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Massachusetts Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Massachusetts Background
Local Research Resources
The FamilySearch moderator for Massachusetts is Lee Drew.
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Welcome to the Massachusetts page,
the Bay State

"Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" Pilgrims began the colony 1620.
Most unique genealogical features:
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Online Records

   How to Find Information about Massachusetts, United States Genealogy Ancestors

1. Birth Information
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information


Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.
Berkshire CountyHampden CountyHampshire CountyFranklin CountyWorcester CountyMiddlesex CountyEssex CountySuffolk CountyNorfolk CountyBristol CountyPlymouth CountyBarnstable CountyDukes CountyNantucket CountyMassachusetts-county-map.gif

Obsolete Jurisdictions of Massachusetts:  Cornwall (ME)  · Devonshire (ME)  · Dominion of New England  · Dukes (NY)  · Maine  · Massachusetts Bay Colony  · New Hampshire  · New Netherland  · Norfolk (old)  · Plymouth Colony  · Yorkshire (ME)

Major Repositories

New England Historic Genealogical Society · Massachusetts State Archives · Massachusetts State Library · Massachusetts Historical Society · Boston Public Library · Connecticut Valley Historical Museum · Berkshire Athenaeum · Peabody Essex Museum · American Antquarian Society · National Archives Northeast Region (Boston) · New York Public Library

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Migration Routes

Bay Road · Catskill Road · Coastal Path · Greenwood Road · Kennebunk Road · King's Highway or Boston Post Road · Massachusetts Turnpike · Mohawk Trail · Old Connecticut Path · Old Roebuck Road · Connecticut River · Atlantic Coast Ports


Historical Background

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. For more information about the history of Massachusetts, see the Massachusetts History article.

Research Tools

  • The Massachusetts GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
  • Massachusetts Land Records provides access to indexes and search tools to find recorded records. Some counties have records, with images, available back to 1900.
  • County Creation Dates and Divisions showing dates they were created or renamed and counties created from older counties.

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

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