '''History'''
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|-
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 4th Regt.
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. H. Art.<br>(3 years)  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/n7/mode/2up Co. A-M]  
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Aug. 1864 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0004RAH Details]
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|-
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| 29th &amp; 30th Unattached Cos.
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| Mass. Vol. H. Art.<br>(1 year)  
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/66/mode/2up Two Cos.]  
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| Sept. 1864 - June 1865<br>Details: [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0029CAH 29th] and [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0030CAH 30th]
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| ---
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|-
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| 1st Batt.
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| Mass. Vol. H. Art.<br>(3 years)
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/80/mode/2up Co. A-F, Un.]  
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| Feb. 1862 - Oct. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0001BAH Details]  
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| ---
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|-
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| 1st Regt.
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| Mass. Vol. Cav.<br>(3 years)
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/128/mode/2up Co. A-M, Un.]
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| Sept. 1861 - June 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0001RC Details]  
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| ---
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|-
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 2nd Regt.
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Cav.<br>(3 years)
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/228/mode/2up Co. A-M, Un.]
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Dec. 1862 - Aug. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0002RC Details]
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Cos. A, E, F, L, and M raised in California
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|-
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| 3rd Regt.
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| Mass. Vol. Cav.<br>(3 years)
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/328/mode/2up Co. A-M, Read's Co., Un.]
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| Sept. 1861 - Oct. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0003RC Details]
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| ---
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|-
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| 4th Regt.
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| Mass. Vol. Cav.<br>(3 years)
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/420/mode/2up Co. A-M, Un.]
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| Feb. 1864 - Nov. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0004RC Details]
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| ---
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|-
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| 5th Regt.
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| Mass. Vol. Cav. (Col.)<br>(3 years)
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/492/mode/2up Co. A-M, Un.]
 +
| Fall 1863 - Nov. 1865<br>[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UMA0005RC00C Details]
 +
| ---
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | 1st Batt.
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Vol. Cav.<br>(1 year)
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/544/mode/2up Co. A-E, Un.]
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Winter 1864 - June 1865
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Attached to 26th Regt., N.Y. Cav., Frontier Cav.
 +
|-
 +
| n/a
 +
| n/a
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/566/mode/2up by State served]
 +
| n/a
 +
| List of Mass. Men who served in 29 other states
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" | Quick Links to Naturalization Records
+
| n/a
 +
| Mass. Officers
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/754/mode/2up alphabetical]
 +
| n/a
 +
| In the U.S. Army and U.S. Vol.
 
|-
 
|-
|  
+
| n/a
| [[#nat00|Introduction]]  
+
| Mass. Soldiers
| [[#nat30|Bibliography]]  
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol61931mass#page/778/mode/2up alphabetical, A-L]
|  
+
| n/a
 +
| In the U.S. Army and U.S. Vol.
 +
|}
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<center>'''Massachusetts Civil War Units<br>Mass. Men in U.S. Army, Veteran Reserve Corps, Colored Troops, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps'''</center>
 +
{| width="95%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1" align="center"
 
|-
 
|-
| '''Federal:'''  
+
| colspan="5" | The information in the lists of Massachusetts Military Units comes from the [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors] web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.
| [[#nat01|Barnstable]]
+
|-
| [[#nat02|Berkshire]]
+
| width="10%" align="center" | '''Unit Name'''
| [[#nat03|Bristol]]
+
| width="20%" align="center" | '''Type'''  
 +
| width="15%" align="center" | '''Roster'''
 +
| width="20%" align="center" | '''Service'''
 +
| width="35%" align="center" | '''History'''
 
|-
 
|-
| [[#nat04|Dukes]]
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | n/a
| [[#nat05|Essex]]  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Soldiers
| [[#nat06|Franklin]]
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol71931mass#page/n11/mode/2up alphabetical, M-Z]  
| [[#nat07|Hampden]]
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | n/a
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | In the U.S. Army and U.S. Vol.
 
|-
 
|-
| [[#nat08|Hampshire]]
+
| n/a
| [[#nat09|Middlesex]]  
+
| Mass. Soldiers
| [[#nat10|Nantucket]]
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol71931mass#page/48/mode/2up alphabetical by Unit]  
| [[#nat11|Norfolk]]
+
| n/a
 +
| Misc. Units in U.S. Army and U.S. Vol.
 
|-
 
|-
| [[#nat12|Plymouth]]
+
| n/a
| [[#nat13|Suffolk]]  
+
| Mass. Enlistments
| [[#nat14|Worcester]]
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol71931mass#page/122/mode/2up alphabetical]  
|  
+
| n/a
 +
| In Veteran Reserve Corps, originally the Invalid Corps
 
|-
 
|-
| '''State:'''
+
| n/a
| [[#nat15|Barnstable]]
+
| Mass. Officers
| [[#nat16|Berkshire]]  
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol71931mass#page/288/mode/2up alphabetical]  
| [[#nat17|Bristol]]
+
| n/a
 +
| In U.S. Colored Troops
 
|-
 
|-
| [[#nat18|Dukes]]
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | n/a
| [[#nat19|Essex]]  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Soldiers
| [[#nat20|Franklin]]
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol71931mass#page/316/mode/2up alphabetical]  
| [[#nat21|Hampden]]
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | n/a
 +
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | In U.S. Colored Troops
 
|-
 
|-
| [[#nat22|Hampshire]]
+
| n/a
| [[#nat23|Middlesex]]  
+
| Mass. Officers
| [[#nat24|Nantucket]]
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol71931mass#page/418/mode/2up alphabetical]  
| [[#nat25|Norfolk]]
+
| n/a
 +
| In U.S. Navy
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Plymouth County Massachusetts genealogy#Naturalization_Records|Plymouth]]
+
| n/a
| [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts#mcr04|Suffolk]]
+
| Enlisted Men
| [[#nat28|Worcester]]
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol71931mass#page/534/mode/2up alphabetical, A-E]  
| [[#nat29|Sec. of State]]
+
| n/a
|}
+
| In U.S. Navy
<center>State county links being moved to county pages<br>as they are created</center>
 
{{anchor|nat00}}
 
<center>'''Introduction'''</center>
 
The first uniform laws to govern the naturalization process were enacted in 1790. The purpose was to give rights to the foreign-born man (and woman after 1922) as if he was a native-born man. Depending on the period, this would include owning land and voting. Any court in the land could naturalize a man, but all that was consolidated under a federal system in 1906. The declaration of intent, with some exceptions, was the first step in the process (sometimes called first papers). This often was files within the first couple years of residency. The second and third steps were to petition for citizenship and to receive a certificate of citizenship from the court petitioned. This could be filed as soon as one to three years after the declaration, though it may not be in the same court or state as the declaration. These were sometimes called the final or second papers). This guide is to the records covering the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is broken down into those records held by the federal government and those held by the state. Index cards usually include the name of the immigrant, age, birth date, place and date of certificate of admission, petition number, and occasionally the spouse's name. Read the [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]] section for the United States to learn more about the whole process.<br>
 
<center>'''Federal Naturalization Records for Massachusetts'''</center>
 
{| width="100%" border="1" class="wikitable"
 
 
|-
 
|-
! width="125" scope="col" | Record
+
| n/a
! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
+
| Enlisted Men
! width="125" scope="col" | Location
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol81931mass#page/n9/mode/2up alphabetical, F-Z]  
! width="175" scope="col" | Index
+
| n/a
! width="350" scope="col" | Microfilm/Online
+
| In U.S. Navy
|-
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-001-049.html#21 U.S. District Court<br>of Massachusetts]
 
| 1789-1991
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham], RG 21
 
|  
 
| [http://research.archives.gov/description/595176 Petitions and Records of Naturalization of the U.S. District Court and Circuit Courts of the District of Massachusetts], 1906-1929, M1368.<br>Petitions and Records, {{FHL|573146|item|disp=FHL film 1578248 (1st of 55)}}<br>ONLINE at [http://www.fold3.com/title_112/naturalizations-ma/ fold3] ($).<br>-----<br>Index to Naturalization Petitions and Records of the U.S. District Court, 1906-1966, and the U.S. Circuit Court, 1906-1911, for the District of Massachusetts, M1545, {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (first of 117)}}.<br>ONLINE at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1834334 Massachusetts Naturalization Index, 1906-1966], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Ancestry] ($), and [http://www.fold3.com/title_98/naturalization-index-ma/ fold3] ($).<br>-----<br>NARA, RG 21, Primary declarations, 1798-1946, Naturalization records, 1790-1906, Petitions, #1195587-2353923, Certified declarations, v. 131-257, Index to declarations, 1912-1940, {{FHL|1257420|item|disp=FHL film 2416289 (1st of 498)}}<br>-----<br>NARA, RG 21, Naturalization records, 1845-1906 (#1-449-103), Declarations, 1845-1911, Depositions of witnesses (#1-290739), and Index to declarations, 1906-1911, {{FHL|1344633|item|disp=FHL film 2414774 (1st of 191)}}<br>-----<br>Petitions, v. 1 (ca. 1787-1906) ['''film only'''], v. 2-252 (1847-1902) ['''digital only'''], {{FHL|2098233|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7048053 (1st of 254)}} (part of index below)<br>-----<br>Repatriation of soldiers, 1918-1941, {{FHL|1376353|item|disp=FHL film 2416188 Item 1}}<br>-----<br>Repatriation of women who married non-American citizens, 1936-1945, {{FHL|1376354|item|disp=FHL film 2416188, 2416217}}<br>-----<br>Overseas military naturalization petitions, 1943-1945, {{FHL|1376357|item|disp=FHL film 2416218}}<br>-----<br>Index to declarations, 1943-1955, {{FHL|1201470|item|disp=FHL films 2371827-2371828}}
 
 
|-
 
|-
| U.S. Circuit Court<br>of Massachusetts
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | n/a
| 1790-1911
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | Mass. Officers
| See above.  
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol81931mass#page/888/mode/2up alphabetical]
| See above.
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | n/a
| See above.
+
| bgcolor="#ffcc99" | In U.S. Marine Corps
 
|-
 
|-
| Consolidated court index
+
| n/a
| 1790-1906<br>1907-1926
+
| Mass. Enlisted Men
| U.S. District Court, Boston
+
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssol81931mass#page/888/mode/2up alphabetical]
| An index
+
| n/a
| {{FHL|393728|item|disp=FHL film 1420205 (1st of 17)}}
+
| In U.S. Marine Corps
|-
+
|}
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service]  
+
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| 1787-1955
+
{{anchor|mil09}}
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham], RG 85
+
<center>'''Spanish-American War'''</center>
| Soundex index card file at NARA - Waltham
+
'''Federal Records:'''
| [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2064580 Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931] (browsable by county, then court, as of July 2013 - no Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, or Hampshire county records).<br>Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/research/microfilm/m1299.pdf M1299].<br>ONLINE at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906].
+
 
|-
+
The following are national records where information regarding Massachusetts soldiers and sailors may be found. This list was not compared to or include records found at the National Archives. It is only the list of ONLINE records from FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and fold3.com.
| {{anchor|nat01}}<br>'''Barnstable Co.'''
+
 
|-
+
*General Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the War with Spain, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1919583 FamilySearch.org], the NARA series was NOT identified, browsable only in alphabetical order; [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2400 Ancestry] ($) (searchable), NARA M871 series.<br>  
| Supreme Judicial Ct.  
+
*General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1919699 FamilySearch.org] [59% completed in Aug. 2013] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4654 Ancestry] ($), being NARA T288 series.<br>
| 1827-1886
+
*Civil War and later Pension Index, 1861-1917, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1471019 FamilySearch.org] and [http://www.fold3.com/title_57/civil_war_and_later_veterans_pension_index/ fold3.com] ($), being NARA T289 series.<br>
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
+
'''State Records:'''
| {{FHL|2173425|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7469485}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
 
|-
+
*Original state records held by the [http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/resources/museum/default.aspx National Guard Museum &amp; Archives] in Concord (see their [http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/DevLibrary2/resources/museum/collections.htm#SpanishAmericanWar1898 holdings online]) and a small collection at the [[#Archives|Massachusetts Archives]] (see their [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccol/colidx.htm#military holdings online]).<br>
| {{anchor|nat02}}<br>'''Berkshire Co.'''
+
*Massachusetts Military records, 1817-1915, {{FHL|486195|item|disp=FHL film}} (see catalog entry for correct reel), the Spanish-American War arranged alphabetically by town name by branch of service.<br>
|-
+
*Military records, 1862-1865, 1898-1899, {{FHL|735057|item|disp=FHL film 2110413}}.<br>
| Southern Dist. Ct. (Gt. Barrington) - Naturalization records
+
 
| 1886-1906
+
'''History:'''
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
+
*Frank E. Edwards, ''The '98 campaign of the 6th Massachusetts, U.S.V.'' (Boston, 1899), xix 360 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/98campaignof6thm01edwa Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=_PsLAAAAIAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1383218 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
| {{FHL|2173410|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7469512-7469514}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
*James A. Frye, ''The First Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery: United States Volunteers, in the Spanish-American War of 1898'' (Boston, 1899), xvi, 258 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/firstregimentmas00frye Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=3_kLAAAAIAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/476117 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|81552|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 M2fj or film 1415264}}.<br>
 +
*Herbert O. Hicks and Fred A. Simmons, ''Company M and Adams in the War with Spain'' ([Adams, Mass.], 1899), 110 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/18594734 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|264136|item|disp=FHL book 974.41/A2 M2h}}.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/companymadamsinw00hick Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=1P4eAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>Berkshire Genealogist Indexing Committee, ''Index to Company M and Adams in the war with Spain'' (Pittsfield, Mass., 1995), 3 leaves.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/39641300 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1368543|item|disp=FHL book 974.41/A2 M2h index}}.<br>
 +
*John J. McCoy, "The Irish Element in the Second Massachusetts Volunteers in the Recent War (with Spain)" in ''American Irish Historical Society Journal'', 2 [1899]: 85-88.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/journalamerican00obrgoog#page/n98/mode/2up Internet Archive].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1480088 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1656828|item|disp=FHL book 973 B2i v. 1-2}}.<br>
 +
*Harry E. Webber, ''Twelve Months with the Eighth Massachusetts Infantry in the Service of the United States'' (Salem, Mass., 1908), 391 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/twelvemonthswith01webb Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=cG8tAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5070 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2613837 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|102701|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 M2whe or film 1425573 Item 5}} (with digital link).<br>
 +
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 +
{{anchor|mil10}}
 +
<center>'''World War I'''</center>
 +
'''Federal Records:'''
 +
 
 +
The following are national records where information regarding Massachusetts soldiers and sailors may be found. This list was not compared to or include records found at the National Archives. It is only the list of ONLINE records from FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and fold3.com.<br>
 +
 
 +
*World War I Selective Service System draft registration cards, 1917-1918 - Massachusetts, {{FHL|746980|item|disp=FHL film 1684875 (1st of 162)}}.<br>Part of World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, ONLINE at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1968530 FamilySearch.org] or [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Selective service records, and, exemptions as aliens for 1917-1918 - Massachusetts, {{FHL|585815|item|disp=FHL film 1846563 Items 3-4}}.<br>  
 +
*Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918 , [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1858291 FamilySearch.org] or [http://www.fold3.com/title_107/naturalization_index_wwi_soldiers/ fold3.com] ($), being NARA M1952 series.<br>
 +
 
 +
'''State Records:'''
 +
 
 +
*Original state records held by the [http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/resources/museum/default.aspx National Guard Museum &amp; Archives] in Concord (see their [http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/DevLibrary2/resources/museum/collections.htm#WorldWarI19171918 holdings online]) or {{FHL|459748|item|disp=FHL film}} and {{FHL|476101|item|disp=FHL film}} (see catalog entry for correct film).<br>
 +
*Casualties from Massachusetts in World War I, 1918, Enlistments, Enrollments, Medical Examinations, Detachments, {{FHL|486195|item|disp=FHL film 1544205 (1st of 15)}}.<br>
 +
 
 +
'''History:'''  
 +
 
 +
*William Mitchell Haulsee, ''Soldiers of the Great War'' [Registers of Dead] (Washington, D.C., 1920), 3v. (Mass. in v. 2).<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/soldiersgreatwa00doylgoog Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=vcwMAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1165817 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|285556|item|disp=FHL book 973 M23s or fiche 6051244}} (with digital link for v. 2 - Massachusetts).<br>
 +
*David Allen Lambert, "World War I Resources at NEHGS - A Bibliography" online at [http://www.americanancestors.org/world-war-I-resources-at-NEHGS/ AmericanAncestors.org] ($).<br>
 +
*Francis Andrew March, ''History of the World War: an authentic narrative of the World’s greatest war, including the treaty of peace and the League of Nation’s covenant'' (Philadelphia, 1919), 736 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historyofworldwa00marc Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=TXMpAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1179857 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Ashley Kay Nuckols, Deaths, American Expeditionary Force, W.W.I, 1917, 1918. Massachusetts ([Tazewell, Va.?, 1995]), 1v.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/45166897 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1016344|item|disp=FHL book 973 M2nda v. 6}}.<br>
 +
*Eben Putnam, ''Report of the Commission on Massachusetts' Part in the World War'' (Boston, 1929-1931), 2v.<br>Digital version at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi001comm v. 1] and[http://archive.org/details/reportofcommissi002comm v. 2]).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1842742 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|663337|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 M2pe v. # or film 1698087 Item 12}}.<br>
 +
*United States Bureau of Naval Personnel, ''Officers and enlisted personnel of the United States Naval Services who died during the World War'' (Washington, D.C., 1920; rep. Fairfield, Ca., 1989), 812 pp.<br>No digital version found.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1187918 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] or [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25485604 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] (reprint); Not at FHL.<br>
 +
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 +
<center>'''World War II'''</center>
 +
'''Federal Records:'''
 +
 
 +
The following are national records where information regarding Massachusetts soldiers and sailors may be found. This list was not compared to or include records found at the National Archives. It is only the list of ONLINE records from FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and fold3.com.<br>
 +
 
 +
*World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2028680 FamilySearch.org], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8939 Ancestry] ($), and [http://www.fold3.com/title_831/wwii_army_enlistment_records/ fold3.com] (free).<br>
 +
*World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1143 Ancestry] ($) and [http://www.fold3.com/title_829/wwii_navy_muster_rolls/ fold3.com] ($) [50% complete in Aug. 2013].<br>
 +
*Selective Service System registration cards [World War II]&nbsp;: fourth registration, 1942, {{FHL|1191484|item|disp=FHL film 2371930 (1st of 166)}}.<br>Note: This "Old Man's" draft was for those born between 28 Apr. 1877 and 16 Feb. 1897, being NARA M2090 series.<br>ONLINE at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1861144 FamilySearch.org] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*World War II Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, 1942-1948, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2251 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8919 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1102 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1122 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4283 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2441 Ancestry] ($) and [http://www.fold3.com/title_848/veterans_affairs_birls_death_file/ fold3.com] (free).<br>
 +
 
 +
'''State Records:'''
 +
 
 +
Original state records held by the [http://www.mass.gov/veterans/cemeteries-and-honors/military-records/war-records-in-ma.html Military War Records Office] in Milford. General access to these records is restricted.<br>
 +
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{{anchor|mil12}}  
 +
<center>'''Korean Conflict'''</center>  
 +
'''Federal Records:'''  
 +
 
 +
Many of the personnel files for this conflict were lost in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center fire in St. Louis. For more general information about researching this war, see this wiki's [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Korean_War_1950_to_1953 Korean War] page.<br>
 +
 
 +
The following are national records where information regarding Massachusetts soldiers and sailors may be found. This list was not compared to or include records found at the National Archives. It is only the list of ONLINE records from FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and fold3.com.<br>
 +
 
 +
*Korean War Battle Deaths, 1950-1957, at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2127893 FamilySearch.org] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1033 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Korean War Dead and Army Wounded, 1950-1953, at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2127897 FamilySearch.org] and [http://www.fold3.com/title_838/korean_war_casualties/ fold3.com] ($).<br>
 +
*Korean War Prisoners of War, 1950-1954, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8850 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War, 1950-1954, at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2127902 FamilySearch.org].<br>
 +
*World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4283 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
 
 +
'''State Records:'''
 +
 
 +
*Original state records held by the [http://www.mass.gov/veterans/cemeteries-and-honors/military-records/war-records-in-ma.html Military War Records Office] in Milford. General access to these records is restricted.<br>
 +
 
 +
'''History:'''
 +
 
 +
*Bevin R. Alexander, ''Korea: The First War We Lost'' (New York, 1986; rep. 2004), xv, 558 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20994629 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Richard M. Bassett, ''And the Wind Blew Cold: The Story of an American POW in North Korea'' (Kent, Ohio, 2002), xiii, 117 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/748371333 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*Albert D. Biderman, ''March to Calumny: The Story of American POW's in Korea'' (New York, 1963; rep. 1979), 326 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4956442 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*T. R. Fehrenbach, ''This Kind of War'' (New York, 1963; rep. many times), xi, 483 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/30074190 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
*James I. Matray, ed., ''Historical Dictionary of the Korean War'' (New York, 1991), xxxiii, 626 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22766347 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|532148|item|disp=FHL book 973 M26h}}.<br>
 +
*Jarry G. Summers, ''Korean War Almanac'' (New York, 1990), xv, 330 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/19722569 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|369813|item|disp=FHL book 973 M2su}}.<br>
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<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]]</center>
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{{anchor|mil13}}  
 +
<center>'''Vietnam Conflict'''</center>
 +
For general information on research this war, see this wiki's [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Vietnam_War_1964_to_1972 Vietnam War page].<br>
 +
 
 +
'''Federal Records:'''
 +
 
 +
The following are national records where information regarding Massachusetts soldiers and sailors may be found. This list was not compared to or include records found at the National Archives. It is only the list of ONLINE records from FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and fold3.com.<br>
 +
 
 +
*Military Fatal Casualties of the Vietnam War for Massachusetts, download [http://www.archives.gov/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/ma-alpha.pdf pdf file here].<br>
 +
*Military Personnel who Died During the Vietnam War, 1956-2003, at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2127916 FamilySearch.org].<br>
 +
*Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam War, documenting the period 8 June 1956 - 21 Jan. 1998, [http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-description.jsp?s=512&cat=WR28&bc=,sl search online database] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3095 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Vietnam War, Casualties Returned Alive, 1962-1979, at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8846 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 +
*Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C., images at [http://www.fold3.com/title_485/vietnam_veterans_memorial/ fold3.com] (free).<br>
 +
 
 +
'''State Records:'''
 +
 
 +
Original state records held by the [http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/resources/museum/default.aspx National Guard Museum &amp; Archives] in Concord (see their [http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/DevLibrary2/resources/museum/collections.htm#VietnamWar19641975 holdings online])
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<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] | [[#Military|Top of Military]]</center>
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=== Immigration  ===
 +
 
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{| width="40%" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;" class="wikitable"
 
|-
 
|-
| Fourth Dist. Ct. (Adams) - Petitions and Naturalizations
+
! colspan="2" | Quick Links to Immigration Records
| 1895-1906
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| {{FHL|2173407|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7469515-7469519}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Lee Police Ct. - Naturalization records
+
| [[#imm01|Passenger Lists]]
| 1900-1906
+
| [[#imm02|Naturalization Records]]
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| {{FHL|2173411|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7469519}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| North Adams Dist. Ct. - Naturalization records
+
| [[#imm03|Other Records]]
| 1891-1906
+
| [[#imm04|Bibliography]]
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
|}
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
+
 
| {{FHL|2173414|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7469497-7469511}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
There are many types of records to help researchers with a better understanding of their immigrant's arrival to the United States. Presented here are the two main groups: passenger lists and naturalization records. Other records would include passports, border crossings, and special collections. Each section has a specific bibliography and a general list is found from the links above.  
 +
 
 +
{{anchor|imm01}}  
 +
 
 +
==== Passenger Lists  ====
 +
 
 +
{| width="50%" border="1" class="wikitable" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
 
|-
 
|-
| Pittsfield Court of Common Pleas - Naturalization records
+
! colspan="3" | Quick Links to Passenger Lists
| 1787-1860
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| {{FHL|2173415|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7469486-7469496}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Pittsfield Dist. Ct. - Naturalization records
+
|  
| 1885-1906
+
| [[#imm01|Introduction]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
+
|  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| {{FHL|2173416|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7485672-7485676}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Supreme Judicial Court (Pittsfield) - Naturalization records
+
|  
| 1787-1876
+
| <center>Records:</center>
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
+
|  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| {{FHL|2173418|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7485685-7485695}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat03}}<br>'''Bristol Co.'''
+
| [[#pass01|Boston]]
| <br>1st Dist.
+
| [[#pass02|Chicopee]]
| <br>Taunton
+
| [[#pass03|Fall River]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Supreme Judicial Ct.
+
| [[#pass04|Gloucester]]
| 1814-1885
+
| [[#pass05|New Bedford]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[#pass06|Provincetown]]
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| {{FHL|2173422|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7510302 (1st of 4)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Ct. of Common Pleas
+
| [[#pass07|Salem/Beverly]]  
| 1805-1867
+
| [[#pass08|Woods Hole]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[#pass09|Misc. Ports]]
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| {{FHL|2173419|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7510270 (1st of 6)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
|  
| 1856-1885
+
| [[#pass10|Online Records]]
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
+
|  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
|}
| {{FHL|2173421|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7510290 (1st of 6)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
<center>'''Introduction'''</center>
|-
+
Immigration records, i.e. passenger lists, started in the modern sense by the Commonwealth in 1848, though customs manifest records survive back to 1820 for Boston. Federal law required manifests in 1883 and took over the creation of these records in 1891. The earlier original records are at the Massachusetts Archives and the post-1890 record with the National Archives and Records Administration. The contact information for both [[#Archives|archives]] is found below.<br>
| District Court
+
 
| 1885-1895
+
These passenger lists get more detailed as time goes on. The earliest records include the name of the vessel, the Master of the vessel, embarkation port, arrival port, arrival date, names of passengers (their age, sex, occupation, country of origin). More details such as a contact/nearest relative at home, who they are coming to see in the U.S., and other such information.<br>
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
+
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
It was often cheaper to go to Canada first and then continue on to the United States. Between 1 Aug. 1891 and 30 Apr. 1904, records of immigrants traveling from or via Halifax, St. John, and Yarmouth to Boston were filed at Boston. Between 1 May 1904 and 30 June 1929, these records were examined in Canada and not examined in Boston, so their records were filed with the Canadian Border Arrival Records (St. Albans records, NARA publications M1461, M1463, M1464).
| {{FHL|2173420|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7510282 (1st of 3)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
 
|-
+
NOTE: NARA is used below to mean the National Archives and Records Administration.<br>
| <br>'''Bristol Co.'''  
+
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#imm01|Top of Passenger Lists]]</center> <center>'''Records'''<br>[Note: NARA link will give location of records]</center>  
| <br>2nd Dist.
+
{{anchor|pass01}} '''Boston'''
| <br>Fall River
+
 
|-
+
*Records Relating to Passengers [Boston District], 1820-1891, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4672217 NARA RG 36 NC-154 Inv. 511A] (copies or abstracts only).<br>Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, 1820–1891: with index 1848–1891, {{FHL|70879|item|disp=FHL film 205656 (first of 397 films)}}.<br>Note: There are gaps in the records from 1855-1856, and between 31 Mar. 1874 to April 1883. The Massachusetts Archives records below do not have the second gap of nine years.<br>
| District Court
+
*Registers of passengers arriving in Massachusetts ports, 1848-1891, at the [[#Archives|Massachusetts Archives]], {{FHL|1359597|item|disp=FHL film 2412195 (first of 42)}}.<br>  
| 1885-1906
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, 1891-1943, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4319742 NARA T843].<br>
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
*Book Indexes to Boston Passenger Lists, 1899-1940, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4283812 NARA T790] (chronological).<br>
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Jan. 1944-Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2668739 NARA HMS P116].<br>
| {{FHL|2173409|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7485697 (1st of 31)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Boston, 06/1948-11/1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674842 NARA HMS P172].<br>  
|-
+
*Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, 1 Jan. 1902-31 Dec. 1920, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4294442 NARA HMS A1-48].<br>Records, 1902-1906, microfilmed on T617 series and indexed on T521 series.<br>Records, 1906-1920, unpublished microfilm and index.<br>
| <br>'''Bristol Co.'''
+
*Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, 1921-1949, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4477836 NARA A3453].<br>
| <br>3rd Dist.
+
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Boston, Feb. 1945-Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2669077 NARA HMS P119].<br>
| <br>New Bedford
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Boston and Arriving at Yarmouth, N.S., June 1948-Sept. 1953, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674882 NARA HMS P173].<br>  
|-
+
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Departing from Boston, Jan. 1948-Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674909 NARA HMS P169].<br>  
| District Court
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Yarmouth, N.S., and Arriving at Boston, June 1949-Sept. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2668810 NARA MHS P114].<br>
| 1885-1906
+
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Vessels and Airplanes Arriving at Boston, Dec. 1954-June 1983, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2669073 NARA HMS P117] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Departing from Boston, Dec. 1954-Nov. 1974, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674817 NARA HMS P171] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Boston, Dec. 1957-Nov. 1969, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674785 NARA HMS P120].<br>  
| {{FHL|2173413|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7497800 (1st of 13)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Departing from Boston, Dec. 1957-Nov. 1969, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2674794 NARA HMS P170].<br>
|-
+
 
| <br>'''Bristol Co.'''
+
{{anchor|pass02}}
| <br>4th Dist.  
+
 
| <br>Attleboro
+
'''Chicopee'''
|-
+
 
| District Court
+
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Westover Air Force Base, Chicopee, 28 Jan. 1946-28 June 1955, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2990047 NARA HMS P454].<br>
| 1904-1906
+
*Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Departing from Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, 1 May 1948-31 May 1955, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2990054 NARA HMS P455].<br>
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
{{anchor|pass03}}  
| {{FHL|2173408|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7485696}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
 
|-
+
'''Fall River'''
| {{anchor|nat04}}<br>'''Dukes Co.'''
+
 
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
+
*[Fall River District] Passenger Lists, June 1834-Nov. 1855, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2934412 NARA no number].<br>Note: There are no records for the period October 1836 to June 1838, October 1838 to July 1840, and November 1847 to September 1855.<br>
|-
+
*[Fall River District] List of Passengers Arriving from Foreign Countries and Returns of the Agent of the Marine Hospital, Apr. 1862-Dec. 1865, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2934330 NARA no number].<br>
| {{anchor|nat05}}<br>'''Essex Co.'''
+
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Providence, Davisville, Melville, Newport, Quonset Point, and Tiverton, R.I.; Fall River, Mass.; and New London, Conn., Aug. 1918-Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4051444 NARA A3468].<br>
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
+
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Fall River, Mar. 1955-Mar. 1957, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2839401 NARA HMS P456].<br>
|-
+
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#imm01|Top of Passenger Lists]]</center>
| {{anchor|nat06}}<br>'''Franklin Co.'''
+
{{anchor|pass04}}
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
+
 
|-
+
'''Gloucester'''
| {{anchor|nat07}}<br>'''Hampden Co.'''
+
 
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
+
*[Gloucester District] Passenger Lists, 1905-1905, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4481607 NARA RG 36 NC-154 Inv. 402].<br>
|-
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Gloucester, Oct. 1906-Mar. 1942, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4319760 NARA M1321].<br>Guide at {{FHL|1377181|item|disp=FHL book 973 J53m no. 1321}} or {{FHL|719583|item|disp=FHL film 2155646}}.<br>
| {{anchor|nat08}}<br>'''Hampshire Co.'''
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Gloucester, Dec. 1960-Jan. 1966, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2694764 NARA HMS P215] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
+
 
|-
+
{{anchor|pass05}}
| {{anchor|nat09}}<br>'''Middlesex Co.'''
+
 
|-
+
'''New Bedford'''
| Ct. of Common Pleas<br>Supreme Judicial Ct.
+
 
| 1809-1906
+
*[New Bedford District] Records Relating to Passengers, 1820-1940, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4728348 NARA RG 36 NC-154 Inv. 588-591].<br>Includes Inward Passenger Lists, 1821-1899 (588); Outward Passenger Lists, 1867-1870, 1872-1899 (589); Abstracts of Passenger Lists, 1820-1852, 1861-1865, 1877-1894 (590); Abstracts of Passenger Departures, 1877-1893 (590A); Index to Inward Passenger Lists, 1875-1894 (591).<br>  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, 1 July 1902-July 1942, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4397773 NARA T944].<br>
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
*Index to Passengers Arriving at New Bedford, 1 July 1902-18 Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4489229 NARA T522].<br>
| {{FHL|2109612|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7117754 (1st of 15)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
*Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, May 1917-Dec. 1943, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4492823 NARA T942].<br>
|-
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, 14 Dec. 1945-18 Nov. 1954, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2990078 NARA HMS P463].<br>  
| First Dist. Ct.<br>No. Middlesex (Ayer) - Records
+
*Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from New Bedford, 27 Feb. 1959-11 Aug. 1966, [http://research.archives.gov/description/3432820 NARA HMS P620] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>
| 1887-1906
+
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, 5 Apr. 1945-7 July 1978, [http://research.archives.gov/description/2990065 NARA HMS P464] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
{{anchor|pass06}}  
| {{FHL|2109613|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7117737, 7117739}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
 
|-
+
'''Provincetown'''
| First Dist. Ct.<br>So. Middlesex (Framingham) - Records
+
 
| 1885-1906
+
*Passenger Lists for Provincetown, 1887-1895, and Abstracts of Passenger Lists, 1820-1826, [http://research.archives.gov/description/4478173 NARA RG 36 NC-154 Inv. 554-555].<br>
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
+
{{anchor|pass07}}
| {{FHL|2109617|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7137302 (1st of 3)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
 
|-
+
'''Salem and Beverly District'''
| First Dist. Ct.<br>E. Middlesex (Malden) - Records
+
 
| 1885-1906
+
*Reports of Alien Passengers Used in the Settlement of French Spoliation Claims, 1798-1800, [http://research.archives.gov/description/3997625 NARA NC-154 442].<br>
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
*Passenger Lists, 1815-1883, [http://research.archives.gov/description/5554422 NARA no number].<br>
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
 
| {{FHL|2109615|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7156001 (1st of 13)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
{{anchor|pass08}}  
|-
+
 
| First Dist. Ct.<br>E. Middlesex (Waltham) - Records
+
'''Woods Hole'''
| 1885-1906
+
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
*Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Woods Hole, 9 Mar. 1955-19 Sept. 1968, [http://research.archives.gov/description/3033374 NARA HMS P529] (records over 50 years accessible).<br>
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
 
| {{FHL|2109614|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7173060-7173066}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
{{anchor|pass09}}
|-
+
 
| Fourth Dist. Ct.<br>E. Middlesex (Woburn) - Records
+
'''Miscellaneous Ports'''
| 1885-1906
+
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
*Copies of Lists of Passengers Arriving at Miscellaneous Ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and at Ports on the Great Lakes, 1820-1873, [http://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/port/atlantic-gulf-great-lakes.html#m575 NARA M575].<br>A Supplemental Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports (excluding New York) 1820–1874, [http://www.archives.gov/research/microfilm/m334.pdf NARA M334], {{FHL|67478|item|disp=FHL films 418161–4181348}}.<br>These records include the ports of Barnstable (1820-1826), Dighton (1820-1836), Edgartown (1820-1870), Fall River (1837-1865), Gloucester (1820-1870), Marblehead (1820-1849), Nantucket (1830-1862), New Bedford (1826-1852), Newburyport (1821-1839), and Plymouth (1821-1844).<br>
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
+
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#imm01|Top of Passenger Lists]]</center>
| {{FHL|2109607|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7173043-7173047}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
{{anchor|pass10}}  
|-
+
<center>'''Online records'''</center>
| Lowell Dist Ct. - Records
+
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1860873 Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891] at FamilySearch.org.<br> This is the National Archives M277 series. There are gaps in the records from 1855-1856, and between 31 Mar. 1874 to April 1883. The latter gap can be found in the records at the [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/PassengerManifestSearchContents.html Massachusetts Archives].<br>
| 1836-1906
+
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1923995 Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943], at FamilySearch.org.<br>This is the National Archives T843 series. It is currently [July 2013] only browsable by volumes (records are in chronological order).<br>
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#imm01|Top of Passenger Lists]]</center>
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
+
{{anchor|imm02}}
| {{FHL|2109616|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7137236 (1st of 55)}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
 
|-
+
==== Naturalization Records  ====
| Marlborough Dist. Ct. - Records
+
 
| 1885-1906
+
{| width="50%" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;" class="wikitable"
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
 
| {{FHL|2109610|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7173056-7173059}} (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
| {{anchor|nat10}}<br>'''Nantucket Co.'''
 
|-
 
| Court of Common Pleas<br> Supreme Judicial Ct.
 
| 1804-1903
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
 
| {{FHL|2109618|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7173072-7173083}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat11}}<br>'''Norfolk Co.'''
+
! colspan="4" | Quick Links to Naturalization Records
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court<br>Court of Common Pleas<br>Supreme Judicial Court<br>Dist. Ct. (Dedham)
+
|  
| 1804-1906
+
| [[#nat00|Introduction]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[#nat30|Bibliography]]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
|  
| {{FHL|2109619|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187235 (1st of 8)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Dist. Ct. (Quincy)
+
| '''Federal:'''
| 1886-1906
+
| [[#nat01|Barnstable]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[#nat02|Berkshire]]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| [[#nat03|Bristol]]
| {{FHL|2109623|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187245-7187252}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Dist. Ct. (Stoughton)
+
| [[#nat04|Dukes]]
| 1891-1906
+
| [[#nat05|Essex]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[#nat06|Franklin]]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| [[#nat07|Hampden]]
| {{FHL|2109621|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187241-7187242}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Dist. Ct. (Walpole)
+
| [[#nat08|Hampshire]]
| 1900-1906
+
| [[#nat09|Middlesex]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[#nat10|Nantucket]]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| [[#nat11|Norfolk]]
| {{FHL|2109622|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187243-7187244}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat12}}<br>'''Plymouth Co.'''
+
| [[#nat12|Plymouth]]
 +
| [[#nat13|Suffolk]]
 +
| [[#nat14|Worcester]]
 +
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Court of Common Pleas
+
| '''State:'''
| 1812-1858
+
| [[Barnstable County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Barnstable]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Berkshire]]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| [[Bristol County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Bristol]]
| {{FHL|2195357|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187259-7187263}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Supreme Judicial Court
+
| [[Dukes County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Dukes]]
| 1818-1877
+
| [[Essex County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Essex]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[Franklin County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Franklin]]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| [[Hampden County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Hampden]]
| {{FHL|2195368|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187319}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
| [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Hampshire]]
| 1860-1885
+
| [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Middlesex]]  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[Nantucket County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Nantucket]]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Norfolk]]
| {{FHL|2109626|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187293 (1st of 9)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [First?] District Court (Brockton)
+
| [[Plymouth County Massachusetts genealogy#Naturalization_Records|Plymouth]]  
| 1886-1906
+
| [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts#mcr04|Suffolk]]
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [[Worcester County, Massachusetts#Naturalization_Records|Worcester]]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
+
| [[#nat29|Sec. of State]]
| {{FHL|2109627|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187264 (1st of 16)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
|}
 +
 
 +
{{anchor|nat00}}  
 +
<center>'''Introduction'''</center>
 +
The first uniform laws to govern the naturalization process were enacted in 1790. The purpose was to give rights to the foreign-born man (and woman after 1922) as if he was a native-born man. Depending on the period, this would include owning land and voting. Any court in the land could naturalize a man, but all that was consolidated under a federal system in 1906. The declaration of intent, with some exceptions, was the first step in the process (sometimes called first papers). This often was files within the first couple years of residency. The second and third steps were to petition for citizenship and to receive a certificate of citizenship from the court petitioned. This could be filed as soon as one to three years after the declaration, though it may not be in the same court or state as the declaration. These were sometimes called the final or second papers). This guide is to the records covering the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is broken down into those records held by the federal government and those held by the state. Index cards usually include the name of the immigrant, age, birth date, place and date of certificate of admission, petition number, and occasionally the spouse's name. Read the [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]] section for the United States to learn more about the whole process.<br>
 +
<center>'''Federal Naturalization Records for Massachusetts'''</center>
 +
{| width="100%" border="1" class="wikitable"
 
|-
 
|-
| Second District Court (Abington/Hingham)
+
! width="125" scope="col" | Record
| 1887-1903
+
! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
+
! width="125" scope="col" | Location
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
! width="175" scope="col" | Index  
| {{FHL|2109624|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187254-7187256}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
! width="350" scope="col" | Microfilm/Online
 
|-
 
|-
| Third District Court (Plymouth)
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-001-049.html#21 U.S. District Court<br>of Massachusetts]
| 1885-1906
+
| 1789-1991
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham], RG 21
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
|
| {{FHL|2195377|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187321 (1st of 3)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [http://research.archives.gov/description/595176 Petitions and Records of Naturalization of the U.S. District Court and Circuit Courts of the District of Massachusetts], 1906-1929, M1368.<br>Petitions and Records, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/573146 FHL film 1578248 (1st of 55)]<br>ONLINE at [http://www.fold3.com/title_112/naturalizations-ma/ fold3] ($).<br>-----<br>Index to Naturalization Petitions and Records of the U.S. District Court, 1906-1966, and the U.S. Circuit Court, 1906-1911, for the District of Massachusetts, M1545, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (first of 117)].<br>ONLINE at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1834334 Massachusetts Naturalization Index, 1906-1966], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Ancestry] ($), and [http://www.fold3.com/title_98/naturalization-index-ma/ fold3] ($).<br>-----<br>NARA, RG 21, Primary declarations, 1798-1946, Naturalization records, 1790-1906, Petitions, #1195587-2353923, Certified declarations, v. 131-257, Index to declarations, 1912-1940, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1257420 FHL film 2416289 (1st of 498)]<br>-----<br>NARA, RG 21, Naturalization records, 1845-1906 (#1-449-103), Declarations, 1845-1911, Depositions of witnesses (#1-290739), and Index to declarations, 1906-1911, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1344633 FHL film 2414774 (1st of 191)]<br>-----<br>Petitions, v. 1 (ca. 1787-1906) ['''film only'''], v. 2-252 (1847-1902) ['''digital only'''], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2098233 FHL Digital Capture 7048053 (1st of 254)] (part of index below)<br>-----<br>Repatriation of soldiers, 1918-1941, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1376353 FHL film 2416188 Item 1]<br>-----<br>Repatriation of women who married non-American citizens, 1936-1945, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1376354 FHL film 2416188, 2416217]<br>-----<br>Overseas military naturalization petitions, 1943-1945, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1376357 FHL film 2416218]<br>-----<br>Index to declarations, 1943-1955, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1201470 FHL films 2371827-2371828]
 
|-
 
|-
| Fourth District Court (Middleborough/Wareham)
+
| U.S. Circuit Court<br>of Massachusetts
| 1885-1906
+
| 1790-1911
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
+
| See above.  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| See above.  
| {{FHL|2109625|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7187257-7187258}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| See above.
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat13}}<br>'''Suffolk Co.'''
+
| Consolidated court index
|  
+
| 1790-1906<br>1907-1926
|  
+
| U.S. District Court, Boston
|  
+
| An index
| NOTE: The only court hearing naturalizations in Suffolk County from Sept. 1906 to 1991 was the U.S. Federal District Court
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/393728 FHL film 1420205 (1st of 17)]
 +
|-
 +
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service]
 +
| 1787-1955
 +
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham], RG 85
 +
| Soundex index card file at NARA - Waltham
 +
| [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2064580 Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931] (browsable by county, then court, as of July 2013 - no Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, or Hampshire county records).<br>Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/research/microfilm/m1299.pdf M1299].<br>ONLINE at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906].
 +
|-
 +
| {{anchor|nat01}}<br>'''Barnstable Co.'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Supreme Judicial Court
+
| Supreme Judicial Ct.
| 1790-1845
+
| 1827-1886
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2109628|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7208356 (1st of 15)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173425 FHL Digital Capture 7469485] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 +
|-
 +
| {{anchor|nat02}}<br>'''Berkshire Co.'''
 
|-
 
|-
| U.S. Circuit Court
+
| Southern Dist. Ct. (Gt. Barrington) - Naturalization records
| 1845-1878
+
| 1886-1906
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2135111|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7239020 (1st of 471}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173410 FHL Digital Capture 7469512-7469514] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court (Civil)  
+
| Fourth Dist. Ct. (Adams) - Petitions and Naturalizations
| 1856-1884
+
| 1895-1906
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2136927|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7208272 (1st of 29)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173407 FHL Digital Capture 7469515-7469519] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court (Criminal)
+
| Lee Police Ct. - Naturalization records
| 1860-1906  
+
| 1900-1906  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2115466|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7208301 (1st of 33)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173411 FHL Digital Capture 7469519] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Boston Municipal Court
+
| North Adams Dist. Ct. - Naturalization records
| 1806-1859<br>1885-1905
+
| 1891-1906
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, 1806-1859, {{FHL|2136977|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7221557 (1st of 36)}}; Petitions, 1885-1905, {{FHL|2142891|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7221555}}<br>All part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173414 FHL Digital Capture 7469497-7469511] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Charlestown District Municipal Court  
+
| Pittsfield Court of Common Pleas - Naturalization records
| 1902-1906
+
| 1787-1860
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2115467|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7221654 (1st of 3)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173415 FHL Digital Capture 7469486-7469496] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Chelsea Police Court
+
| Pittsfield Dist. Ct. - Naturalization records
| 1886-1906  
+
| 1885-1906  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2115468|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7221660 (1st of 8)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173416 FHL Digital Capture 7485672-7485676] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Dorchester District Municipal Court  
+
| Supreme Judicial Court (Pittsfield) - Naturalization records
| 1902-1906
+
| 1787-1876
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2115469|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7239072}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173418 FHL Digital Capture 7485685-7485695] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Roxbury District Municipal Court
+
| {{anchor|nat03}}<br>'''Bristol Co.'''
| 1885-1906
+
| <br>1st Dist.
 +
| <br>Taunton
 +
|-
 +
| Supreme Judicial Ct.
 +
| 1814-1885  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2115465|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7239038 (1st of 4)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173422 FHL Digital Capture 7510302 (1st of 4)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| West Roxbury District Municipal Court
+
| Ct. of Common Pleas
| 1892-1906
+
| 1805-1867
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2142911|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7239057}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173419 FHL Digital Capture 7510270 (1st of 6)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
|-
 
| {{anchor|nat14}}<br>'''Worcester Co.'''
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Superior Court  
 
| Superior Court  
| 1837-1906
+
| 1856-1885
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, v. 1-37, {{FHL|2126512|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7254629 (1st of 50)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173421 FHL Digital Capture 7510290 (1st of 6)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Court of Common Pleas
+
| District Court  
| 1798-1859
+
| 1885-1895
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2126513|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7254571 (1st of 5)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173420 FHL Digital Capture 7510282 (1st of 3)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Western Worcester District Court (Brookfield)
+
| <br>'''Bristol Co.'''
| 1902-1906  
+
| <br>2nd Dist.
 +
| <br>Fall River
 +
|-
 +
| District Court  
 +
| 1885-1906  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2115473|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7239085}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173409 FHL Digital Capture 7485697 (1st of 31)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| First Eastern Worcester District Court (Westborough)
+
| <br>'''Bristol Co.'''
| 1892-1906
+
| <br>3rd Dist.  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
+
| <br>New Bedford
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| Petitions, {{FHL|2126524|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7254581}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Second Eastern Worcester District Court (Clinton)
+
| District Court  
 
| 1885-1906  
 
| 1885-1906  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2115470|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7239092 (1st of 9)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173413 FHL Digital Capture 7497800 (1st of 13)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| First Northern Worcester District Court (Gardner)
+
| <br>'''Bristol Co.'''
| 1883-1906
+
| <br>4th Dist.  
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
+
| <br>Attleboro
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| Petitions (#2-1244), {{FHL|2126525|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7254585 (1st of 6)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| First Southern Worcester District Court (Southbridge)
+
| District Court  
| 1898-1905
+
| 1904-1906
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions (#1-576){{FHL|2126526|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7254595}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2173408 FHL Digital Capture 7485696] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Third Southern Worcester District Court (Milford)
+
| {{anchor|nat04}}<br>'''Dukes Co.'''
| 1900-1903
+
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
 
| Petitions (#1-445), {{FHL|2126529|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7254634-7254635}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Central Worcester District Court
+
| {{anchor|nat05}}<br>'''Essex Co.'''
| 1885-1906
+
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
 
| Petitions, v. 1-29, {{FHL|2142588|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7270457 (1st of 29)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Fitchburg Police Court
+
| {{anchor|nat06}}<br>'''Franklin Co.'''
| 1885-1904
+
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}  
 
| Petitions (#1-2272){{FHL|2126528|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7239079 (1st of 7)}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Winchendon District Court
+
| {{anchor|nat07}}<br>'''Hampden Co.'''
| 1906  
+
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
 +
|-
 +
| {{anchor|nat08}}<br>'''Hampshire Co.'''
 +
| No federal records as yet digitized at NARA
 +
|-
 +
| {{anchor|nat09}}<br>'''Middlesex Co.'''
 +
|-
 +
| Ct. of Common Pleas<br>Supreme Judicial Ct.
 +
| 1809-1906  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions (#9-46), {{FHL|2126511|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7254559}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109612 FHL Digital Capture 7117754 (1st of 15)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Worcester Police Court
+
| First Dist. Ct.<br>No. Middlesex (Ayer) - Records
| 1851-1854
+
| 1887-1906
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
 
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Petitions, {{FHL|2142634|item|disp=FHL Digital Capture 7283185-7283187}}; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109613 FHL Digital Capture 7117737, 7117739] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
|}
 
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#Naturalization_Records|Top of Naturalization]]</center>
 
<br> The information regarding the state naturalization records comes from a flyer created in 2008 and an inventory conducted by the author in 2012 for microfilms. The "Judicial Archives" in the state table is the [[#Archives|Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Archives]] located in Boston. Note that some material may be stored off-site, so call in advance to schedule an appointment. The location of "Mass. Arch. RR" is the [[#Archives|Massachusetts Archives Reading Room]] located in the same building.<br>
 
<center>'''Massachusetts Naturalization Records'''</center>
 
{| width="100%" border="1" class="wikitable"
 
 
|-
 
|-
! width="125" scope="col" | Record
+
| First Dist. Ct.<br>So. Middlesex (Framingham) - Records
! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
+
| 1885-1906
! width="125" scope="col" | Location
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
! width="175" scope="col" | Index  
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
! width="350" scope="col" | Microfilm/Online
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109617 FHL Digital Capture 7137302 (1st of 3)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat29}}<br>'''Secretary of State'''
+
| First Dist. Ct.<br>E. Middlesex (Malden) - Records
 +
| 1885-1906
 +
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 +
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
 +
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109615 FHL Digital Capture 7156001 (1st of 13)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
| First Dist. Ct.<br>E. Middlesex (Waltham) - Records
| 1920-1923, 1924-1925
+
| 1885-1906
| [[#Archives|Mass. Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Consolidated index of all courts
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|700596|item|disp=FHL film 1940387 (1st of 7)}}
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109614 FHL Digital Capture 7173060-7173066] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| District Court
+
| Fourth Dist. Ct.<br>E. Middlesex (Woburn) - Records
| 1885-1931
+
| 1885-1906
| [[#Archives|Mass. Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Records chronological, each volume indexed
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|700375|item|disp=FHL film 1901984 (1st of 9)}}
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109607 FHL Digital Capture 7173043-7173047] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat15}}<br>'''Barnstable Co.'''
+
| Lowell Dist Ct. - Records
 +
| 1836-1906
 +
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 +
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
 +
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109616 FHL Digital Capture 7137236 (1st of 55)] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
| Marlborough Dist. Ct. - Records
| Declarations, 1907-1935
+
| 1885-1906
| Barnstable courthouse, Hyannis
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Index in each volume
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|584788|item|disp=FHL film 1846562-1846563}}.
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109610 FHL Digital Capture 7173056-7173059] (part of above); Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
| {{anchor|nat10}}<br>'''Nantucket Co.'''
| Naturalizations, 1907-1933
 
| Barnstable courthouse, Hyannis
 
| Index in each volume
 
| {{FHL|584510|item|disp=FHL film 1846237-1846238, 1846338}}.
 
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat16}}<br>'''Berkshire Co.'''
+
| Court of Common Pleas<br> Supreme Judicial Ct.
 +
| 1804-1903
 +
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 +
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
 +
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109618 FHL Digital Capture 7173072-7173083]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
| {{anchor|nat11}}<br>'''Norfolk Co.'''
| 1823-1991
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Card index at Judicial Archives that includes declaration of intention
 
| 1932-1945 at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]<br>Index cards, 1815-1985, {{FHL|600841|item|disp=FHL films 1435842-1435843, 1450553-1450559}}; Index cards, 1815-1906, {{FHL|487811|item|disp=FHL films 1435828-1435830}}.
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court<br>Court of Common Pleas  
+
| Superior Court<br>Court of Common Pleas<br>Supreme Judicial Court<br>Dist. Ct. (Dedham)
| 1848-1885
+
| 1804-1906
| Berkshire Co. courthouse, Pittsfield, in 1986
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Index in each of 6 volumes
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Naturalization declarations and petitions, {{FHL|488018|item|disp=FHL films 1435835-1435838}}.
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109619 FHL Digital Capture 7187235 (1st of 8)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
| Dist. Ct. (Quincy)
| Records, 1906-1945<br>Index, 1829-1936
+
| 1886-1906  
| Berkshire Co. courthouse, Pittsfield, in 1986, and part (index?) at [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Index in each of 32 volumes
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]  
| {{FHL|487828|item|disp=FHL films 1435830-1435835, 2195995-2195996}}, index on 1435835 item 2.
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109623 FHL Digital Capture 7187245-7187252]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
| Dist. Ct. (Stoughton)
| Petitions and records, 1891-1934, 1937-1945
+
| 1891-1906
| Berkshire Co. courthouse, Pittsfield, in 1986
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Index in each volume and index volume, 1826-1938
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|595353|item|disp=FHL films 1435838 (first of 33}}, index on 2196102 item 2.
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109621 FHL Digital Capture 7187241-7187242]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
| Dist. Ct. (Walpole)
| Records, ca. 1866-1941
+
| 1900-1906
| Berkshire Co. courthouse, Pittsfield, in 1986
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| NO index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|595203|item|disp=FHL films 1450664-1450672}}.
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109622 FHL Digital Capture 7187243-7187244]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| All courts
+
| {{anchor|nat12}}<br>'''Plymouth Co.'''
| Docket book, 1856-1887
 
| Berkshire Co. courthouse, Pittsfield, in 1986
 
| n/a
 
| {{FHL|572643|item|disp=FHL films 1450586-1450587}}.
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Pittsfield Dist. Ct.
+
| Court of Common Pleas
| 1885-1906
+
| 1812-1858
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| WPA card index at Judicial Archives
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]  
| [http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/ Berkshire Athenaeum]; {{FHL|474040|item|disp=FHL films 1769722-1769727}}, index on 1769722.
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2195357 FHL Digital Capture 7187259-7187263]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Pittsfield Ct. of Common Pleas
+
| Supreme Judicial Court
| 1843-1856
+
| 1818-1877
| Berkshire Co. courthouse, Pittsfield, in 1986
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| NO index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|595176|item|disp=FHL films 1450634-1450636, 1450663-1450664}}.
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2195368 FHL Digital Capture 7187319]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
|-
 
| {{anchor|nat17}}<br>'''Bristol Co.'''
 
|-
 
| Supreme Judicial Ct.
 
| 1805-1856
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
 
| Indexed
 
| {{FHL|632176|item|disp=FHL film 1863593 (1st of 15}}; Index, {{FHL|632807|item|disp=FHL film 1869523 Item 1}}
 
|-
 
| Supreme Judicial Ct.  
 
| ca. 1852-1885
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Indexed
 
| Records, {{FHL|647837|item|disp=FHL film 1872216 (1st of 6)}}; Index, {{FHL|632855|item|disp=FHL film 1869523 Item 2}}
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Superior Court  
 
| Superior Court  
| 1856-1945
+
| 1860-1885
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| NO index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]  
| {{FHL|615794|item|disp=FHL film 1854469 (1st of 128)}}
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109626 FHL Digital Capture 7187293 (1st of 9)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court  
+
| [First?] District Court (Brockton)
| 1905-1991
+
| 1886-1906
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Card index at Judicial Archives and on microfilm
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| 1905-1945 at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]; 1906-1930, {{FHL|631690|item|disp=FHL film 1862899 (1st of 18)}}<br>Index, 1907-1992, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]], {{FHL|631690|item|disp=FHL film 1869524 (1st of 25)}}
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109627 FHL Digital Capture 7187264 (1st of 16)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court  
+
| Second District Court (Abington/Hingham)
| 1927
+
| 1887-1903
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| NO index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]  
| {{FHL|655127|item|disp=FHL film 1872367 Item 2}}
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109624 FHL Digital Capture 7187254-7187256]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Court of Common Pleas
+
| Third District Court (Plymouth)
| 1805-1885
+
| 1885-1906
| n/a
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Card index on microfilm
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Index, 1833-1885, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]; Index, 1805-1906, {{FHL|489138|item|disp=FHL film 1523081 Item 2}}
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2195377 FHL Digital Capture 7187321 (1st of 3)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 1st Dist. Ct.<br>Taunton
+
| Fourth District Court (Middleborough/Wareham)
| 1884-1895
+
| 1885-1906
| County courthouse, Taunton, in 1988
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Docket book
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|489175|item|disp=FHL film 1530406 Items 2-4}}
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109625 FHL Digital Capture 7187257-7187258]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 1st Dist. Ct.<br>Taunton
+
| {{anchor|nat13}}<br>'''Suffolk Co.'''
| Primary declarations, 1885-1906
+
|  
| County courthouse, Taunton, in 1988
+
|  
| NO index
+
|  
| {{FHL|489193|item|disp=FHL film 1523082 Item 2}}
+
| NOTE: The only court hearing naturalizations in Suffolk County from Sept. 1906 to 1991 was the U.S. Federal District Court
 
|-
 
|-
| 1st Dist. Ct.<br>Taunton
+
| Supreme Judicial Court
| Petition packets, 1885-1906  
+
| 1790-1845
| County courthouse, Taunton, in 1988
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Indexed
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|489208|item|disp=FHL film 1523081 (1st of 9)}}
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2109628 FHL Digital Capture 7208356 (1st of 15)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 1st Dist. Ct.<br>Taunton
+
| U.S. Circuit Court
| Card file, 1885-1906
+
| 1845-1878
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Card index at Judicial Archives
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|489160|item|disp=FHL films 1523101, 1523081}}
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2135111 FHL Digital Capture 7239020 (1st of 471)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 1st Dist. Ct.<br>Taunton
+
| Superior Court (Civil)
| Declarations, 1896-1906  
+
| 1856-1884
| County courthouse, Taunton, in 1988
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| NO index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|489303|item|disp=FHL film 1530406 Item 1}}
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2136927 FHL Digital Capture 7208272 (1st of 29)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 1st Dist. Ct.<br>Taunton
+
| Superior Court (Criminal)
| Final apps., 1896-1906  
+
| 1860-1906
| County courthouse, Taunton, in 1988
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| NO index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|489122|item|disp=FHL film 1523039}}
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2115466 FHL Digital Capture 7208301 (1st of 33)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 1st Dist. Ct.<br>Taunton
+
| Boston Municipal Court
| Declarations, 1901-1906  
+
| 1806-1859<br>1885-1905
| County courthouse, Taunton, in 1992
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Card index, 1885-1906
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Records and index, {{FHL|601001|item|disp=FHL film 1853521 (1st of 5)}}
+
| Petitions, 1806-1859, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2136977 FHL Digital Capture 7221557 (1st of 36)]; Petitions, 1885-1905, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2142891 FHL Digital Capture 7221555]<br>All part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 2nd Dist. Ct.<br>Fall River
+
| Charlestown District Municipal Court
| 1885-1906  
+
| 1902-1906  
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Card index at Judicial Archives and on microfilm
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]; Not at FHL
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2115467 FHL Digital Capture 7221654 (1st of 3)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 3rd Dist. Ct.<br>New Bedford
+
| Chelsea Police Court
| 1885-1906  
+
| 1886-1906  
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| NO index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]  
| NO microfilm
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2115468 FHL Digital Capture 7221660 (1st of 8)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 4th Dist. Ct.<br>Attleboro
+
| Dorchester District Municipal Court
| 1904-1906  
+
| 1902-1906  
| District Court, Attleboro, in 1988
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Docket books
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|573107|item|disp=FHL film 1523041}}
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2115469 FHL Digital Capture 7239072]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| 4th Dist. Ct.<br>Attleboro
+
| Roxbury District Municipal Court
| 1904-1906  
+
| 1885-1906  
| District Court, Attleboro, in 1992
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Card index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| {{FHL|601443|item|disp=FHL film 1853965}}
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2115465 FHL Digital Capture 7239038 (1st of 4)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| All Dist. Cts.
+
| West Roxbury District Municipal Court
| 1906-1909
+
| 1892-1906  
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| NO index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]  
| {{FHL|655032|item|disp=FHL films 1872366-1872367}}
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2142911 FHL Digital Capture 7239057]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| {{Anchor|nat18}}<br>'''Dukes Co.'''  
+
| {{anchor|nat14}}<br>'''Worcester Co.'''
| No records in the archives or on film
 
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat19}}<br>'''Essex Co.'''
+
| Superior Court
 +
| 1837-1906
 +
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 +
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
 +
| Petitions, v. 1-37, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2126512 FHL Digital Capture 7254629 (1st of 50)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Lawrence Superior Court  
+
| Court of Common Pleas
| 1860-1892<br>1907-1982
+
| 1798-1859
| see Judicial Archivist<br>[[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| pre-1925 volume index; card index, 1925-1982
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Records, 1905-1945, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]<br>Declarations, 1920-1945, {{FHL|831448|item|disp=FHL film 2168940 (1st of 11)}}<br>Petitions, 1920-1945, {{FHL|833264|item|disp=FHL film 2169561 (1st of 50)}}<br>Index, 1906-1982, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]] and {{FHL|830791|item|disp=FHL film 2168509 (1st of 7)}}<br>Salem/Lynn/Lawrence Index, 1906-1939, {{FHL|831556|item|disp=FHL film 2168940 Item 1}}
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2126513 FHL Digital Capture 7254571 (1st of 5)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Salem Superior Court  
+
| Western Worcester District Court (Brookfield)
| pre-1907<br>1907-1982
+
| 1902-1906
| see Judicial Archivist<br>[[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Card index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Declarations, 1906-1945, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]] and {{FHL|832137|item|disp=FHL film 2169096 (1st of 23)}}<br>Petitions, 1907-1945, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]] and {{FHL|837720|item|disp=FHL film 2148922 (1st of 86)}}<br>Index, 1906-1982, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]] and {{FHL|831166|item|disp=FHL film 2168660 (1st of 6)}}<br>Salem/Lynn/Lawrence Index, 1906-1939, {{FHL|831556|item|disp=FHL film 2168940 Item 1}}
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2115473 FHL Digital Capture 7239085]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Amesbury<br>District Court  
+
| First Eastern Worcester District Court (Westborough)
| 1906  
+
| 1892-1906  
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| NO index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]  
| NO microfilm
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2126524 FHL Digital Capture 7254581]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Gloucester<br>District Court  
+
| Second Eastern Worcester District Court (Clinton)  
| 1885-1906<br>(with gaps)  
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Indexed dockets
 
| Notice of app., 1885-1900, {{FHL|1328995|item|disp=FHL film 1418524 Item 2}}
 
|-
 
| Lawrence<br>District Court
 
| 1850-1854, 1886-1906<br>(with gaps)
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Indexed dockets
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Lynn<br>District Court
 
 
| 1885-1906  
 
| 1885-1906  
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Card index
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| NO microfilm; index included in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
+
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2115470 FHL Digital Capture 7239092 (1st of 9)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Newburyport<br>District Court  
+
| First Northern Worcester District Court (Gardner)
| 1885-1906<br>(with gaps)
+
| 1883-1906  
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Indexed dockets
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]  
| NO microfilm
+
| Petitions (#2-1244), [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2126525 FHL Digital Capture 7254585 (1st of 6)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Salem<br>District Court  
+
| First Southern Worcester District Court (Southbridge)
| n/a
+
| 1898-1905
| Salem District Courthouse
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| n/a
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| NO microfilm
+
| Petitions (#1-576), [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2126526 FHL Digital Capture 7254595]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat20}}<br>'''Franklin Co.'''
+
| Third Southern Worcester District Court (Milford)
 +
| 1900-1903
 +
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 +
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
 +
| Petitions (#1-445), [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2126529 FHL Digital Capture 7254634-7254635]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court  
+
| Central Worcester District Court  
| 1812-1976
+
| 1885-1906
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]  
| Index at courthouse
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Records, 1907-1945, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]<br>Petitions, 1907-1945, {{FHL|968402|item|disp=FHL film 2195582 (1st of 11)}}<br>Declarations, 1906-1945, {{FHL|973565|item|disp=FHL films 2195580-2195581}}<br>Index, 1811-1991, {{FHL|470061|item|disp=FHL film 1769521-1769526, 1769527}}
+
| Petitions, v. 1-29, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2142588 FHL Digital Capture 7270457 (1st of 29)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Greenfield<br>District Court  
+
| Fitchburg Police Court  
| n/a
+
| 1885-1904
| District courthouse
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| Indexed
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Records, 1891-1906, and Index, 1891-1906, {{FHL|491191|item|disp=FHL films 1765478-1765479}}
+
| Petitions (#1-2272), [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2126528 FHL Digital Capture 7239079 (1st of 7)]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| Orange<br>District Court  
+
| Winchendon District Court  
| n/a
+
| 1906
| District courthouse
+
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
| n/a
+
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
| Final declarations, 1899-1906, {{FHL|473918|item|disp=FHL film 1769564}}
+
| Petitions (#9-46), [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2126511 FHL Digital Capture 7254559]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
|-
| {{anchor|nat21}}<br>'''Hampden Co.'''
+
| Worcester Police Court
 +
| 1851-1854
 +
| [http://www.archives.gov/boston/ National Archives - Waltham]
 +
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/19737 FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)]
 +
| Petitions, [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2142634 FHL Digital Capture 7283185-7283187]; Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 +
|}
 +
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#Naturalization_Records|Top of Naturalization]]</center>
 +
<br> The information regarding the state naturalization records comes from a flyer created in 2008 and an inventory conducted by the author in 2012 for microfilms. The "Judicial Archives" in the state table is the [[#Archives|Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Archives]] located in Boston. Note that some material may be stored off-site, so call in advance to schedule an appointment. The location of "Mass. Arch. RR" is the [[#Archives|Massachusetts Archives Reading Room]] located in the same building.<br>
 +
<center>'''Massachusetts Naturalization Records'''</center>
 +
{| width="100%" border="1" class="wikitable"
 
|-
 
|-
| Supreme Judicial Ct.<br>Ct. of Common Pleas
+
! width="125" scope="col" | Record
| 1812-1859
+
! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
+
! width="125" scope="col" | Location
| Indexed
+
! width="175" scope="col" | Index
| Records, 1816-1859, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]<br>Final adm. and primary declaration, 1840-1852, {{FHL|591751|item|disp=FHL films 1480083-1480087}}<br>Primary declaration, 1853-1877, {{FHL|486298|item|disp=FHL films 1479810-1479812}}<br>Primary and final papers, 1853-1874, {{FHL|486032|item|disp=FHL films 1479802-1479809}}<br>Index, 1812-1861, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]<br>Index, 1812-1853, {{FHL|485876|item|disp=FHL film 1479801 Item 2}}
+
! width="350" scope="col" | Microfilm/Online
 
|-
 
|-
| Superior Court
+
| {{anchor|nat29}}<br>'''Secretary of State'''
| 1860-1991
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Indexed
 
| Records, 1860-1945, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]<br>Pending papers, 1851-1890, and dismissed papers, 1886-1887, {{FHL|486287|item|disp=FHL film 1479809 Items 2-3}}<br>Primary and final papers, 1853-1906, {{FHL|572270|item|disp=FHL films 1450861-1450864}}<br>Naturalization and final adm., 1875-1880, {{FHL|485798|item|disp=FHL film 1451438 (1st of 5)}}<br>Cert. of intention, 1875-1893, {{FHL|486290|item|disp=FHL films 1479809-1479810}}<br>Records, 1879-1906, {{FHL|591782|item|disp=FHL film 1480087 (1st of 9)}}; Declarations, 1906-1931, {{FHL|572069|item|disp=FHL film 1450792 (1st of 28)}}; Petitions of military personnel, 1918, {{FHL|572634|item|disp=FHL film 1450864 Item 2}}; Records, 1927-1945, {{FHL|571163|item|disp=FHL film 1450864 (1st of 98)}}; Index, 1906-1989, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]] and {{FHL|820777|item|disp=FHL film 2132736 (1st of 23)}}; Index, 1812-1906, {{FHL|591530|item|disp=FHL film 1464362-1464363}}; Index, 1906-1986, {{FHL|591530|item|disp=FHL film 1464331-1464361}}<br>
 
|-
 
| Palmer<br>District Court
 
| 1896-1906
 
| District courthouse, Palmer, in 1990
 
| Indexed
 
| Docket, records, and index, 1896-1906, {{FHL|572999|item|disp=FHL film 1673943}}
 
|-
 
| Springfield<br>District Court
 
| 1886-1906
 
| District courthouse, Springfield, in 1990
 
| Indexed
 
| Declaration and naturalization, 1852-1855, {{FHL|565430|item|disp=FHL film 1686074 Items 1-2}}; Naturalization papers and index, 1885-1906, {{FHL|565870|item|disp=FHL film 1686074 (1st of 18)}}; Index, 1886-1906, {{FHL|565957|item|disp=FHL film 1686074 Item 7}}
 
|-
 
| {{anchor|nat22}}<br>'''Hampshire Co.'''
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Superior Court  
 
| Superior Court  
| 1849-1988
+
| 1920-1923, 1924-1925
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
+
| [[#Archives|Mass. Archives]]  
| Card index at Archives
+
| Consolidated index of all courts
| Records, 1849-1934, and Index, 1836-1986, {{FHL|522181|item|disp=FHL film 1508669 (1st of 17)}}; Index, 1859-[1996], {{FHL|781623|item|disp=FHL film 2057085 (1st of 5}}
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/700596 FHL film 1940387 (1st of 7)]
 
|-
 
|-
| Northampton<br>District Court  
+
| District Court  
| 1885-1906
+
| 1885-1931
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
+
| [[#Archives|Mass. Archives]]  
| Card index at Archives
+
| Records chronological, each volume indexed
| Dockets and index, 1885-1906, {{FHL|522178|item|disp=FHL film 1578002 Items 2-5}}
+
| [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/700375 FHL film 1901984 (1st of 9)]
|-
+
|}
| Ware<br>District Court
+
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#Naturalization_Records|Top of Naturalization]]</center>  
| 1903-1906
+
{{anchor|nat30}}<br>  
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
+
<center>'''Bibliography'''</center>  
| Card index at Archives
+
*Frank G. Franklin, ''The Legislative History of Naturalization in the United States from the Revolutionary War to 1861'' (PhD Thesis, 1900; Chicago, 1906; rep. New York, 1969+), ix, 308 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/legislativehisto00fran Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=4JiHAAAAMAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/60732161 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
| Final docket, 1903-1906, {{FHL|572690|item|disp=FHL film 1673945}}
+
*''Guide to the Records in the National Archives - New England Region'' (Washington, D.C., 1989), v, 25 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21542621 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|964411|item|disp=FHL book 973 J53t}} (similar work).<br>  
|-
+
*Walter V. Hickey, "A gold mine of naturalization records in New England" in the ''Bulletin of the Cape Cape Genealogical Society'', 31: 101-106<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9301536 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1845783|item|disp=FHL digital link}} (downloads entire issue).<br>  
| {{anchor|nat23}}<br>'''Middlesex Co.'''
+
*Sidney Kansas, ''Immigration, Exclusion, Deportation and Citizenship of the United States'' (New York, 3rd ed., 1948), x, 460 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4412795 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|610957|item|disp=FHL book 973 W2ka}}.<br>  
|-
+
*James H. Kettner, ''The Development of American Citizenship, 1608-1870'' (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1978), xi, 391 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3627234 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|7209|item|disp=FHL book 973 P4k}}.<br>  
| Superior Court
+
*James C. Neagles and Lila Lee Neagles, ''Locating Your Immigrant Ancestor: A Guide to Naturalization Records'' (Logan, Utah, rev. ed., 1986), xi, 153 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6423879 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|383607|item|disp=FHL book 973 P47n}}; {{FHL|122500|item|disp=FHL 1995 book}} (with digital link).<br>  
| 1842-1991
+
*John J. Newman, ''American Naturalization Processes and Procedures, 1790-1985'' (Indianapolis, Ind., 1985), 43 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12388755 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|314550|item|disp=FHL book 973 P4n}}.<br>  
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
+
*Christina K. Schaefer, ''Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States'' (Baltimore, 1997), xii, 394 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36674082 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|788457|item|disp=FHL book 973 P4s}}.<br>  
| Card index
+
*Marian L. Smith, ''An Immigrant Nation: United States Regulation of Immigration, 1798-1991'' (Washington, D.C., 1991), v, 41 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25505090 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
| Records, 1906-1944, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]; Records, 1841-1884, {{FHL|145215|item|disp=FHL film 963672-963676}}; Declarations, 1906-1945, {{FHL|956632|item|disp=FHL film 2156992 (1st of 10)}}; Petitions, 1911-1945, {{FHL|959722|item|disp=FHL film 2188907 (1st of 30)}}; Card index, 1800-1885, {{FHL|487757|item|disp=FHL film 1420474 Item 2}}; Index, 1906-1984, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]] and {{FHL|955303|item|disp=FHL film 2155887 (1st of 14)}}
+
*U.S. Department of Justice, ''Directory of Courts Having Jurisdiction in Naturalization Proceedings'' (Washington, D.C., 1908; rep. many times through 1979), 252 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/directorycourts00natugoog Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=eKoGAAAAMAAJ Google Books], and [http://pds.lib.harvard.edu/pds/view/6466350 Harvard University].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12593620 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|477392|item|disp=FHL film 1730286}} (1963 ed.).<br>
|-
+
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#Naturalization_Records|Top of Naturalization]]</center>  
| Lowell<br>District Court
+
{{anchor|imm03}}
| 1885-1906
+
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
+
==== Other Records  ====
| Docketed
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Malden<br>District Court
 
| 1885-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Docketed
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Newton<br>District Court
 
| 1885-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Card index
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Somerville<br>District Court
 
| 1886-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Docketed, 1894-1906
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Woburn<br>District Court
 
| 1894-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Docketed, 1892-1906
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| {{anchor|nat24}}<br>'''Nantucket Co.'''
 
|-
 
| Superior Court
 
| 1803-1974
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Card index
 
| Records, 1908-1945, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]; Declarations, 1908-1945, Petitions, 1910-1945, and Citizenship granted, 1930-1945, {{FHL|818997|item|disp=FHL films 2132425-2132426}}
 
|-
 
| {{anchor|nat25}}<br>'''Norfolk Co.'''
 
|-
 
| Superior Court
 
| 1806-1958
 
| Superior Court, Dedham and Quincy
 
| Card indexes
 
| DEDHAM: Declarations, 1906-1931; Petitions, 1906-1931; Index to records, 1806-1906 [note: rec. not at FHL]; Index to declarations, 1907-1958; Index to petitions, 1907-1958; Index to declarations and petitions, 1920-1958; QUINCY: Declarations, 1920-1937; Petitions, 1920-1931; Citizenship granted, 1929-1939, {{FHL|479889|item|disp=FHL film 1522670 (1st of 68)}}
 
|-
 
| Dedham<br>District Court
 
| 1885-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Card index
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Quincy<br>District Court
 
| 1885-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Card index
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Stoughton<br>District Court
 
| 1891-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
| Wrentham<br>District Court
 
| 1900-1904
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]  
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
| {{anchor|nat28}}<br>'''Worcester Co.'''
 
|-
 
| Superior Court
 
| 1809-1991
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Card index
 
| Records, 1906-1945, at [[#Archives|Mass. Arch. RR]]<br>Petitions, 1906-1945, v. 1-165 (#1-43193), and Petition index, 1885-1939, 1939-1949, {{FHL|738770|item|disp=FHL film 2111407 (1st of 123)}}<br>Declarations, 1909-1945, v. 1-101 (#1-57057), {{FHL|819045|item|disp=FHL film 2132429 (1st of 32)}}<br>Returns of naturalization, 1916-1929, {{FHL|700468|item|disp=FHL film 1902579}}<br>Naturalization records index, 1943-1978, and Declarations index, 1943-1978, {{FHL|737641|item|disp=FHL film 2110956 (1st of 10)}}
 
|-
 
| Clinton District Court
 
| 1891-1896
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Card index
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Dudley/Webster District Court
 
| 1885-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Card index
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Fitchburg District Court
 
| 1885-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Card index
 
| NO microfilm
 
|-
 
| Grafton/Westborough District Court
 
| 1885-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|-
 
| Worcester District Court
 
| 1850-1855<br>1885-1906
 
| [[#Archives|Judicial Archives]]
 
| Part of Card Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906, [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 NARA M1299], {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL film 1429671 (1st of 117)}}
 
| Part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474 New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906]
 
|}
 
<center>[[#top|Top of Page]] || [[#Immigration|Top of Immigration]] || [[#Naturalization_Records|Top of Naturalization]]</center>  
 
{{anchor|nat30}}<br>  
 
<center>'''Bibliography'''</center>  
 
*Frank G. Franklin, ''The Legislative History of Naturalization in the United States from the Revolutionary War to 1861'' (PhD Thesis, 1900; Chicago, 1906; rep. New York, 1969+), ix, 308 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/legislativehisto00fran Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=4JiHAAAAMAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/60732161 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
 
*''Guide to the Records in the National Archives - New England Region'' (Washington, D.C., 1989), v, 25 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21542621 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|964411|item|disp=FHL book 973 J53t}} (similar work).<br>  
 
*Walter V. Hickey, "A gold mine of naturalization records in New England" in the ''Bulletin of the Cape Cape Genealogical Society'', 31: 101-106<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9301536 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1845783|item|disp=FHL digital link}} (downloads entire issue).<br>  
 
*Sidney Kansas, ''Immigration, Exclusion, Deportation and Citizenship of the United States'' (New York, 3rd ed., 1948), x, 460 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4412795 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|610957|item|disp=FHL book 973 W2ka}}.<br>  
 
*James H. Kettner, ''The Development of American Citizenship, 1608-1870'' (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1978), xi, 391 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3627234 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|7209|item|disp=FHL book 973 P4k}}.<br>  
 
*James C. Neagles and Lila Lee Neagles, ''Locating Your Immigrant Ancestor: A Guide to Naturalization Records'' (Logan, Utah, rev. ed., 1986), xi, 153 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6423879 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|383607|item|disp=FHL book 973 P47n}}; {{FHL|122500|item|disp=FHL 1995 book}} (with digital link).<br>  
 
*John J. Newman, ''American Naturalization Processes and Procedures, 1790-1985'' (Indianapolis, Ind., 1985), 43 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12388755 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|314550|item|disp=FHL book 973 P4n}}.<br>  
 
*Christina K. Schaefer, ''Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States'' (Baltimore, 1997), xii, 394 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36674082 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|788457|item|disp=FHL book 973 P4s}}.<br>  
 
*Marian L. Smith, ''An Immigrant Nation: United States Regulation of Immigration, 1798-1991'' (Washington, D.C., 1991), v, 41 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25505090 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
 
*U.S. Department of Justice, ''Directory of Courts Having Jurisdiction in Naturalization Proceedings'' (Washington, D.C., 1908; rep. many times through 1979), 252 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/directorycourts00natugoog Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=eKoGAAAAMAAJ Google Books], and [http://pds.lib.harvard.edu/pds/view/6466350 Harvard University].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12593620 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|477392|item|disp=FHL film 1730286}} (1963 ed.).<br>
 
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*Canadian Border Crossings, 1908-1935 [''from the U.S.''], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1344 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
 
*Canadian Border Crossings, 1908-1935 [''from the U.S.''], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1344 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
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*U.S. Consular Posts, Emergency Passport Applications, 1915-1925, [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1505 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 
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*American Antiquarian Society, Worcester (see details below under [[#Libraries_and_Societies|Libraries]]), collects all things in print before 1876. They hold the largest single collection of [http://www.americanantiquarian.org/newspapers.htm original newspapers] in the country.<br>  
 
*American Antiquarian Society, Worcester (see details below under [[#Libraries_and_Societies|Libraries]]), collects all things in print before 1876. They hold the largest single collection of [http://www.americanantiquarian.org/newspapers.htm original newspapers] in the country.<br>  
 
*Boston Public Library, Boston (see details below under [[#Libraries_and_Societies|Libraries]]), is the repository for Massachusetts part of the national effort to microfilm all known existing copies of newspapers called the [http://www.bpl.org/research/newspapers/ Massachusetts Newspaper Program]. For their holdings, see the [http://www.bpl.org/research/microtext/news.htm online guide] for newspapers.<br>
 
*Boston Public Library, Boston (see details below under [[#Libraries_and_Societies|Libraries]]), is the repository for Massachusetts part of the national effort to microfilm all known existing copies of newspapers called the [http://www.bpl.org/research/newspapers/ Massachusetts Newspaper Program]. For their holdings, see the [http://www.bpl.org/research/microtext/news.htm online guide] for newspapers.<br>
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| <center>Massachusetts Archives<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>617-727-2816<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccol/colidx.htm website]</center>  
| The Archives holds the official records created by all parts of state government from 1629 to the present. The earliest material is found in the [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccol/colmac.htm Massachusetts Archives Collection]. Common resources for genealogists and historians detailed in their [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcgen/genidx.htm online guide] are state vital records (starting in 1841), passenger lists, census, military records, the [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts#Suffolk_Files|Suffolk Files]], naturalizations, divorces, probate, name changes, adoptions, [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts#Land_Records_and_Atlases|Suffolk Deeds]], and many other records.<br>{{anchor|mac}}-----<br>The Massachusetts Archives Collection contains 328 volumes about early Massachusetts history (1629-1799). It is also called the Felt Collection. Rev. Joseph Felt organized most of the collection in the 1830s; the last third was added in the late nineteenth century. Most of the collection is available on microfilm.<br>  
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| The Archives holds the official records created by all parts of state government from 1629 to the present. The earliest material is found in the [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccol/colmac.htm Massachusetts Archives Collection]. Common resources for genealogists and historians detailed in their [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcgen/genidx.htm online guide] are state vital records (starting in 1841), passenger lists, census, military records, the [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts#Suffolk_Files|Suffolk Files]], naturalizations, divorces, probate, name changes, adoptions, [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts#Land_Records_and_Atlases|Suffolk Deeds]], and many other records.<br>{{anchor|mac}}-----<br>The Massachusetts Archives Collection contains 328 volumes about early Massachusetts history (1629-1799). It is also called the Felt Collection. Rev. Joseph Felt organized most of the collection in the 1830s; the last third was added in the late nineteenth century. Most of the collection is available on microfilm.<br>  
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*Search the Archive's [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/RevolutionarySearchContects.html online index]. Only 18 of the 328 volumes are indexed.<br>  
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| This branch of the National Archives serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The paper records of this branch are extensive and listed in detail on their [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/index.html online guide to holdings]. The major group researchers use is the [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-001-049.html#21 records of the district and circuit courts]. These courts had jurisdiction over naturalization, bankruptcy, civil (law, equity, and admiralty), and criminal cases. The [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 records of the immigration and naturalization service] (INS) hold the "dexigraph" copies of naturalization declarations, petitions, and other documents dated 1787-1906, from Federal, State, and local courts in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. An accompanying card index covers all six New England States, 1787-1906 (Connecticut courts, 1787-1940). Related material on passenger lists and Canadian border crossings are held here.
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| The Judicial Archives offices are in downtown Boston, but their holdings are in shared space at the State Archives at 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, and several off-site storage facilities. The Archives contains the pre-1860 records of the predecessor courts of the Superior Court (Court of General Sessions of the Peace and Inferior Court of Common Pleas) for 9 counties. Other records in the Judicial Archives include Supreme Judicial Court and Superior Court of Judicature; predominantly pre-1900 probate records of Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Plymouth, and Worcester counties; a limited number of County Court records; records of some Justices of the Peace, naturalization records and records of a small number of special courts. Probate, naturalization and divorce records are especially useful for those doing genealogical research.
 
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| This branch of the National Archives serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The paper records of this branch are extensive and listed in detail on their [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/index.html online guide to holdings]. The major group researchers use is the [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-001-049.html#21 records of the district and circuit courts]. These courts had jurisdiction over naturalization, bankruptcy, civil (law, equity, and admiralty), and criminal cases. The [http://www.archives.gov/boston/holdings/rg-050-099.html#85 records of the immigration and naturalization service] (INS) hold the "dexigraph" copies of naturalization declarations, petitions, and other documents dated 1787-1906, from Federal, State, and local courts in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. An accompanying card index covers all six New England States, 1787-1906 (Connecticut courts, 1787-1940). Related material on passenger lists and Canadian border crossings are held here.
 
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| This archive was established in 1995 and documents the Massachusetts National Guard organized in 1636 and the archives of the Office of the Adjutant General that includes Massachusetts military records from 1775 to 1940. Researchers should call at least one day in advance for a free appointment.
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts

This is a genealogical and historical guide to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its state-level records. You will find help with state vital records, histories, church archives, newspaper collections, genealogical libraries, understanding the court system, military records, and immigration and naturalization records.

Massachusetts History

Brief History

This region of New England was home to many Algonquian-speaking Indians. They had been visited by British and other European countries' fishermen for more than a century before the first permanent European settlement. Not long before this first settlement began, the native population was decimated by a European-borne disease, likely smallpox, that left many of their villages empty. The Separatist Pilgrims were the first to arrive in 1620 to establish Plymouth Colony at Plymouth. There were several early and later attempts for settlement up the coast into Maine (which would be part of Massachusetts until statehood in 1820). The second permanent settlement was by Puritans who arrived in 1629 to establish the Massachusetts Bay Colony at Salem.

These two colonies coexisted for many years, but geography and politics were on the side of the Massachusetts Bay. The Royal Province of New Hampshire was created in 1680 that separated the District of Maine off from the center of population of the colony now firmly established at Boston. The British colonies developed more independent practices regarding trade, religion, and governance. King Charles II finally rescinded the charter for Massachusetts Bay in 1684. This action was implemented by King James II. The colony continued as it was until Sir Edmund Andros arrived to become the Royal Governor of the newly created Dominion of New England effectively in 1686. This united the colonies of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth. Soon New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Haven, New York, and New Jersey would be added to the Dominion with the government seated at Boston. Andros quickly moved to take away most liberties colonists enjoyed and thus his rule was extremely unpopular. When King James II was overthrown in late 1688 by William and Mary, colonist at Boston overthrew Andros and his administration there in 1689. For lack of guidance by England, the colonies resumed their previous form of governments through 1691.

The next major geo-political event was the merger of the Massachusetts Bay and the Plymouth Colony into the newly rechartered Royal Province of Massachusetts Bay in 1691 that began its new government under Sir William Phips in 1692. The territory included what is Maine and the Elizabeth, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket Islands (the islands removed from the control of New York). Major border disputes were settled as follows: New Hampshire (1740), Rhode Island (1746 - succeeded towns of Barrington, Bristol, Little Compton, Tiverton, Warren, and the newly created Cumberland to R.I.), Connecticut (1749 - succeeded towns of Enfield, Somers, Suffield, and Woodstock to Conn.), New York (1773 - twenty miles west of the Hudson; 1853 - Boston Corners section of Mount Washington to N.Y.), and Maine (1820 - succeeded as new state in Missouri Compromise).

Historical Data

Border changes
Dates Events
10 Apr. 1606 The Plymouth Company granted between 38°N (near Md.-Va. border) and 45°N (near Me.-N.B. border) which overlapped with the Virginia Company of London below 41°N (near Conn.-N.Y. border). After a failed attempt to colonize at the Popham Colony near present-day Phippsburg, Me., in 1607 (the settlers all left one year later), the patent fell into disuse. The London Company was re-chartered in 1609 for exclusive use up to 41°N.
3 Mar. 1619/20 Petition for a Charter of New England by the Northern Company of Adventurers settling between 40°N and 45°.
3 Nov. 1620 The Plymouth Council for New England granted a royal patent for land between 34°N and 45°N. Plymouth Colony settled at Plymouth in that year, though not initiated by the Council.
1 June 1621 The Pilgrims acquired a new land patent for the settlement they created at Plymouth.
10 Aug. 1622 The Council granted a patent for the Province of Maine to Ferdinando Gorges and John Mason that covered between the Merrimack and Kennebec rivers. The men agreed to split this patent and Mason received the portion south of the Piscataqua River on 17 Nov. 1629 in a grant. This grant was reconfirmed on 3 Feb. 1634/5. Gorges obtained a royal charter for his portion in 1639.
in 1624 The Council established a fishing village at present-day Gloucester financed and governed by the Dorchester Company. The Company withdrew their support at the end of 1625. A few settlers remained and eventually moved further south.
in 1628 The Council created the "New England Company for a Plantation in Massachusetts Bay" (commonly called the Massachusetts Bay Colony) was established at Salem first with the remaining settlers from the Dorchester Company and 100 new settlers. This grant was for the land between the Charles and Merrimack rivers with a buffer of three miles above and below these borders. In 1629, 300 more settlers were sent to Salem. Concerned about the conflict in land claims, this group sought a royal charter for the colony which it received on 18 Mar. 1628/9. The shareholders decided to move the board to the colony (a first in the North American colonies), and the majority of the shareholders bought out those who did not want to emigrate. They elected John Winthrop to be the Governor of the new colony.
13 Jan. 1629/30 The Charter of New Plymouth defined the colony as east of Narragansett Bay and south from the mouth of the Pawtucket River [now Blackstone River] to the mouth of the Cohasset River.
26 June 1630 The Council for New England patented the Province of Lygonia, being southwest of the Sagadahoc River [now Kennebec River] 40 miles long and 40 miles wide.
7 June 1635 The Plymouth Council for New England surrendered its charter to the King. Basically, all land outside of Massachusetts Bay was under the authority of the Crown.
3 Apr. 1639 King Charles I granted the Province of Maine to Ferinando Gorges as a proprietary colony that included the land between the Kennebec and Piscataqua Rivers inland 120 miles plus the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Thomas Gorges, a distant relative of Ferdinando Gorges, established a government there in 1640, creating counties, and conducting the colony until its annexation by Massachusetts Bay in 1652.
14 June 1641 New Hampshire voluntarily accepted the jurisdiction of Massachusetts Bay since the dissolution of the Council for New England and the death of John Mason.
in Oct. 1641 Thomas Mayhew, father and son, of Watertown purchased the title to Nantucket Island, Martha's Vineyard, and the Elizabeth Islands from Lord Stirling and Ferdinando Gorges. These islands were not part of the Massachusetts Bay.
in 1642 The southern boundary west for Massachusetts Bay was set per the charter of 1629/30 as 3 miles south of the Charles River thus defining the border between it and the colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
27 Aug. 1645 For its participation in the Pequot War (1636-1637), Massachusetts Bay claimed the land between the Thames and Pawcautck Rivers plus Block Island. It tried to secure a patent for this area but was deemed invalid.
in Mar. 1646/7 Lygonia gained the overlapping territory with Maine and reduced Maine to a few settlements.
26 May 1652 Massachusetts Bay interpreted their 1628/9 charter's northern line as 43° 40' 12" North claiming from the Casco Bay in Maine west through central New Hampshire and Vermont to the New York border.
20 Nov. 1652 Using the interpretation above, Massachusetts Bay established Yorkshire County covering the land between the Piscataqua and Kennebec Rivers thus eliminating the Province of Lygonia. This county went into abeyance in Nov. 1664, reinstated as York County on 27 May 1668, eliminated by the creation of the District of Maine on 17 Mar. 1679/80, and reinstated again under the new Massachusetts Bay royal charter of 7 Oct. 1691.
18 Sept. 1658 The Commissioners of the United Colonies of New England settle the border dispute over the Pequot Country settling the border between Connecticut and Massachusetts Bay as the Mystic River, thus leaving Massachusetts Bay with a claim to land between the Mystic and Pawcatuck Rivers. Massachusetts Bay gave up its claim to this land and also Block Island on 19 Oct. 1664.
23 Apr. 1662 King Charles II grant a charter to Connecticut that gave its eastern border as the Narragansett Bay, eliminating the claim by Massachusetts Bay and overlapping with Rhode Island's patent.
7 May 1662 Massachusetts Bay created Hampshire County out of unregulated area being roughly the center of present-day Worcester County west to the New York border, being all territory within 30 miles of the settlements of Springfield, Northampton, and Hadley.
8 July 1663 King Charles II granted Rhode Island a new charter that moved present-day Cumberland, R.I., out of Massachusetts Bay and some eastern lands out of New Plymouth, but these lines seemed not enforced. New Plymouth protested the infringement of its patent. A royal commission set this boundary as the Blackstone River and the east side of Narragansett Bay pending a royal decision on 27 Feb. 1664/5. The same commission made the Narragansett Country a separate entity ending Connecticut's claim, but having Rhode Island govern the area on 8 Apr. 1665.
12 Mar. 1663/4 King Charles II granted the Duke of York all land between the Delaware and Connecticut Rivers; the islands of Long Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket; and the land between the Kennebec and St. Croix Rivers inland to the St. Lawrence River. In the fall of 1664, royal commissioners arbitrated the conflict with this grant and suggested the border between New York and Massachusetts Bay as 20 miles east of the Hudson River. Though never codified, this was the generally accepted border.
23 June 1665 Royal commissioners placed Ferdinando Gorges' land under royal authority.
5 Sept. 1665 New York created Cornwall County covering all the land between the Kennebec and St. Croix Rivers.
19 May 1669 The town of Westfield was laid out extending into "the jog" south of the colony line.
7 Oct. 1673 Massachusetts claimed an area east of the Kennebec River that included the Pemaquid settlement later named this Devonshire County on 27 May 1675, but this county ceased when the war with the Abnaki Indians in that area broke out in Sept. 1675.
3 June 1674 Massachusetts Bay created the town of Suffield that now lies wholly within Connecticut.
15 Mar. 1677/8 Massachusetts Bay purchased the grant made to Ferdinando Gorges from him.
18 Sept. 1679 New Hampshire made a royal colony separate from Massachusetts Bay. Old Norfolk County was dissolved and the towns of Amesbury, Haverhill, and Salisbury added to Essex County of Massachusetts Bay.
16 May 1683 Massachusetts Bay created the town of Enfield that now lies wholly within Connecticut.
1 Nov. 1683 New York created Dukes County that included Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands until a new royal charter gave these islands to Massachusetts Bay on 7 Oct. 1691. The latter created the new Dukes County for Martha's Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands and Nantucket County for Nantucket on 22 June 1695. On this day, New York also recreated Cornwall County in Maine.
18 June 1684 The High Court of Chancery of England cancelled the Charter of 1629 for Massachusetts Bay. This places Massachusetts Bay and Maine under royal authority, though in practice nothing changed until the governor arrived on 17 May 1686.
17 May 1686
18 Apr. 1689
The Dominion of New England was established as the first royal govern arrived bringing together Massachusetts Bay, Maine, and the Narragansett Country. New Plymouth and the Pemaquid Country was added on 20 Dec. 1686. New York (thus eliminating Cornwall County) and New Jersey were added on 1 Apr. 1687. King James II was overthrown on 18 Apr. 1689 by King William III and Queen Mary II in England and Bostonians imprisoned the royal government and others to end this consolidation in North America. Previously forms of government resumed.
15 Mar. 1689/90 Massachusetts Bay created the town of Woodstock that now lies wholly within Connecticut.
7 Oct. 1691 The new Charter of Massachusetts Bay issued that included land between 40°N and 48°N. - explicitly stating this being all of the former Colony of Massachusetts Bay, territory called New Plymouth, territory called the Province of Maine, and the territory between the Sagadahoc River and Nova Scotia, and specifically excluded the charter to John Mason now in the hands of Samuel Allen of London, merchant (i.e. New Hampshire) and the colonies of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and the Narragansett Country. Also included were the Isles of Cappawock (i.e. The Elizabeth Islands) and Nantucket (which seemingly included Martha's Vineyard).
1 Mar. 1691/2 A royal governor was sent to New Hampshire effectively separating it from Massachusetts Bay, but did not further define its borders beyond the 1679 charter.
22 June 1695 Massachusetts Bay established Dukes County for Martha's Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands and Nantucket County for Nantucket Island.
20 Sept. 1697 The Treaty of Ryswick ending the King William's War between England and France transferred Acadia to France and separating it from Massachusetts Bay. The formal transfer followed after the Treaty of Utrecht on 15 Apr. 1713 and ended the nominal jurisdiction over Acadia [Nova Scotia].
13 July 1713 Connecticut and Massachusetts Bay accepted a 1702 survey that confirmed the line between them (the current line minus the jogs) and gave Massachusetts Bay jurisdiction over the border towns of Enfield, Suffield, and Woodstock.
26 June 1716 The jurisdiction of York County extended east beyond the Kennebec River to the St. Croix River, though never defining the northern limit.
5 Aug. 1740 King George II settled the border dispute between Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire for the latter being up the Piscataqua and Salmon Falls Rivers due north 120 miles or to the end of the colony and 3 miles north of the Merricmack River to Pautucket Falls [now in Lowell, Mass.], then straight west and these are the borders in effect today.
28 May 1746 King George II decided (and implemented on 17 Feb. 1746/7) the border between Massachusetts Bay and Rhode Island so that Massachusetts Bay lost the Attleborough Gore [present-day Cumberland, R.I.] and a 3-mile strip of land on the east side of Narragansett Bay starting at the head of the bay.
In May 1749 Connecticut annexed the Massachusetts Bay towns of Enfield, Somers [created from Enfield], Suffield, and Woodstock. Note that the line was now straight except for the "Southwick jog" that exists to this day.
7 Oct. 1763 When the new royal province of Quebec was created with its southern border being the watershed between the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean, the northern border of Cumberland, Lincoln, and York counties was established.
18 May 1773 Massachusetts Bay and New York agreed that their boundary was a straight line roughly parallel to being 20 miles east of the Hudson River - in accordance with the informal agreement of 1664.
In 1774 Connecticut took over a small part of land of Southwick that extended below the 1713 provincial boundary.
3 Sept. 1783 The Treaty of Paris defined the northern boundary as the watershed between the St. Croix River and the Atlantic Ocean.
24 Nov. 1817 By the Treaty of Ghent, islands in the Passamadquoddy Bay being Moose, Dudley [now Treat], and Frederick [now Dudley] were assigned to the United States and made part of Washington Co., Me.
15 Mar. 1820 Maine was set off as an independent state as part of the Missouri Compromise.
3 Nov. 1826 There was a slight straightening of the border between northeastern Connecticut and Massachusetts.
11 Jan. 1855 Boston Corners, the southwestern corner of Berkshire County, annexed to New York.
1 Mar. 1862 Implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court settlement of the boundary between Bristol County and that of neighboring Rhode Island.
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Counties

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is divided into fourteen counties. It is there that most court and land records are found. The most of the other commonly used records will be at the town level. Use the guide below to link to the county you want:

Barnstable (1685) - Berkshire (1761) - Bristol (1685)
Dukes (1683/1695) - Essex (1643) - Franklin (1811)
Hampden (1812) - Hampshire (1662) - Middlesex (1643)
Nantucket (1695) - Norfolk (1793) - Plymouth (1685)
Suffolk (1643) - Worcester (1731)


Massachusetts was created from two colonies in 1691. So records before that time would be part of:

Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629) - Plymouth Colony (1620)


Other extinct jurisdictions:

  • Old Norfolk, 1643-1680, which was all that north of the Merrimack River and south of the Piscataqua River being then the settled part of what became the royal province of New Hampshire in 1680 (except for roughly two to three miles above the Merrimack River).
  • Dominion of New England, 1686-1689, a brief consolidation of several British Colonies into one that was very unpopular and it collapsed.
  • Maine, records for this region called the District of Maine with counties of its own will all be found under Maine. Only high court and legislative records will be found under their Massachusetts headings.

Non-town names:

This is a list of archaic community, district, neighborhood section, and village names in Massachusetts that will not have a page on this wiki but are important to know their location.

Histories and Genealogies

This is a lengthy and detailed list of books and articles relating to general topics for Massachusetts. The focus was on books published before 1995, so newer books are welcome additions to this list. The bibliography is divided into several topical groups plus a general section.

Quick Links to Massachusetts Bibliography
Records Guides General


Records
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Massachusetts Genealogy Records

Vital Records

The original vital record resides in the town or city where the event occurred (in colonial times, a family group of birth can include events from other towns). The recording of these records was ordered by the government as early as 1639, though not all places followed the law. Both Massachusetts Bay Colony and Plymouth Colony started to collect these records in a central location, but the practice died out by the mid-17th Century. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was the first state to create a permanent, statewide recording system starting in 1841. It is notable that the city of Boston lagged behind in reporting to the state and its records do not show up in the state system until a tougher regulation was implemented in 1850 (though the city did record these records locally). The only vital records closed to the public are the original births of amended records and those can be opened by a judge.

The original record still is found with the clerk of the town or city. All these records back to the earliest settlement of a town can always be viewed at the town or city clerk’s office. Most all town and city vital records have been microfilmed by the Family History Library and microfiched by the Holbrook Research Institute of Oxford, Mass. [now Archive Publishing of Provo, Utah]. This tends to be the most complete record of the event. Since 1841, there should be a second copy with the state and sometimes has abbreviated information from the original. This second copy is the most widely available source for researchers. It has been preserved by the same two vendors listed above and can be found on online in a variety of places and forms as listed below.

Quick Links to Vital Records
Pre-1850 Pre-1850 (online)
1841-1920 1921-present
Divorce Records Adoption Records
Bibliography
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Pre-1850

Before 1900, a few towns started publishing their own vital records in book form. The records were usually re-arranged into alphabetical order but separated by births, marriages, and deaths. Church and private records were added to get a more complete record and were clearly noted. The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants published a few of these volumes along with the Systematic History Fund (a state fund); Essex Institute in Salem; Topsfield Historical Society, and others. The greatest number were published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, in part from their Eddy Town-Record Fund. About two-thirds of the state (roughly 236 towns) has been published from the original town records and a few still are being released today. To learn more about this state publication project, see the article on The Publication of Vital Records of Massachusetts Towns written in 1919. Check the Mass. Town Pre-1850 Published Vital Records Guide for a listing of the towns published up to 2011. There are links to some online versions below. A search in Google will reveal many town / region specific sites that have reproduced the volumes online or pdf versions available for downloading.

Pre-1850 Online

AmericanAncestors.org ($)

Ancestry.com ($)

fold3.com ($)

Free online versions

  • The Early Vital Records of Massachusetts website transcribes each page and links it to an image of original of the original page. As of May 2013, Plymouth County was only partially done and Suffolk County had not been started. The rest of the towns across the state were there. Click on the Town tab to get a list of towns by county.
  • Frederic William Bailey, comp., Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800 (New Haven, Conn., 1897-1914, in 7v.; rep. Baltimore, 1968+).
    Digital version for Vol. 1 (Worcester Co.) only at Internet Archive or Google Books.
    Berkshire Genealogist Indexing Committee, Master Index to Early Massachusetts Marriages (Pittsfield, Mass., 1996), 131 leaves, is a single, full-name index to the series of seven volumes.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
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1841 - 1920

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was the first state to create statewide vital records in the modern sense starting in 1841. It is notable that the city of Boston lagged behind reporting to the state and its records do not show up at the state until about 1850 (though the city maintained its own records before then). The original state records are held by:

Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston MA 02125
Phone 617-727-2816
Email archives@sec.state.ma.us
Hours and Directions

Visitors can make their own copies from the microfilmed copies or request certified copies per their rules. The archives only has the amended records up to v. 42 (1900). They have an online index to the records for 1841 to 1910 that is searchable for first name, last name, town, start year, end year, and type of record. Note that this is exact spelling searches only. Records can be ordered by email. No more than five requests per order and they are billed with your photocopies.

These records can be viewed online in two locations:

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 - 101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116
Phone 888-296-3447

The NEHGS has two online databases at their American Ancestors website for 1841 to 1910 and 1911 to 1915. You must be a member of the Society to access these indexes and the actual records which are linked from this index. The records are searchable in the same manner as the Mass. Archives above, though the last name can be searched by Soundex. If you go to the library, there are book indexes in five-year blocks for births, 1900-1950, marriages, 1900-1955, 1966-1970, and deaths, 1900-1980. They also have the amended birth records indexes for to 1929 (1 v.) [going back to 1841], to 1944 (2 v.), to 1962 (3 v.), to 1965 (1 v.), and to 1968 (1 v.). These indexes beyond 1920 are not generally available elsewhere.

Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City UT 84150
Phone 866-406-1830

This library and its many branches (where you can borrow the microfilm for a small fee) will have all the same records as listed above. You can access online for free: