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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Suffolk County''' <br>
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Suffolk County''' ''  
  
[[Image:Adams Courthouse Boston.jpg|right|370px|Adams Courthouse Boston.jpg]] [[Image:Ma-suffolk.png|right|370px|Ma-suffolk.png]] [[Image:{{MASufCoTowns}}]]
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== Brief History  ==
  
=== County Courthouse  ===
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Suffolk County was one of the four original counties when Massachusetts Bay Colony created counties in 1643 and had an undefined western border. It established and claimed as far west as Woodstock, Connecticut. Initially, the county included Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Dedham, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, and Nantasket [now Hull]. In 1671, Mendon was added from Middlesex. For a brief time, the county was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The county was eventually became part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All towns were lost to the creation of Norfolk County to the south. What remained were Boston and Chelsea. Hingham and Hull protested and thus remained in Suffolk County until they were transferred to Plymouth County in 1803. The city of Boston started annexing towns back: Roxbury (1868), Dorchester (1870), Brighton (1874), Charlestown (1874), West Roxbury (1874), and Hyde Park (1912). The county government was abolished in 1999, but its former jurisdiction is used for state offices as a district.
  
*County government was abolished in 1999 (Wikipedia)
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== Historical Data  ==
  
=== History  ===
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The basic data is from the historical county boundary series<ref>[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#SUFFOLK Massachusetts Atlas of Historical County Boundaries]</ref> with additions from various sources.
  
==== Parent County  ====
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*Created 10 May 1643 from the [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] lands. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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| 10 May 1643  
*Set off [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] County 5 April 1731. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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| Suffolk County created as one of the four original counties formed out of Massachusetts Bay Colony. [Mass. Rec., 2: 38]
*Set off [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]] County 26 March 1793. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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| 8 July 1663
==== Record Loss  ====
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| Lost the section now called the northeast corner of Rhode Island when King Charles II granted that colony a charter that defined its borders. [Bowen's Disputes, 33; Swindler, 8: 368]
 
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== Places / Localities  ==
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| -- May 1664
 
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| Lost to New Plymouth Colony when provincial line is demarcated to what is now referred to as the "Old County Line." [Bradford, 427n]
==== Populated Places  ====
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| 27 Feb. 1664/5
===== Cities:  =====
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| Gained from Rhode Island Colony as royal commissioners set that colony's borders as the Blackstone River and the east side of Narragansett Bay. [Arnold, 1: 315]
 
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[[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]] | [[Chelsea, Massachusetts|Chelsea]] | [[Revere, Massachusetts|Revere]] | [[Winthrop, Massachusetts|Winthrop]]  
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| 15 Mar. 1689/90
 
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| Gained on county's undefined western border when Massachusetts created the town of [[Woodstock, Connecticut|Woodstock]] (now wholly within the state of Connecticut). [Bowen's Disputes, 53-58; Bowen's Woodstock, 1: 31]
===== Villages  =====
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| 7 Oct. 1691
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| Massachusetts Bay Colony given new provincial charter by King William III and Queen Mary II, but does not affect the borders. [Mass. Col. Acts, 1: ch. 27 (1692-1693), sec. 1, p. 63; Swindler, 5: 80]
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| 18 Mar. 1711/2
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| The "Old Colony Line" declared the border between Suffolk, Bristol and Plymouth counties with no change in boundaries. [Mass. Col. Acts, 21: ch. 152 (1711), p. 799]
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| 10 July 1731
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| Part of the western section set off with the western half of Middlesex County to form Worcester County. [Mass. Col. Acts, 2: ch. 8 (1730-1731), sec. 1, p. 584]
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| 17 Feb. 1746/7
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| Southwestern tip annexed to Providence Plantations by royal settlement in 1746. [Arnold, 2: 157; R.I. Rec., 5: 207-209]
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| 20 Nov. 1770
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| Small area changed to Plymouth County when Bridgewater gained from Stoughton. [Mass. Col. Acts, 5: ch. 15 (1770-1771), sec. 1, p. 116]
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| 3 Mar. 1792
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| When Medway and Sherburne redefined their border, that also redefined the line between Suffolk and Middlesex County. [Mass. Acts 1792, ch. 23, sec. 1, p. 155]
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| 20 June 1793
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| Southwestern three-quarters and town of Cohasset set off as new county of Norfolk. [Mass. Acts 1793, ch. 43, sec. 1, p. 272 and ch. 9, sec. 1, p. 314]
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| 18 June 1803
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| Towns of '''[[Hingham, Massachusetts|Hingham]]''' and '''[[Hull, Massachusetts|Hull]]''' annexed to Plymouth County. [Mass. Acts 1803, ch. 14, sec. 1, p. 246]
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| 22 Feb. 1825
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| Minute change between Boston and Brookline adjusts border between Suffolk and Norfolk counties. [Mass. Acts 1825, ch. 90, p. 73]
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| 25 Mar. 1834
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| Boston annexed Thompson Island from Dorchester, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1834, ch. 102, p. 129]
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| 16 Mar. 1836
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| Border between Boston and Roxbury, Norfolk County, established. [Mass. Acts 1836, ch. 37, p. 681]
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| 19 Apr. 1837
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| Water border between Boston and Roxbury, Norfolk County, established. [Mass. Acts 1837, ch. 202, sec. 1, p. 222]
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| 22 Feb. 1841
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| Chelsea lost northern long but narrow strip of land to Saugus, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1841, ch. 30, sec. 1, p. 350]
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| 3 May 1850
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| Water border between Boston and Roxbury, Norfolk County, established. [Mass. Acts 1850, ch. 281, sec. 1, p. 460]
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| 21 May 1855
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| Boston gained from Dorchester, Norfolk County, a very small piece of land. [Mass. Acts 1855, ch. 468, sec. 1, p. 907]
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| 3 Apr. 1860
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| Border changed slightly when line changed from the center of the street between Boston and Roxbury to the side of the street. [Mass. 1860, ch. 172, sec. 1, p. 138]
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| 6 Jan. 1868
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| Border changed when Boston annexed the town of '''[[Roxbury, Massachusetts|Roxbury]]''' from Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1867, ch. 359, sec. 1, p. 754]
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| 3 Jan. 1870
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| Border changed when Boston annexed the town of '''[[Dorchester, Massachusetts|Dorchester]]''' from Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1869, ch. 349, sec. 1, p. 646]
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| 2 Apr. 1870
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| Border changed slightly when line changed from the center of the street between Boston and West Roxbury to the side of the street. [Mass. 1870, ch. 146, sec. 1, p. 21, 95]
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| 18 June 1870
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| Boston gained a small piece of land from Brookline, Norfolk County. [Mass. 1870, ch. 374, sec. 1, p. 290]
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| 12 Apr. 1872
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| Boston gained Mt. Hope Cemetery from West Roxbury, Norfolk County. [Mass. 1872, ch. 197, sec. 1, p. 143]
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| 5 Jan. 1874
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| Boston annexed towns of '''[[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton]]''' and '''[[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown]]''' from Middlesex County.<br>Boston annexed town of '''[[West Roxbury, Massachusetts|West Roxbury]]''' from Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1873, ch. 286, sec. 1, p. 716; ch. 303, sec. 1, p. 747; ch. 314, sec. 1, p. 810]
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| 8 May 1874
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| Border changed slightly when a small piece of land gained from Brookline, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1874, ch. 220, sec. 1, p. 143]
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| 29 May 1874
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| Border changed slightly when line between Boston and Newton, Middlesex County was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1874, ch. 277, sec. 1, p. 189]
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| 1 July 1875
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| Border changed slightly when a small piece of land was lost to Newton, Middlesex County. [Mass. Acts 1875, ch. 184, sec. 1, p. 773]
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| 27 May 1890
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| Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Brookline, Norfolk County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1890, ch. 339, sec. 1, p. 299]
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| 4 May 1891
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| Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Somerville, Middlesex County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1891, ch. 294, sec. 1, p. 856]
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| 13 Apr. 1894
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| Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Brookline, Norfolk County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1894, ch. 242, sec. 1, p. 219]
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| 29 Mar. 1898
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| Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Cambridge and Newton, Middlesex County, was adjusted along the Charles River. [Mass. Acts 1898, ch. 251, sec. 1, p. 185]
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| 13 May 1898
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| Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Newton, Norfolk County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1898, ch. 431, sec. 1, p. 376]
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| 29 Mar. 1910
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| Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Cambridge, Middlesex County, was adjusted along the Charles River. [Mass. Acts 1910, ch. 312, sec. 1, p. 239]
 
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| 1 Jan. 1912
*[[Allston, Massachusetts|Allston]]
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| Boston annexed the town of '''[[Hyde Park, Massachusetts|Hyde Park]]''', Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1911, ch. 469, sec. 1, p. 450, and ch. 583, sec. 1, p. 600]
*[[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton]]
 
*[[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown]]
 
*[[Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts|Chestnut Hill]]
 
 
 
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*[[Dorchester, Massachusetts|Dorchester]]
 
*[[East Boston, Massachusetts|East Boston]]
 
*[[Hyde Park, Massachusetts|Hyde Park]]  
 
*[[Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts|Jamaica Plain]]
 
 
 
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*[[Mattapan, Massachusetts|Mattapan]]
 
*[[Mission Hill, Massachusetts|Mission Hill]]
 
*[[Readville, Massachusetts|Readville]]
 
*[[Roslindale, Massachusetts|Roslindale]]
 
 
 
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*[[Roxbury, Massachusetts|Roxbury]]
 
*[[South Boston, Massachusetts|South Boston]]
 
*[[West Roxbury, Massachusetts|West Roxbury]]
 
 
 
 
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<div style="width:147%"><center>[[Suffolk_County,_Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Towns and Cities  ==
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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[[Image:Ma-suffolk.png|right|370px|Ma-suffolk.png]] The following is a list of present-day towns and cities in the county that are linked to their own individual pages. There you will find a list of other names used for the town or city and a list of villages and sections of the town or city. There will be a future master list found from the state page.
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<center>[[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston (1630)]] - [[Chelsea, Massachusetts|Chelsea (1739)]] - [[Revere, Massachusetts|Revere (1846)]] - [[Winthrop, Massachusetts|Winthrop (1852)]]</center> Boston needed to grow its tax base, so over the years, various towns were annexed to Boston. This towns had a vibrant history and their own set of records before they became part of Boston and thus Suffolk County. These towns are:<br><center>[[Roxbury, Massachusetts|Roxbury (1630-1868)]]<br> [[Dorchester, Massachusetts|Dorchester (1630-1870)]]<br> [[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton (1807-1874)]]<br> [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown (1630-1874)]]<br> [[West Roxbury, Massachusetts|West Roxbury (1851-1874)]]<br> [[Hyde Park, Massachusetts|Hyde Park (1868-1912)]]</center><br> <center>[[Suffolk_County,_Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center>
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== County Histories ==
  
[[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex ]] | [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex ]] | [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]] | [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]]
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[[Image:{{MASufCoTowns}}]] Works written on the town include:  
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
 
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
 
 
==== Census  ====
 
 
 
{{Census|Massachusetts}}  
 
 
 
===== State Census  =====
 
 
 
'''''1855 Massachusetts State Census—'''a'' free searchable index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1459985 FamilySearch Record Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1855, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
 
 
 
'''''1865 Massachusetts State Census'''''—a free searchable index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410399 FamilySearch Record Search] This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1865, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
 
 
 
==== Church  ====
 
 
 
==== Court  ====
 
 
 
==== Directories  ====
 
 
 
*[http://www.fold3.com Fold3.com] ($) has 116 years of [http://www.fold3.com/title_15/city_directories_boston Boston City Directories] spanning 1789-1926 available online.
 
 
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
 
 
==== Land  ====
 
 
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
 
 
==== Maps  ====
 
 
 
==== Military  ====
 
 
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
 
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=3091 {{nowrap|Boston newspapers}}] that covered local news on Suffolk County communities. Some libraries including the [http://www.bpl.org/electronic/alpha.asp#b Boston Public Library] provide free access to this database.<br>
 
 
 
==== Probate  ====
 
 
 
For Suffolk County the library has 439 microfilms of probate records, dockets from 1636 to 1901, and an index to 1910. Indexes of the probate records of Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties have also been published. Each county has its own probate court.
 
 
 
A series of pre-1670 Suffolk County will abstracts, which originally appeared in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, have been reprinted in:
 
 
 
*''Suffolk County Wills''. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, Inc., 1984. (Family History Library {{FHL|298484|title-id|disp=book 974.46 P2s; film 1320548 item 1}}.)
 
 
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
 
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
 
 
==== Yearbooks  ====
 
 
 
*Boston College - [http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=(collection:subturri%20OR%20mediatype:subturri)%20AND%20-mediatype:collection&sort=-avg_rating;-num_reviews 1913-1972]
 
*Northeastern University: [http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator:%22Northeastern+University+(Boston,+Mass.)%22 1917-1995]&nbsp;
 
 
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
 
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
 
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
  
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*B. B. Edwards, "Complete List of the Congregational and Presbyterian Ministers in Suffolk Co." in ''American Quarterly Register'', 7 [1834]: 28-30.<br>Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=UAFKAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA28 Google books].<br>
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*Alden Bradford, "Juridical Statistics for the County of Suffolk viz. Judge of Superior Court of Judicature and of Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; and Barristers, Counsellors, and Attorneys, with brief notices of those who have deceased or retired from public life" in ''American Quarterly Register'', 13 [1840-1841]: 417-432.<br>Includes birth, education, bar admission, associates, and death.<br>Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=1gNKAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA417 Google books].<br>
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*N. I. Bowditch, ''Suffolk Surnames'' (Boston, 3rd ed., 1861), xxv, 757 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/suffolksurnames00bowd1861 Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=Xo4OAAAAYAAJ Google books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/60714173 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|228079|item|disp=FHL book 974.46 D4b or film 425545 Item 3}}.<br>
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*Justin Winsor, ''The Memorial History of Boston, Including Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1630-1880'' (Boston, 1880-1883), 4v.<br>v. 1 - The early and colonial periods; v. 2 - The provincial period; v. 3 - The Revolutionary period and the last hundred years, pt. 1; v. 4 - The last hundred years, pt. 2, and special topics (education, libraries, philosophic thought, women, drama, Fine Arts, music, architecture, science, medicine, bench and bar, horticulture, and charities).<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/memorialhistoryo01wins v. 1], [http://archive.org/details/memorialhistoryo02wins v. 2], [http://archive.org/details/memorialhistoryo03wins v. 3], [http://archive.org/details/memorialhistoryo04wins v. 4]), Google books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=1z8OAAAAIAAJ v. 1], [http://books.google.com/books?id=U0AOAAAAIAAJ v. 2], [http://books.google.com/books?id=WsR4AAAAMAAJ v. 3], [http://books.google.com/books?id=eD8OAAAAIAAJ v. 4]), and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=24021 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Memorial+History+of+Boston%2C+Including+Suffolk+County&qt=results_page WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|191622|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2wj v. # or films 1036727-1036728}} (with digital links).<br>
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*''Professional and Industrial History of Suffolk County, Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1894), 3v.<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/professionalindu01davi v. 1], [http://archive.org/details/professionalindu02davi v. 2], [http://archive.org/details/professionalindu03davi v. 3]) and Google books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=0jQuAAAAYAAJ v. 2] only).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Professional+and+Industrial+History+of+Suffolk+County&qt=results_page (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|683151|item|disp=FHL book 974.46 U3p v. # or film 1750876 Items 4-6}}.<br>
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*George H. Brennan, "The Early Massachusetts Court Records" in ''New England Magazine'', 17 [1894]: [http://digital.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=newe;cc=newe;rgn=full%20text;idno=newe0017-3;didno=newe0017-3;view=image;seq=00313;node=newe0017-3%3A1 301-310].<br>
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*John Tyler Hassam, "Early Records and Registers of Deeds for the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts, 1639-1735" in ''Massachusetts Society Society Publications'', 2nd Ser., 12 [1895-1896]: 203-250.<br>Digital versions of off print at [http://archive.org/details/cu31924025963087 Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=38sTAAAAYAAJ Google books].<br>{{FHL|820323|item|disp=FHL fiche 6078751}}.<br>Reprint of continuation as "Registers of Deeds for the County of Suffolk," 2nd Ser., 14 [1900-1901]: 34-104.<br>{{FHL|229084|item|disp=FHL film 1035750 Item 13}}.<br>
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*John Tyler Hassam, "Registers of Probate for the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts, 1639-1799" in ''Massachusetts Society Society Publications'', 2nd Ser., 16 [1902]: 23-125.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/registersofproba00hass Internet Archive] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=17952 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Registers+of+probate+for+the+county+of+Suffolk&qt=results_page WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|333847|item|disp=FHL book 974.46 P2hj or fiche 6006641}}.<br>
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*Richard D. Brown, "The Confiscation and Disposition of Loyalists' Estates in Suffolk County, Massachusetts" in ''William and Mary Quarterly'', 3rd Ser., 21 [1964]: 534-550.<br>Digital version at [http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1923305 JStor] ($ - for free at some libraries).<br>
 
*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ma/county/suffolk/ The Suffolk County MA GenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ma/county/suffolk/ The Suffolk County MA GenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Suffolk The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Suffolk County  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Suffolk The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Suffolk County  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Suffolk The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Suffolk County (backup site)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Suffolk The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Suffolk County (backup site)  
*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Suffolk|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Suffolk County
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffolk_County,_Massachusetts Suffolk County Wikipedia page].<br>
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Suffolk County

Brief History

Suffolk County was one of the four original counties when Massachusetts Bay Colony created counties in 1643 and had an undefined western border. It established and claimed as far west as Woodstock, Connecticut. Initially, the county included Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Dedham, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, and Nantasket [now Hull]. In 1671, Mendon was added from Middlesex. For a brief time, the county was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The county was eventually became part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All towns were lost to the creation of Norfolk County to the south. What remained were Boston and Chelsea. Hingham and Hull protested and thus remained in Suffolk County until they were transferred to Plymouth County in 1803. The city of Boston started annexing towns back: Roxbury (1868), Dorchester (1870), Brighton (1874), Charlestown (1874), West Roxbury (1874), and Hyde Park (1912). The county government was abolished in 1999, but its former jurisdiction is used for state offices as a district.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the historical county boundary series[1] with additions from various sources.

Dates Events
10 May 1643 Suffolk County created as one of the four original counties formed out of Massachusetts Bay Colony. [Mass. Rec., 2: 38]
8 July 1663 Lost the section now called the northeast corner of Rhode Island when King Charles II granted that colony a charter that defined its borders. [Bowen's Disputes, 33; Swindler, 8: 368]
-- May 1664 Lost to New Plymouth Colony when provincial line is demarcated to what is now referred to as the "Old County Line." [Bradford, 427n]
27 Feb. 1664/5 Gained from Rhode Island Colony as royal commissioners set that colony's borders as the Blackstone River and the east side of Narragansett Bay. [Arnold, 1: 315]
15 Mar. 1689/90 Gained on county's undefined western border when Massachusetts created the town of Woodstock (now wholly within the state of Connecticut). [Bowen's Disputes, 53-58; Bowen's Woodstock, 1: 31]
7 Oct. 1691 Massachusetts Bay Colony given new provincial charter by King William III and Queen Mary II, but does not affect the borders. [Mass. Col. Acts, 1: ch. 27 (1692-1693), sec. 1, p. 63; Swindler, 5: 80]
18 Mar. 1711/2 The "Old Colony Line" declared the border between Suffolk, Bristol and Plymouth counties with no change in boundaries. [Mass. Col. Acts, 21: ch. 152 (1711), p. 799]
10 July 1731 Part of the western section set off with the western half of Middlesex County to form Worcester County. [Mass. Col. Acts, 2: ch. 8 (1730-1731), sec. 1, p. 584]
17 Feb. 1746/7 Southwestern tip annexed to Providence Plantations by royal settlement in 1746. [Arnold, 2: 157; R.I. Rec., 5: 207-209]
20 Nov. 1770 Small area changed to Plymouth County when Bridgewater gained from Stoughton. [Mass. Col. Acts, 5: ch. 15 (1770-1771), sec. 1, p. 116]
3 Mar. 1792 When Medway and Sherburne redefined their border, that also redefined the line between Suffolk and Middlesex County. [Mass. Acts 1792, ch. 23, sec. 1, p. 155]
20 June 1793 Southwestern three-quarters and town of Cohasset set off as new county of Norfolk. [Mass. Acts 1793, ch. 43, sec. 1, p. 272 and ch. 9, sec. 1, p. 314]
18 June 1803 Towns of Hingham and Hull annexed to Plymouth County. [Mass. Acts 1803, ch. 14, sec. 1, p. 246]
22 Feb. 1825 Minute change between Boston and Brookline adjusts border between Suffolk and Norfolk counties. [Mass. Acts 1825, ch. 90, p. 73]
25 Mar. 1834 Boston annexed Thompson Island from Dorchester, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1834, ch. 102, p. 129]
16 Mar. 1836 Border between Boston and Roxbury, Norfolk County, established. [Mass. Acts 1836, ch. 37, p. 681]
19 Apr. 1837 Water border between Boston and Roxbury, Norfolk County, established. [Mass. Acts 1837, ch. 202, sec. 1, p. 222]
22 Feb. 1841 Chelsea lost northern long but narrow strip of land to Saugus, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1841, ch. 30, sec. 1, p. 350]
3 May 1850 Water border between Boston and Roxbury, Norfolk County, established. [Mass. Acts 1850, ch. 281, sec. 1, p. 460]
21 May 1855 Boston gained from Dorchester, Norfolk County, a very small piece of land. [Mass. Acts 1855, ch. 468, sec. 1, p. 907]
3 Apr. 1860 Border changed slightly when line changed from the center of the street between Boston and Roxbury to the side of the street. [Mass. 1860, ch. 172, sec. 1, p. 138]
6 Jan. 1868 Border changed when Boston annexed the town of Roxbury from Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1867, ch. 359, sec. 1, p. 754]
3 Jan. 1870 Border changed when Boston annexed the town of Dorchester from Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1869, ch. 349, sec. 1, p. 646]
2 Apr. 1870 Border changed slightly when line changed from the center of the street between Boston and West Roxbury to the side of the street. [Mass. 1870, ch. 146, sec. 1, p. 21, 95]
18 June 1870 Boston gained a small piece of land from Brookline, Norfolk County. [Mass. 1870, ch. 374, sec. 1, p. 290]
12 Apr. 1872 Boston gained Mt. Hope Cemetery from West Roxbury, Norfolk County. [Mass. 1872, ch. 197, sec. 1, p. 143]
5 Jan. 1874 Boston annexed towns of Brighton and Charlestown from Middlesex County.
Boston annexed town of West Roxbury from Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1873, ch. 286, sec. 1, p. 716; ch. 303, sec. 1, p. 747; ch. 314, sec. 1, p. 810]
8 May 1874 Border changed slightly when a small piece of land gained from Brookline, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1874, ch. 220, sec. 1, p. 143]
29 May 1874 Border changed slightly when line between Boston and Newton, Middlesex County was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1874, ch. 277, sec. 1, p. 189]
1 July 1875 Border changed slightly when a small piece of land was lost to Newton, Middlesex County. [Mass. Acts 1875, ch. 184, sec. 1, p. 773]
27 May 1890 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Brookline, Norfolk County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1890, ch. 339, sec. 1, p. 299]
4 May 1891 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Somerville, Middlesex County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1891, ch. 294, sec. 1, p. 856]
13 Apr. 1894 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Brookline, Norfolk County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1894, ch. 242, sec. 1, p. 219]
29 Mar. 1898 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Cambridge and Newton, Middlesex County, was adjusted along the Charles River. [Mass. Acts 1898, ch. 251, sec. 1, p. 185]
13 May 1898 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Newton, Norfolk County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1898, ch. 431, sec. 1, p. 376]
29 Mar. 1910 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Cambridge, Middlesex County, was adjusted along the Charles River. [Mass. Acts 1910, ch. 312, sec. 1, p. 239]
1 Jan. 1912 Boston annexed the town of Hyde Park, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1911, ch. 469, sec. 1, p. 450, and ch. 583, sec. 1, p. 600]
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Towns and Cities

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The following is a list of present-day towns and cities in the county that are linked to their own individual pages. There you will find a list of other names used for the town or city and a list of villages and sections of the town or city. There will be a future master list found from the state page.
Boston (1630) - Chelsea (1739) - Revere (1846) - Winthrop (1852)
Boston needed to grow its tax base, so over the years, various towns were annexed to Boston. This towns had a vibrant history and their own set of records before they became part of Boston and thus Suffolk County. These towns are:
Roxbury (1630-1868)
Dorchester (1630-1870)
Brighton (1807-1874)
Charlestown (1630-1874)
West Roxbury (1851-1874)
Hyde Park (1868-1912)

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County Histories

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