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


Gotoarrow.png Town Records

  • 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

Gotoarrow.png Town Records 1794-1865


Town Records

  • Dennis source records: transcription of records of the town of Dennis, Massachusetts FHL
  • Town records, 1722-1813 FHL
  • Town records, 1794-1836: Contains town finance records. 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

Gotoarrow.png Town Records 1794-1865

  • Vital records, 1794-1847 FHL
  • Vital records (1793-1900) FHL
    Includes surname indexes in each volume.
    Contents: v. 1. Dennis town records (1794-1820); Births & deaths, parts 1 and 2 (1710-1855); Births & deaths - early, parts 1 & 2 (1700s to date)
    v. 2. Dennis marriage returns [some intentions in back] 1810-1847); Marriage records (1814-1855); Marriage intentions [also marriages] (1835-1858); Intentions of marriage (1860-1887); Births, marriages, deaths (1855-1862)
    v. 3. Birth records - book 2 (1862- 1891); Marriage records - book 2 (1863-1890); Death records - book 2 (1863-1890).


  • Index to vital records of Dennis, Mass. and Yarmouth, Mass. "An index to the vital records of Dennis, Mass. to approximately 1815 and Yarmouth, Mass. to approximately 1760, as published 1899-1934 in the Mayflwoer Descendant, Vols. 1-34. (Index shows Volume and page in the Mayflower Descendant.)" FHL

Voting Registers

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