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{{stub}}''[[United States|United States]] > [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] > Middlesex County'' [[Image:Ma-middlesex.png|thumb|right|500px|showing location of Middlesex County]]  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] '''''Middlesex County''' [[Image:Ma-middlesex.png|right|400px|Ma-middlesex.png]] {{MAMidTowns}}
  
== [http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml County Courthouse] ==
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/MA_Middlesex.htm Middlesex County Courthouse]<br>208 Cambridge Street East<br>East Cambridge, Ma 02141<br>Phone: 617-494-4533<br><br>City Clerks has birth records 1632-1745<br>marrige records 1651-1793,&nbsp;death records 165-1689;<br>Divorce records from 1888 and court records from 1755<br>Register of Deeds 360 Gorham Street Lowell, Ma 01852&nbsp;has land <br>records from southern District for Northern District from 1855<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Middlesex County, Massachusetts, p.330.</ref>&gt;
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[http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml]  
  
 
*In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]], [[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex]], [[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]] and [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] were abolished.  
 
*In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, [[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]], [[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex]], [[Hampden County, Massachusetts|Hampden]] and [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] were abolished.  
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*[[Bristol County, Massachusetts|Bristol]], [[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes]], [[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket]], [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]], [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] and [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]] county governments remain substantially unchanged.
 
*[[Bristol County, Massachusetts|Bristol]], [[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes]], [[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket]], [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk]], [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] and [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk]] county governments remain substantially unchanged.
  
== History ==
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== Quick Facts ==
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{{Wikipedia|Middlesex County, Massachusetts}}
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The county was created by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643, when it was ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires". Middlesex initially contained Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, and Reading.
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''10 May 1643:''' Created from the [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] lands. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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'''10 May 1643:''' Created from the [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] lands. <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
'''5 April 1731:''' [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] County was set off. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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'''5 April 1731:''' [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] County was set off.  
  
 
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places ====
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{{Middlesex County, Massachusetts}}
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== Resources  ==
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=== Archives and Libraries ===
  
Cambridge, Lowell, Watertown, Woburn, Billerica, Concord, Lexington, [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts Populated Places|more ...]]
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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Refer to the cities and towns above for the cemeteries. There are no "rural" cemeteries in Massachusetts.
  
[[Essex County, Massachusetts|Essex ]]| [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk ]]| [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk ]]| [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester ]]| [[Hillsborough County, New Hampshire|Hillsborough County]], New Hampshire
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=48398 Lowell Cemetery, Lowell] BillionGraves
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*[http://stpatrickcemetery.com/ St. Patrick Cemetery], Lowell: Courtesy of the cemetery&nbsp;
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*[http://www.stmarycemetery.com/ St. Mary Cemetery], Tewksbury: Courtesy of the cemetery
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=48789 Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell] BillionGraves. (location also listed in above localities box as 'Littleton Commons').
  
== Resources ==
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=== Census  ===
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==== Federal  ====
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Searchable census records:
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803959 1790]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1804228 1800]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803765 1810]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803955 1820]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803958 1830]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1786457 1840]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1401638 1850]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1473181 1860]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1438024 1870]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 1880]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1610551 1890 Veterans]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 1900]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1727033 1910] =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1488411 1920]  =====
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===== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1810731 1930]  =====
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==== State Census  ====
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===== 1855  =====
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[[Massachusetts 1855 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|''Massachusetts 1855 State Census'']] A free Internet index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1459985FamilySearch Historical Records Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1855, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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===== 1865 =====
  
Refer to the cities and towns above for the cemeteries. There are no "rural" cemeteries in Massachusetts.
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[[Massachusetts 1865 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|''Massachusetts 1865 State Census'']] A free Internet index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410399 FamilySearch Historical Records Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1865, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.  
  
==== Census ====
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=== Church History and Records ===
  
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Refer to Cities and Towns for the church history and records. There are no "rural" churches in Massachusetts.
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*1810
 
*1820
 
*1830
 
*1840
 
*1850
 
*1855 - please refers to cities and towns, too
 
*1860
 
*1865 - please refers to cities and towns, too
 
*1870
 
*1880
 
*1890 Veterans
 
*1900
 
*1910
 
*1920
 
*1930
 
  
===== State Census =====
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=== Court ===
  
==== Church History and Records<br> ====
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=== Gazetteers  ===
  
Refer to Cities and Towns for the church history and records. There are no "rural" churches in Massachusetts.
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=== Land  ===
  
==== Court ====
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=== History ===
  
==== Gazetteers ====
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=== Maps ===
  
==== Land ====
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=== Military History and Records ===
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Newspapers ===
  
==== Maps  ====
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[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=3091 {{nowrap|Boston newspapers}}] (early 1900's), [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=16919 The Lowell Sun] (1878-1977), [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=9894 {{nowrap|Fitchburg newspapers}}] (1868-1977), and [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=64&ci=23471 {{nowrap|Portsmouth,NH newspapers}}] (1898-2007) covering local news that included residents from Middlesex County communities.<br>
  
==== Military ====
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==== Newspapers ====
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=== Taxation ===
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Vital Records ===
  
==== Taxation ====
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== Societies, Libraries and Museums ==
  
==== Vital Records ====
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==== Family history Centers ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Belmont Massachusetts Family History Center]]
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*[[Boston Massachusetts Family History Center]]
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*[[Cambridge Massachusetts Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.calcentral.com/~ourgenealogy/mamiddle.html The Middlesex County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.calcentral.com/~ourgenealogy/mamiddle.html The Middlesex County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County (backup site)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Middlesex The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Middlesex County (backup site)  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=184215&subject_disp=Massachusetts%2C+Middlesex&columns=*,0,0 FamilySearch.org] Family History Library catalog for Middlesex County
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*[http://www.gurganus.org/ourfamily/county.cfm/state/MA/county/Middlesex%20Co Middlesex County at Our Family Tree]
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*{{FHL|184215|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Middlesex County
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
<references />
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{{reflist}} {{Massachusetts|Massachusetts}}
  
 
[[Category:Middlesex_County,_Massachusetts]]
 
[[Category:Middlesex_County,_Massachusetts]]

Revision as of 17:08, 14 November 2012

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County Courthouse

Middlesex County Courthouse
208 Cambridge Street East
East Cambridge, Ma 02141
Phone: 617-494-4533

City Clerks has birth records 1632-1745
marrige records 1651-1793, death records 165-1689;
Divorce records from 1888 and court records from 1755
Register of Deeds 360 Gorham Street Lowell, Ma 01852 has land
records from southern District for Northern District from 1855[1]>

http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml

  • In 1997, the county governments of Middlesex, Berkshire, Essex, Hampden and Worcester were abolished.
  • Their functions were turned over to state agencies.
  • Sheriffs in these counties still administer jails but their employees are state employees.
  • The legislation to abolish these county governments transferred Registeries of Deeds to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
  • Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk county governments remain substantially unchanged.

Quick Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Middlesex County, Massachusetts

The county was created by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643, when it was ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires". Middlesex initially contained Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, and Reading.

Parent County

10 May 1643: Created from the Massachusetts Bay Colony lands. [2]

Boundary Changes

5 April 1731: Worcester County was set off.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Resources

Archives and Libraries

Cemeteries

Refer to the cities and towns above for the cemeteries. There are no "rural" cemeteries in Massachusetts.

Census

Federal

Searchable census records:

1790
1800
1810
1820
1830
1840
1850
1860
1870
1880
1890 Veterans
1900
1910
1920
1930

State Census

1855
  • please refers to cities and towns, too

Massachusetts 1855 State Census A free Internet index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the Historical Records Search. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1855, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.

1865

Massachusetts 1865 State Census A free Internet index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Historical Records Search. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1865, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.

Church History and Records

Refer to Cities and Towns for the church history and records. There are no "rural" churches in Massachusetts.

Court

Gazetteers

Land

History

Maps

Military History and Records

Newspapers

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Boston newspapers (early 1900's), The Lowell Sun (1878-1977), Fitchburg newspapers (1868-1977), and Portsmouth,NH newspapers (1898-2007) covering local news that included residents from Middlesex County communities.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family history Centers

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Middlesex County, Massachusetts, p.330.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].