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Massachusetts State Vital Records

Massachusetts State Vital Records Office
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
470 Atlantic Ave. 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02210-2224
(617) 753-8600
Records include birth, marriage, and death records since 1901, and a divorce index since 1952.

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Articles

Dorchester, Massachusetts Land Allotments, 1660

Massachusetts Bay, 1630-42

Massachusetts Bay, 1630-42

GenealogyFair in Waltham, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts, 1775-1776

Dorchester, Massachusetts Land Allotments, 1660

Additions to Massachusetts Town Vital Records Database

Massachusetts Bay, 1630-1642

Dorchester, Massachusetts Land Allotments, 1660

Jefferson Letter Discovered in Massachusetts Attic

Massachusetts Pensioners' Receipts 1829-1837 Online

Department of Health Contact Information (Massachusetts to Montana)

Databases

Massachusetts Pioneers to the West Index

Cambridge, Massachusetts History, Supplement

Massachusetts Freemen

Groton, Massachusetts Vital Records

Massachusetts Marriages to 1800

Massachusetts Army and Navy, 1861-65

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols.

Arlington, Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

Massachusetts Military Company History, Vol. 4

Massachusetts Pioneers

Quaker Invasion of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Name Changes, 1780-1892

Essex County, Massachusetts Probate Records, Supplement

Essex County, Massachusetts Probate Records, Part 1

Massachusetts Centinal Marriage Notices

Peru, Massachusetts, Census Records, 1790-1920

New Ashford, Massachusetts Land Owners, 1842-1900

Tewksbury, Massachusetts Vital Records

Hancock, Massachusetts Census, 1790-1920

Winchendon, Massachusetts Census, 1870

Shelburne, Massachusetts Vital Records

Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890

Lanesboro, Massachusetts Census, 1790-1920

Westminster, Massachusetts Census, 1870

Cheshire, Massachusetts Census, 1900-20

West Brookfield, Massachusetts Census, 1870

West Boylston, Massachusetts Census, 1870

Westborough, Massachusetts Census, 1870

Lexington, Massachusetts Cemetery Records

Webster, Massachusetts Census, 1870

D.B. Bates, Trip from Massachusetts to California, 1850

Williamstown, Massachusetts Census, 1900

Massachusetts Town Marriage Records

Massachusetts Town Death Records

Massachusetts Town Birth Records

Williamstown, Massachusetts Census, 1910-20

Dennis, Massachusetts Census, 1920

Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91

Massachusetts: Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Brockton, Massachusetts City Directory, 1887-90

Boston, Massachusetts City Directory, 1789

Barnstable, Massachusetts Census, 1920

Fall River, Massachusetts City Directories, 1889-91

Essex, Massachusetts Probate Records, 1638-1840

Leominster, Massachusetts Directories, 1883-95

Lowell, Massachusetts Directories, 1889-90

Gloucester, Massachusetts Directories, 1888-91

Boston, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Directories, 1889-93

Chelsea, Massachusetts Directories, 1890-92

Cambridge, Massachusetts Directories, 1887-90

Fitchburg, Massachusetts Directories, 1887-90

Salem, Massachusetts Directories, 1888-89, 1890-91, 1893-94

Watertown, Massachusetts, Various Town Records through 1737

Springfield, Massachusetts Directories, 1890-91

Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Index, 1648-1870

Concord, Massachusetts Town Officers, 1861

Boston, Massachusetts Directory, 1805

Barnstable County Massachusetts 1855 Census

Worcester, Massachusetts Burials, 1727-1859

Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Vital Records, 1642-1896

Lawrence, Massachusetts Directories, 1888-92

Holyoke, Massachusetts Directories, 1888-90, 1892

New Bedford, Massachusetts Directories, 1887, 1889-90

Taunton, Massachusetts Directories, 1890-93

Somerville, Massachusetts Directories, 1889-90, 1892

Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Index, 1871-1909 (Part A-K)

Worcester, Massachusetts Directories, 1888-90

Amesbury, Massachusetts Directory, 1891

Wendall, Massachusetts Directory, 1885

Middleboro, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Milton, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

North Adams, Massachusetts Directories, 1887, 1890-93

Needham, Massachusetts Directories, 1888-89, 1893

Dover, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Massachusetts Spanish American War Records

Bradford Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

Lakeville, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Holbrook, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Randolph, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Plymouth, Massachusetts Directories, 1890, 1893

Concord, Massachusetts Directory, 1892

Medway, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Newburyport, Massachusetts Directory, 1891

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate Index, Vol. 1 & 2 A - Z, July 1731-1881

Peabody, Massachusetts Directory, 1886

Boston, Massachusetts Marriages, 1700-1809

Dedham, Massachusetts Directory, 1893

Middlesex County, Massachusetts Deponents, 1649-1700

Plymouth, Massachusetts Church Records, Vols. I and II, 1620-1859

Essex County, Massachusetts Birth Records to 1850: Newburyport

Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts Births to 1850

Palmer, Massachusetts Directory, 1892

Rowley, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Essex County, Massachusetts Marriages to 1850: Newburyport

Cohasset, Massachusetts Directory, 1894

Essex County, Massachusetts Depositions, 1636-86

Baldwinville, Massachusetts Directory, 1885

Royalston, Massachusetts Directory, 1885

Templeton, Massachusetts Directory, 1885

Scituate, Massachusetts Directory, 1894

Adams and North Adams, Massachusetts Directories, 1887, 1889-90, 1890-93

Arlington, Massachusetts Directory, 1896-97

Belmont, Massachusetts Directory, 1896-97

Braintree, Massachusetts Directories, 1888, 1892

Marlborough, Massachusetts Directory, 1887-88

Duxbury, Massachusetts Directory, 1894

Easton, Massachusetts Directory, 1889

Great Barrington, Massachusetts Directory, 1894

Mansfield, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Marshfield, Massachusetts Directory, 1894

Abington, Massachusetts Directories, 1889, 1892

Amherst, Massachusetts Directories, 1886-87, 1895

Ipswich, Massachusetts Directory, 1890

Melrose, Massachusetts Directory, 1885

Norwell, Massachusetts Directory, 1894

Swampscott, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Bedford, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Hamilton, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Lynn, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Erving, Massachusetts Directory 1885

Orange, Massachusetts Directories, 1885, 1896

Hudson, Massachusetts Directory 1887-88

Malden, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Athol, Massachusetts Directories, 1885, 1897

Dennis, Massachusetts Directory 1895

Yarmouth, Massachusetts Directory 1895

Canton, Massachusetts Directory 1887

Lexington, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Greenfield, Massachusetts Directory 1892

Foxborough, Massachusetts Directories, 1887, 1890

Whitman, Massachusetts Directories, 1889, 1892

Georgetown, Massachusetts Directory 1885-86

Hopkinton, Massachusetts Directory 1886

Everett, Massachusetts Directory 1889

Franklin, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Medford, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Groveland, Massachusetts Directory 1885-86, 1894

South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts Directory 1892

Millbury, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Ashland, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Haverhill, Massachusetts Directory 1894

Norwood, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Newton, Massachusetts Directory 1929

Essex, Massachusetts Directory 1888-89

Lee, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Wrentham and Norfolk, Massachusetts Directory 1890

Bradford, Massachusetts Directory 1889

Pepperell and Groton, Massachusetts Directory 1895-96

Phillipston, Massachusetts Directory 1885

Otter River, Massachusetts Directory 1885

Petersham, Massachusetts Directory 1885

Boston, Massachusetts, 1913 Harvard University Alumni Directory

Suffolk County, Boston City Massachusetts 1810 City Directory

Massachusetts Deaths, 1844: Vol. 8, Barnstable to Hampshire; Volume 9, Middlesex to Worcester

Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts: Town History to 1878

Dunstable, Massachusetts: Town History 1873

Warwick, Massachusetts: Town History to 1854

Ipswich, Essex, and Hamilton, Massachusetts: Town Histories

Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts: Cemetery Inscriptions

Essex County, Massachusetts Death Records to 1850: Newburyport

Lowell, Massachusetts City Directory, 1861

Marlboro, Massachusetts City Directory, 1911

Pittsfield, Massachusetts City Directory, 1901

Salem, Massachusetts City Directory, 1861

Milford and Hopedale, Massachusetts, City Directories, 1904-05

Quincy, Massachusetts City Directory, 1897

Natick, Massachusetts City Directory, 1908-09

Rockland, Massachusetts City Directory, 1896

Epitaphs from Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1657-1892

Taunton, Massachusetts City Directory, 1869

Northampton and Easthampton, Massachusetts City Directory, 1900

Rockland and Abington, Massachusetts City Directory, 1904

First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts: Genealogical Notes and Contributions

New Bedford and Fairhaven, Massachusetts City Directory, 1898

Wellesley, Massachusetts City Directory, 1907

Pepperell, Dunstable, Shirley & Townsend, Massachusetts City Directory, 1907-08

Rockland and Hanover, Massachusetts City Directory, 1898

Brockton and Bridgewaters, Massachusetts City Directory, 1908

Search Aids

Boston, 1821-1850 Passenger and Immigration Lists Boston, 1821-1850 Passenger and Immigration Lists

While researching original passenger lists can often be tedious and difficult, this Family Archive makes finding your immigrant ancestors easier than ever. It contains alphabetical listings of approximately 161,000 individuals who arrived at the port of Boston, Massachusetts from foreign ports between 1821 and 1850.


Family History Centers

What is a Family History Center?
Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Centers provide access to many of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help you identify your ancestors.

Location and Hours
There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide. To find a Family History Center near you, see the list of addresses below.
Before you visit, you should contact the center to verify when it is open.

Services
Staff members will show you around the center, answer some research questions (research expertise in each center varies), help you use center resources, and order microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library.
Many centers offer classes on different genealogical research topics.

Resources
Most centers have a computer with FamilySearch, which helps you search for information about your ancestors. FamilySearch includes Family History Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Social Security Death Index, Scottish Church Records and the United States Military Index
Most also have Personal Ancestral File, a computer program that allows you to organize your family history information.
Most centers also have a variety of resource files, microfilms, microfiche and published material such as genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases and maps at your disposal.

Family History Centers Near You

Other Resources

Information about state archives and libraries:

Write to:
Archives of the Commonwealth
Reference Desk
220 Morrissey Boulevard
(Columbia Point)
Boston, MA 02125
Telephone: (617) 727-2816, (617) 727-8730
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, Saturday 9:00-3:00, closed Sunday and all state holidays
Records include state census records from 1855-1870, federal census records from 1790-1910, maps, land records, probate records, court records, tax records, cemetery records, church records, and military records.

Information about state genealogical societies:

Write to:
Massachusetts Genealogical Council
c/o New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Telephone: (617) 536-5740

Massachusetts Society Of Genealogists, Inc. (MSOG)
P.O. Box 215
Ashland, MA 01721
Publication: Massog: A genealogical magazine for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Bristol County Chapter (MSOG)
34 Chicopee Street
New Bedford, MA 02745

Hampden Chapter (MSOG)
25 Edison Drive
Ludlow, MA 01056

Middlesex Chapter (MSOG)
244 Flanders Road
Westborough, MA 01581
Publication: The News Mix

Worcester Chapter (MSOG)
27 Brigham Hill Road
Grafton, MA 01519

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: (617) 536-1608

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Telephone: (617) 536-5740

 

See also: Massachusetts Genealogy at Live Roots, and Original Massachusetts Documents

 

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