Truro, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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United States
Barnstable County

Town Hall

Town Clerk

24 Town Hall Rd,
PO Box 2012
Truro, MA 02666-2012
Phone: 508-349-7004 x 14
Fax: 508-349-5505

Quick Facts

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Establishment and former town name(s)

Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts WorldCat 49562661FHL Collection

16 July 1709: Established as a town, formerly a tract of land called "Pawmett", to "... be called by the name of Truroe..." (Prov. Laws, Vol. I, p. 642)

Archiac name: Dangerfield, Meeshaum, Pawmett, Tashmuit

Section/Villages within the town: Beach Point, Castle Village, Corn Hill, Dyer's Hollow, Harding's Hollow, Head Pamet, Higgins Hollow, High Head Highland, Highland Light, Hogsback, Neck, North Truro, Pond Village, South Truro, The Castle, Truro Center, Truro Station, Whitmanville.

Boundary Changes

21 October 1714: Bounds between Truro and Province Lands established.

12 June 1813: Part annexed to Provincetown and bounds established.

2 March 1829: Part annexed to Provincetown and bounds established.

30 March 1836: Part annexed to Provincetown.

22 February 1837: Bounds between Truro and Wellfleet established.

Neighboring Towns

Provincetown | Wellfleet | Cape Cod Bay to the west, Atlantic Ocean to the east




Ball (1923)

in the woods at the end of Higgins Hollow Rd

Cobb Family (1779)

in the woods off Old County Rd
South Truro

H. Doane Grave Site (1781)

off Savage Rd

First Congregational Parish (1813)

Town Hall Rd

Methodist Cemetery (1810)

Bridge and Meetinghouse Rds

New South (1994)

Old County Rd

Old North aka First Church of Christ (1713)

Rte. 6 and Aldrich Rd, near Provincetown town line

Pine Grove (1796)

off County Rd
South Truro

Benjamin Rich Family (1780)

in the woods off Holsberry Rd

T. Ridley Gravesite (1776)

in the woods off Rte. 6

William and Miriam Rollins (1925)

near Pilgrim Lake

Sacred Heart (1868)

Bridge and Meetinghouse Rds

Snow (1817)

Bridge Rd

South Pamet

South Pamet Rd

Church History and Records




  • Register of some early Provincetown and Truro (Provincetown related) families : covering a period from the early 1700's through 1850 plus) FHL Collection


Land and Property


  1. USGS GNIS FID 618260
  2. Google
  3. Hometown Locator


Town Records

  • Town records, 1709-1783, 1844-1870 FHL Collection
  • Records of town meetings, votes, births, marriages, deaths; 1709-1783
  • Records of town meetings, roads, intentions of marriage; 1844-1870

Vital Records

  • Town records, births, marriages and intentions, and deaths, ca. 1771-1847 FHL Collection
  • Truro, Massachusetts computer printout, births early to 1850 FHL Collection
  • Vital records of the town of Truro, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849 FHL Collection book
  • Vital records of the town of Truro, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849 FHL Collection fiche


  • Marriage records of Truro (Barnstable County) in Massachusetts, 1850-1899 FHL Collection fiche


Societies, Libraries and Museums

  • Mayflower descendant legacy FHL Collection
    Note: the record is available online if visiting Family History Library. Mayflower Descendant Magazine, vols. 1-34 (1899-1937) -- Pilgrim notes and queries, vol. 1-5 (1913-1917) -- Bowman's vital records of Brewster (Barnstable Co.), Ma. - to 1850 -- Bowman's vital records of Halifax (Plymouth Co.), Ma. - to 1850 -- Bowman's vital records of Truro (Barnstable Co.) Ma. - to 1850 -- Bowman's Yarmouth cemetery records -- B.N. Derick's cemetery records of Dennis, Ma. -- Falmouth, Ma. vital records index -- Wellfleet cemetery records.