Dennis, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachustts Gotoarrow.png Barnstable County Gotoarrow.png Dennis

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Quick Facts

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Establishment and former town name(s)

North Dennis is same as Dennis.

Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997.

19 June 1793: Incorporated as a town, from part of Yarmouth.

Archiac name: Nobscusset, Sesuet

Section/Villages within the town: Dennis Port, East Dennis, North Dennis, South Dennis, West Dennis

Boundary Changes

12 July 1945:

8 May 1947: Act of July 12, 1945, amended and bounds between Dennis and Harwich established.

Neighboring Towns

Brewster | Harwich | Yarmouth | Cape Cod Bay to the north, Nantucket Sound to the south




All locations in Dennis unless otherwise specifically listed.

  • Cemetery inscriptions of Dennis, Massachusetts FHL
  • B.N. Derick's cemetery records of Dennis, Ma. (part of Mayflower Descendant Legacy) FHL
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Dennis Village (1794)

Old Bass River Rd., Rte 6A

  • Cemetery inscriptions, Dennis Union Church "Did not copy the newer part" FHL

Gravesite of a child who died from smallpox

corner of Setucket and Airline Sts

Hall Family (1696)

Whig St.

  • Cemetery inscriptions, Hall Cemetery FHL

Howes Family (1650)

New Boston Rd

  • Cemetery inscriptions, Howes Cemetery FHL


Rte 6A, on shores of Scargo Lake (no markers)

Oak Ridge (1970)

Rte 134

Paddock Family (1707)

off Rte 6A

  • Cemetery inscriptions - Paddock Cemetery FHL
  • Paddock family genealogy FHL

Quaker (1720)

Mayfair Rd

Centennial celebrations, etc.

  • The celebration of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the founding of old Yarmouth, Mass. : including the present towns of Yarmouth and Dennis; September 1 and 3, 1889 FHL

Church History and Records


  • Second Congregational Church
    Church records, 1728-1810 FHL
  • North Congregational Church
    Church records, 1814-1850 FHL


    • Wesleyan Methodist Church (now United Church of Christ)
      Church records, 1848-1925 FHL


  • City Directories (Title in catalog in error) FHL


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  • Paddock Family Genealogy FHL


  • History of old Yarmouth: comprising the present towns of Yarmouth and Dennis from the settlement to the division in 1794 with the history of both towns to these times FHL

Land and Property

  • Deeds, 1836-1852 FHL


  1. USGS GNIS FID 618252
  2. Google
  3. Hometown Locator

Military History and Records

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Town Records

  • Dennis source records: transcription of records of the town of Dennis, Massachusetts FHL
  • Town records, 1722-1813 FHL
  • Town records, 1794-1836 FHL
  • Town records, 1794-1865: Contains death records, intentions and returns of marriage, warrants, militia rolls, and records of taxation, finance, voting, and town meetings. FHL

Vital Records


Voting Registers

Societies, Libraries and Museums