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Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Plymouth Massachusetts Town Histories
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== Brief History ==This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Plymouth. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are detailed guides for the towns set off from Plymouth: [[Kingston, Massachusetts|Kingston]], [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]], and [[Wareham, Massachusetts|Wareham]].
This area was a Wampanoag settlement called Patuxet left vacant due to a recent outbreak of a European borne disease likely contracted from contact with European fishermen a few years earlier for which they had no immunity. The "Pilgrims" anchored in the harbor on 17 December 1620 in search of a place to build shelter for the winter. They started moving on shore four days later. This established Plymouth as the oldest, permanent English settlement in North America. It was the seat of government for Plymouth Colony, and later Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The town 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. Plymouth is steeped in history and lore. The town cemented its reputation as America's "hometown" in the mid-19th century when much was written about town early town history and intertwining it with the glory of a young nation -- much to the consternation of the older Jamestown in Virginia. === Town Clerk ===
11 Lincoln St<br>Plymouth, MA 02360<br>Phone: 508-747-1620 x 189<br>Fax: 508-830-4053<br>Email: [mailto:lpizer@townhall.plymouth.ma.us lpizer@townhall.plymouth.ma.us]<br>[http://www.plymouth-ma.gov Website] == = Plymouth Massachusetts Brief History === This area was a Wampanoag settlement called Patuxet left vacant due to a recent outbreak of a European borne disease likely contracted from contact with European fishermen a few years earlier for which they had no immunity. The "Pilgrims" anchored in the harbor on 17 December 1620 in search of a place to build shelter for the winter. They started moving on shore four days later. This established Plymouth as the oldest, permanent English settlement in North America. It was the seat of government for [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]], and later [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Plymouth County]], though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]]. Plymouth is steeped in history and lore. The town cemented its reputation as America's "hometown" in the mid-19th century when much was written about the early town history and intertwining it with the glory of a young nation -- much to the consternation of the older Jamestown in Virginia.  === Plymouth Massachusetts Historical Data ===
The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 93. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.
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| 4 June 1707
| The West Parish set off as the new town of [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]].
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| 16 June 1726
| The "North Precinct" that also included parts from Duxbury, Pembroke, and Plympton or Jones River Parish set off as the new town of [[Kingston, Massachusetts|Kingston]].
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| 10 July 1739
| Part of town called the plantation of Agawam included in the new town of [[Wareham, Massachusetts|Wareham]].
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| 20 Jan. 1827
| Part annexed to Wareham.
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<div style="width: 147100%"><center>[[Plymouth, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br> == = Plymouth Massachusetts Town Histories ===
[[Image:{{MAPlyPlymoMap}}]]Works written on the town include: {{MAPlyPlymoMap}}
*James Thacher, ''History of the Town of Plymouth, from its first settlement in 1620, to the present time'' (Boston, 1832; Boston, 2nd ed., 1835), iv, 401 pp.<br>Digital version of the second edition at [http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofp1835thac Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=768p0E7guHMC Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=20310 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=History+of+the+Town+of+Plymouth%2C+from+its+first+settlement+in+1620 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|242437|item|disp=FHL fiche 6104126}}.
*William T. Davis, ed., ''Records of the Town of Plymouth'' (Plymouth, Mass., 1889-1903), 1636 to 1783 in 3v.<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/recordsoftownofp01plym vol. 1], [http://archive.org/details/recordsoftownofp02plym vol. 2], [http://archive.org/details/cu31924092203706 vol. 3]), Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=SvYPAAAAYAAJ vol. 1], [http://books.google.com/books?id=3p0-AAAAYAAJ vol. 2], [http://books.google.com/books?id=g4Y-AAAAYAAJ vol. 3]), and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10117 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11349523 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|270797|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P3 N2r, film 417211, or fiche 6014049}} with digital link.
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth,_Massachusetts Plymouth Wikipedia page].
 Go to [https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%28Plymouth%20mass%29 Archive.org] to find published materials for this town. <center>[[Plymouth, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  === Plymouth Massachusetts Genealogy Resources === ==== Vital Records ====
The town's vital records are available in many locations:
<center>'''Original records''' </center>
*[http://www.plymouth-ma.gov/Public_Documents/PlymouthMA_TownClerk/index '''Plymouth Town Clerk's Office''']'''<br>'''11 Lincoln Street<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>Phone 508-747-1620 x169<br>Email [mailto:administrator@townhall.plymouth.ma.us administrator@townhall.plymouth.ma.us]
*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Plymouth vital records, 1699-1893, {{FHL|513959|item|disp=FHL films 416330–416331, 416334-416336, 416344}}; Births and Marriages, 1853-1964, {{FHL|486921|item|disp=FHL films 416337–416340}}; Index to Deaths, 1855-1910, {{FHL|655452|item|disp=FHL film 836364}}.<br>These records are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DR6%3A1926900906%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1663-1910, on 118 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index.
*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www. sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide to the state ]] for more information here.
<center>'''Published records''' </center>
*Lee D. van Antwerp, comp., and Ruth Wilder Sherman, ed., ''Vital Records of Plymouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Camden, Me., 1993), x, 774 pp., indexed<br>This volume is a verbatim transcript of the records from the town books that begun in 1686. The last section of the book is the vital records that were entered on the Colony records from 1633 to 1686 that pertain to Plymouth. These were previously published by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, but these are known to have transcription errors, so the corrections that appeared in the ''Mayflower Descendant'' were used for this book. There may be duplication of what appeared in the town book, but this list is the complete record from the Colony.<br>The only digital version is at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=340 American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/29817369 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|689743|item|disp=FHL 974.482/P3 V2}}.
*"Marriage and Baptisms of Rev. Ivory Hovey, 1775-1803" online at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=163 American Ancestors] ($).
*"Marriages Entered on the Court Records of Plymouth County, Mass." in ''Pilgrim Notes and Queries'', 3 [1915]: 120-122, Plymouth at 121 covering 1693 and 1694.
<center>'''Online records''' </center>
*Plymouth vital records, 1699-1893, Births and Marriages, 1853-1917, Index to Deaths, 1855-1910, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DR6%3A1926900906%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch]. Early records, 1636-1686, from the County Court records, and vital records, 1699-1756, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DRN%3A937718596%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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<br> ==== City Directories ==== Plymouth was published in 1846, 1860, 1864, 1873, 1880, 1887/8, 1890/1, 1893, 1896, 1898/9, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1932, 1936.  The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
Other holdings:  *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1873, 1880, 1887/8, 1890/1, 1893, 1898/9, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1932, 1936. *[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1846, 1860, 1903-1932. *[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1846, 1860, 1887/8, 1890, 1896, 1898/9, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1932 on {{FHL|534622|item|disp=FHL various film records}}. *[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none. *[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1887/8, 1890, 1893, 1896, 1898/9, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1932. *[http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1027278~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1864, 1887/8, 1890, 1893, 1898/9, 1905, 1911, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1932.<center>[[Plymouth, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center> ==== Cemeteries ====
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Plymouth. Use the map on [http://plymouthcolony.net/plymouth/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony.net] to locate the cemeteries. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.
:#Oak Grove Cemetery, 1803. (B)<br>Online transcription for Oak Grove and Vill Hill Cemeteries together on U.S. GenWeb Tombstones in 18 parts: [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh01.txt Pt. 1] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh02.txt Pt. 2] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh03.txt Pt. 3] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh04.txt Pt. 4] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh05.txt Pt. 5] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh06.txt Pt. 6] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh07.txt Pt. 7] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh08.txt Pt. 8] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh09.txt Pt. 9] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh10.txt Pt. 10] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh11.txt Pt. 11] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh12.txt Pt. 12] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh13.txt Pt. 13] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh14.txt Pt. 14] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh15.txt Pt. 15] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh16.txt Pt. 16] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh17.txt Pt. 17] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh18.txt Pt. 18] |
:#Parting Ways Cemetery, 18th century.
:#Plymouth County Memorial Cemetery, 1970. :#[http://www.plymouth-ma.gov/Public_Documents/PlymouthMA_Cemetery/Town%20Cemeteries Plymouth Town Cemeteries - Maps, Burials, some PDF files]
:#Raymond-Newcomb Cemetery, 1800.
:#Redding / Bloody Pond Cemetery, 1851.
:#Whitehorse Cemetery, 1717-1943. (A)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/whitehorse.txt U.S. GenWeb].
Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br>(A). [httphttps://www.americanancestors.org/homeindex.html aspx New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscripts Dept.<br>(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}.<br>
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==== Churches ====
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. More recent churches are not listed here.
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==== Newspapers ====
:#''Plymouth Journal'', 1785-1786.
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== = Plymouth Massachusetts Genealogy Libraries and Historical Societies ===
The following is a list of research facilities in town:
[http://www.plimoth.org/ '''Plimoth Plantation'''] '''[museum]'''<br>PO Box 1620<br>137 Warren Avenue<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>508-746-1622
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''<br> [[Massachusetts, Plymouth County Probate Files - FamilySearch Historical Records|Massachusetts, Plymouth County Probate Files - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>  == = Plymouth Massachusetts Genealogy References ===
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: '''''<b>Plymouth Co.:</b>'' [[Carver, Massachusetts|Carver]] | [[Duxbury, Massachusetts|Duxbury]] | [[Kingston, Massachusetts|Kingston]] | [[Wareham, Massachusetts|Wareham]] | '''''Barnstable Co.:''''' [[Bourne, Massachusetts|Bourne]]</center> <br>{{Towns in Plymouth County in Massachusetts}} <!--Designed by Scott Andrew Bartley in conjunction with the Mass. Wiki Team on 1 June 2012--> </div>
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