Massachusetts, United States Genealogy

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

Massachusetts Information[edit | edit source]

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

A vital resource for locating historical records in Massachusetts is the text Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties[3], published in 1889, showing the existence and quality of existing records by each town and religion. Additionally, it states important dates of when towns may have separated or altered town lines.

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

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Counties[edit | edit source]

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

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Massachusetts" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 15 March 2016).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 09/18/2016.
  3. Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties [1]