|Massachusetts Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
see the Massachusetts Genealogy Guide page.
These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Massachusetts.
- 1 Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Massachusetts
- 2 National Archives
- 3 Societies
- 4 State
- 5 Regional
- 5.1 Berkshire Athenaeum
- 5.2 Boston Public Library
- 5.3 Dedham Historical Society Library
- 5.4 Haverhill Public Library
- 5.5 Houghton Library
- 5.6 Jones Library
- 5.7 Peabody Essex Museum
- 5.8 Plymouth Public Library
- 5.9 Springfield History Library and Archives
- 5.10 University of Massachusetts Amherst Library
- 5.11 Boston Massachusetts Family History Center
- 6 Outside Massachusetts
- 7 Online Collections
- 8 Guides
- 9 References
Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Massachusetts
New England Historic Genealogical Society · American Antiquarian Society · Massachusetts State Archives · Massachusetts Historical Society · State Library of Massachusetts · Berkshire Athenaeum · Boston Public Library · Dedham Historical Society Library · Haverhill Public Library · Houghton Library Harvard University · Jones Library · Onondaga Historical Association Library · Peabody Essex Museum · Plymouth Public Library · Springfield History Library and Archives · University of Massachusetts Amherst Library · Vermont Historical Society · National Archives Northeast Region (Boston) · Pittsfield Federal Records Center · New York Public Library
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201-8230
E-mail: [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com]
- The Pittsfield Center has CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT federal government agency and court documents. Their large genealogy microfilm collection has been transferred to the Berkshire Athenaeum listed below.
- Best overall collection for New England vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for members only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.
- Best known for its U.S. newspaper collection of over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, manuscripts.
- Government records, censuses, military records, land records, naturalizations, divorces, probate, name changes, and adoptions. Only 18 of the 328 volumes of the excellent Massachusetts Archives Collection, aka Felt Collection, of 1629-1799 history are indexed online. The Archives' online searchable collections include:
- The Massachusetts Archives Collection Database (1629-1799) serves as a searchable, descriptive index and catalog for documents of eighteen volumes of the Massachusetts Archives Collection.
- Index to Passenger Manifests (1848-1891)
- Index to Vital Records (1841-1910)
- Excellent historical materials, original town records, newspapers and genealogies. This collection does not repeat the New England Historic Genealogical Society collection.
State House, Room 341
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 727–2590
Fax: (617) 727–5819
Internet: State Library of Massachusetts
- Published books, periodicals, state and town histories, government publications, city directories, maps, tax records, newspapers and indexes.
- Best genealogical repository in western Massachusetts, including newspapers, books, and family histories. Now includes the former Pittsfield Federal Records Center's 71,000 microfilms of censuses, Revolutionary War pension and bounty land warrants, service records 1784-1901, Mexican War, Civil War, World War I, New England naturalizations, 1791-1966, passenger arrivals at Boston, New York, Philadelphia and east coast ports, Canadian border crossings, Indian enrollment cards, Russian Consular records, Barbour Collection for Connecticut, and Vermont vital records index.  
- Their collection includes New England newspapers, city directores, town records, county and local histories, and genealogies.
- Great collection of manuscripts including deeds, vital and town records from the 15 towns created from old Dedham (south of Boston).
99 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
- One of New England's largest collections of original manuscripts, books, genealogical periodicals, and surname folders, local history collection, genealogy databases, Massachusetts vital records to 1910, federal and state censuses, 9,000 New England town and family histories. 
Cambridge, MA 02138
- Manuscripts and rare books from many nations, but especially New England, Britain and Europe, historical archives of publishing history, political and missionary archives, paintings and artifacts. Largest volume of primary historical documents.
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
- The Boltwood Collection includes 20,000 documents, genealogies, family folders, genealogy periodicals, newspapers, and local histories with an emphasis on Amherst and the Pioneer Valley. 
1 Second Street (temporarily)
Peabody, MA USA
Telephone: 978-745-9500, or 866-745-1876
For the Hearing Impaired: 978-740-3649
- Essex County books, manuscripts, and government records such as probate records, customs records, and maritime records. Can often help find trans-Atlantic ship logs, and ship images.
- Almost all published histories and genealogies of early Massachusetts settlers are here.
(formerly Connecticut Valley Historical Museum Library)
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
Internet: Springfield History Library and Archives
- Can help identify Massachusetts emigrants headed west using vital records, land records, and probate records from many New England towns. They also have French Canadian records, the Loiselle Index, New York passenger arrivals, computer databases, over 20,000 genealogy books, 6,000 microforms, 50,000 photos and 2.5 million manuscripts including diaries, and account books. 
- Very large set of biographies, genealogies, and never-published histories, and church, business, fraternal, insurance, and manufacturing records. They also have the Massachusetts Archives Collection microfilms, Franklin, Hampshire, and Suffolk counties' probate records, especially Connecticut River Valley towns.
150 Brown Street
Weston, Massachusetts 02493-2604
- The largest Family History Center in New England. Can order microfilms from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. They have published town and county histories of New England, social histories, vital records, family histories, and major indexes.
- For additional information, see also Massachusetts Repositories.
- 10,000 family folders for northeastern families.
- Their collection includes a comprehensive name index of Massachusetts people, strong collection of family and town histories of New England, vital records, cemetery transcripts, genealogical periodicals, manuscripts, maps, and photos.
Two important inventories of Massachusetts records are:
- Historical Records Survey (Massachusetts). Preliminary Edition of Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts: Historical Records Survey, 1939). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 974.4 A2hg. This work lists major manuscript collections and their locations.
- Carroll D. Wright, Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties (Boston, Massachusetts: Wright and Potter, 1889). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Film 865449 item 2; Fiche 6046869; Book 974.4 A3cr. Gives a brief description of the town records that existed in 1889 and which may still be available.
- William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 124. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
- Genealogy Resources in Berkshire Athenaeum (accessed 14 November 2013).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 59.
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 57.
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 124-25.
- Genealogy Resources in Haverhill Public Library (accessed 14 November 2013).
- Collections and Finding Aids in Jones Library - Special Collections (accessed 14 November 2013).
- Springfield History Library and Archives in Springfield Museums (accessed 14 November 2013).
- Genealogy Research at the Vermont Historical Society in Vermont Historical Society (accessed 14 November 2013).