Halifax, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Plymouth County

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Halifax. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

Town Clerk

499 Plymouth St
Halifax, MA 02338
Phone: 781-293-7970
Fax: 781-294-7684
Email: bgaynor@town.halifax.ma.us

Brief History

This area was first settled in 1669 part of Plymouth Colony. The area was placed in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the area was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The area is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was established as a town from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke, and Plympton in 1734.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Bridgewater was once called Monponsett.

Village or section names include Halifax Station, Monoponsett, and South Halifax.

Border changes
Dates Events
4 July 1734 Established as a new town from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke, and Plympton. [Prov. Laws, 2: 717]
20 Feb. 1824 Part of Bridgewater annexed
16 Mar. 1831 Part of Plympton annexed
11 Apr. 1857 Part annexed to East Bridgewater and borders established
6 Feb. 1863 Border between Halifax and Plympton established and part of each town annexed to the other town
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:

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Vital Records

The town's vital records are available in many locations:

Original records
Published records
Online records
  • Halifax town and vital records, 1734-1856 and 1841-1905, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories

Halifax was published in 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Halifax. For a map of their location with links to some transcriptions, see PlymouthColony.net.

  1. Central Cemetery, 1830. (A)
  2. Drew Family Plot, 1807. (A)
  3. Hudson-Briggs Family Tomb, 1819. (B - on the East Bridgewater town line)
  4. Perkins Lot, 1811. (A)
  5. Sturtevant / Monponsett Pond / East Cemetery, 1728. (A)
  6. Thomson Cemetery, 1734. (A)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3
(B). Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1917) [see links above under Vital Records].

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The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.

  1. Halifax Congregational Church, 1734, records good, but no records before 1824.
  2. Baptist Church, n.d., no longer extant with some records with the Middleborough Town Clerk.
  3. Calvary Baptist Church, n.d.
  4. Our Lady of the Lake Church, n.d.
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  1. Halifax Reporter, 1984-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Holmes Public Library
470 Plymouth Street
Halifax MA 02338
Phone 781-293-2271
Email hfxpl@sailsinc.org


  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 55. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Bridgewater | East Bridgewater | Hanson | Middleborough | Pembroke | Plympton