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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Plymouth'''  
 
''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Plymouth'''  
  
== Brief History  ==
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Plymouth. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are detailed guides for the towns set off from Plymouth: [[Kingston, Massachusetts|Kingston]], [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]], and [[Wareham, Massachusetts|Wareham]].
  
This area was a Wampanoag settlement called Patuxet left vacant due to a recent outbreak of a European borne disease likely contracted from contact with European fishermen a few years earlier for which they had no immunity. The "Pilgrims" anchored in the harbor on 17 December 1620 in search of a place to build shelter for the winter. They started moving on shore four days later. This established Plymouth as the oldest, permanent English settlement in North America. It was the seat of government for Plymouth Colony, and later Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Plymouth is steeped in history and lore. The town clemented its reputation as America's "hometown" in the mid-19th century when much was written about town early town history and intertwining it with the glory of a young nation -- much to the consternation of the older Jamestown in Virginia.
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== Plymouth Massachusetts Brief History  ==
  
== Historical Data<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 93. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> ==
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This area was a Wampanoag settlement called Patuxet left vacant due to a recent outbreak of a European borne disease likely contracted from contact with European fishermen a few years earlier for which they had no immunity. The "Pilgrims" anchored in the harbor on 17 December 1620 in search of a place to build shelter for the winter. They started moving on shore four days later. This established Plymouth as the oldest, permanent English settlement in North America. It was the seat of government for [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]], and later [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]], though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]]. Plymouth is steeped in history and lore. The town cemented its reputation as America's "hometown" in the mid-19th century when much was written about the early town history and intertwining it with the glory of a young nation -- much to the consternation of the older Jamestown in Virginia.
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== Plymouth Massachusetts Historical Data  ==
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The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 93. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.
 
<center>'''Associated names''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Associated names''' </center>  
 
Plymouth, or parts of it, have been called at one time Accomack, Agawam Plantation, Apaum, Kamesit, Kitaumet, New Plymouth, Patuxet, Plimouth, Sauquish, Tionet, and Umpame.  
 
Plymouth, or parts of it, have been called at one time Accomack, Agawam Plantation, Apaum, Kamesit, Kitaumet, New Plymouth, Patuxet, Plimouth, Sauquish, Tionet, and Umpame.  
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| 4 June 1707  
 
| 4 June 1707  
| The West Parish set off as the new town of Plympton
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| The West Parish set off as the new town of [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]].
 
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| 16 June 1726  
 
| 16 June 1726  
| The "North Precinct" that also included parts from Duxbury, Pembroke, and Plympton or Jones River Parish set off as the new town of Kingston.
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| The "North Precinct" that also included parts from Duxbury, Pembroke, and Plympton or Jones River Parish set off as the new town of [[Kingston, Massachusetts|Kingston]].
 
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| 10 July 1739  
 
| 10 July 1739  
| Part of town called the plantation of Agawam included in the new town of Wareham.
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| Part of town called the plantation of Agawam included in the new town of [[Wareham, Massachusetts|Wareham]].
 
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| 20 Jan. 1827  
 
| 20 Jan. 1827  
 
| Part annexed to Wareham.
 
| Part annexed to Wareham.
 
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== Plymouth Massachusetts Town Histories  ==
  
== Town Histories  ==
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Works written on the town include: {{MAPlyPlymoMap}}
 
 
[[Image:{{MAPlyPlymoMap}}]]Works written on the town include:  
 
  
 
*James Thacher, ''History of the Town of Plymouth, from its first settlement in 1620, to the present time'' (Boston, 1832; Boston, 2nd ed., 1835), iv, 401 pp.<br>Digital version of the second edition at [http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofp1835thac Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=768p0E7guHMC Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=20310 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=History+of+the+Town+of+Plymouth%2C+from+its+first+settlement+in+1620 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|242437|item|disp=FHL fiche 6104126}}.
 
*James Thacher, ''History of the Town of Plymouth, from its first settlement in 1620, to the present time'' (Boston, 1832; Boston, 2nd ed., 1835), iv, 401 pp.<br>Digital version of the second edition at [http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofp1835thac Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=768p0E7guHMC Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=20310 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=History+of+the+Town+of+Plymouth%2C+from+its+first+settlement+in+1620 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|242437|item|disp=FHL fiche 6104126}}.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth,_Massachusetts Plymouth Wikipedia page].
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth,_Massachusetts Plymouth Wikipedia page].
 
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== Vital Records  ==
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== Plymouth Massachusetts Genealogy Resources ==
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=== Plymouth Massachusetts Vital Records  ===
  
 
The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
 
The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
 
<center>'''Original records''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Original records''' </center>  
*[http://www.plymouth-ma.gov/Public_Documents/PlymouthMA_TownClerk/index Plymouth Town Clerk's Office]<br>11 Lincoln Street<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>Phone 508-747-1620 x169<br>Email [mailto:administrator@townhall.plymouth.ma.us administrator@townhall.plymouth.ma.us]  
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*[http://www.plymouth-ma.gov/Public_Documents/PlymouthMA_TownClerk/index '''Plymouth Town Clerk's Office''']'''<br>'''11 Lincoln Street<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>Phone 508-747-1620 x169<br>Email [mailto:administrator@townhall.plymouth.ma.us administrator@townhall.plymouth.ma.us]  
*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, 1699-1893, {{FHL|513959|item|disp=FHL films 416330–416331, 416334-416336, 416344}}; Births and Marriages, 1853-1964, {{FHL|486921|item|disp=FHL films 416337–416340}}; Index to Deaths, 1855-1910, {{FHL|655452|item|disp=FHL film 836364}}.  
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Plymouth vital records, 1699-1893, {{FHL|513959|item|disp=FHL films 416330–416331, 416334-416336, 416344}}; Births and Marriages, 1853-1964, {{FHL|486921|item|disp=FHL films 416337–416340}}; Index to Deaths, 1855-1910, {{FHL|655452|item|disp=FHL film 836364}}.<br>These records are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DR6%3A1926900906%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].  
 
*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1663-1910, on 118 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index.  
 
*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1663-1910, on 118 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index.  
*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841. See the guide to the state for more information here.
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.
 
<center>'''Published records''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Published records''' </center>  
 
*Lee D. van Antwerp, comp., and Ruth Wilder Sherman, ed., ''Vital Records of Plymouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Camden, Me., 1993), x, 774 pp., indexed<br>This volume is a verbatim transcript of the records from the town books that begun in 1686. The last section of the book is the vital records that were entered on the Colony records from 1633 to 1686 that pertain to Plymouth. These were previously published by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, but these are known to have transcription errors, so the corrections that appeared in the ''Mayflower Descendant'' were used for this book. There may be duplication of what appeared in the town book, but this list is the complete record from the Colony.<br>The only digital version is at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=340 American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/29817369 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|689743|item|disp=FHL 974.482/P3 V2}}.  
 
*Lee D. van Antwerp, comp., and Ruth Wilder Sherman, ed., ''Vital Records of Plymouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Camden, Me., 1993), x, 774 pp., indexed<br>This volume is a verbatim transcript of the records from the town books that begun in 1686. The last section of the book is the vital records that were entered on the Colony records from 1633 to 1686 that pertain to Plymouth. These were previously published by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, but these are known to have transcription errors, so the corrections that appeared in the ''Mayflower Descendant'' were used for this book. There may be duplication of what appeared in the town book, but this list is the complete record from the Colony.<br>The only digital version is at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=340 American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/29817369 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|689743|item|disp=FHL 974.482/P3 V2}}.  
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*"Marriage and Baptisms of Rev. Ivory Hovey, 1775-1803" online at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=163 American Ancestors] ($).  
 
*"Marriage and Baptisms of Rev. Ivory Hovey, 1775-1803" online at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=163 American Ancestors] ($).  
 
*"Marriages Entered on the Court Records of Plymouth County, Mass." in ''Pilgrim Notes and Queries'', 3 [1915]: 120-122, Plymouth at 121 covering 1693 and 1694.
 
*"Marriages Entered on the Court Records of Plymouth County, Mass." in ''Pilgrim Notes and Queries'', 3 [1915]: 120-122, Plymouth at 121 covering 1693 and 1694.
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>
== Cemeteries  ==
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*Plymouth vital records, 1699-1893, Births and Marriages, 1853-1917, Index to Deaths, 1855-1910, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DR6%3A1926900906%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch]. Early records, 1636-1686, from the County Court records, and vital records, 1699-1756, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DRN%3A937718596%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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=== Plymouth Massachusetts City Directories  ===
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Plymouth was published in 1846, 1860, 1864, 1873, 1880, 1887/8, 1890/1, 1893, 1896, 1898/9, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1932, 1936.
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The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1873, 1880, 1887/8, 1890/1, 1893, 1898/9, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1932, 1936.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1846, 1860, 1903-1932.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1846, 1860, 1887/8, 1890, 1896, 1898/9, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1932 on {{FHL|534622|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1887/8, 1890, 1893, 1896, 1898/9, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1932.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1027278~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1864, 1887/8, 1890, 1893, 1898/9, 1905, 1911, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1932.
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=== Plymouth Massachusetts Cemeteries  ===
  
 
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Plymouth. Use the map on [http://plymouthcolony.net/plymouth/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony.net] to locate the cemeteries. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.  
 
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Plymouth. Use the map on [http://plymouthcolony.net/plymouth/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony.net] to locate the cemeteries. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.  
  
#Bassett Cemeter, 1835.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/herrngwy.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Bassett Cemeter, 1835.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/herrngwy.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Bates Burial Ground, 1867.  
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:#Bates Burial Ground, 1867.  
#Beth Jacob Cemetery, n.d.  
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:#Beth Jacob Cemetery, n.d.  
#Blackmar Hill Burial Ground, 1830.  
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:#Blackmar Hill Burial Ground, 1830.  
#Brailey Burial Ground, 1854.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/factryln.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Brailey Burial Ground, 1854.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/factryln.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Burial Hill Cemetery, 1622. (A)<br>Bradford Kingman, ''Epitaphs from Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, from 1657 to 1892, with biographical and historical notes'' (Brookline, Mass., 1892), xv, 330 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/epitaphsfromburi00king Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=QgcvAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6241 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Epitaphs+from+Burial+Hill%2C+Plymouth%2C+Massachusetts%2C+from+1657+to+1892&qt=owc_search WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|270671|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P3 V3k or film 1035737 Item 8}}.<br>Benjamin Drew, ''Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts: Its Monuments and Gravestones Numbered and Briefly Described'' (Plymouth, Mass., [1894]), viii, 177 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/burialhillplymou00drew Internet Archive].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Burial+Hill%2C+Plymouth%2C+Massachusetts%3A+Its+Monuments+and+Gravestones&qt=results_page WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|724164|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P3 V3d}} with digital link.<br>Frank H. Perkins, ''Handbook of Old Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts: Its History, Its Famous Dead, and Its Quaint Epitaphs'' (Plymouth, Mass., 1896; rep. 1902), 49 pp. ['''not''' a complete listing].<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive (http://archive.org/details/handbookofoldbur00perk (1896) or [http://archive.org/details/handbookofoldbur00perki (1902)]) and [http://books.google.com/books?id=1grmpqYO44sC Google Books] (1896).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/5468672 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1888500|item|disp=FHL digital link only}}. <br>Barbara J. Bradford, ''Burial Hill in the 1990s, Massachuesetts'' [sic] (Plymouth, Mass., 2000), xxxix, 650, 6 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/46799141 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|991174|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P3 V3r}}.  
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:#Burial Hill Cemetery, 1622. (A)<br>Bradford Kingman, ''Epitaphs from Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, from 1657 to 1892, with biographical and historical notes'' (Brookline, Mass., 1892), xv, 330 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/epitaphsfromburi00king Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=QgcvAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6241 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Epitaphs+from+Burial+Hill%2C+Plymouth%2C+Massachusetts%2C+from+1657+to+1892&qt=owc_search WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|270671|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P3 V3k or film 1035737 Item 8}}.<br>Benjamin Drew, ''Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts: Its Monuments and Gravestones Numbered and Briefly Described'' (Plymouth, Mass., [1894]), viii, 177 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/burialhillplymou00drew Internet Archive].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Burial+Hill%2C+Plymouth%2C+Massachusetts%3A+Its+Monuments+and+Gravestones&qt=results_page WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|724164|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P3 V3d}} with digital link.<br>Frank H. Perkins, ''Handbook of Old Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts: Its History, Its Famous Dead, and Its Quaint Epitaphs'' (Plymouth, Mass., 1896; rep. 1902), 49 pp. ['''not''' a complete listing].<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive (http://archive.org/details/handbookofoldbur00perk (1896) or [http://archive.org/details/handbookofoldbur00perki (1902)]) and [http://books.google.com/books?id=1grmpqYO44sC Google Books] (1896).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/5468672 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1888500|item|disp=FHL digital link only}}. <br>Barbara J. Bradford, ''Burial Hill in the 1990s, Massachuesetts'' [sic] (Plymouth, Mass., 2000), xxxix, 650, 6 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/46799141 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|991174|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P3 V3r}}.  
#Cedarville Cemetery, 1821. (B)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/cedarvil.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Cedarville Cemetery, 1821. (B)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/cedarvil.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Chiltonville Cemetery, 1729.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/chltcong.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Chiltonville Cemetery, 1729.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/chltcong.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Christ Episcopal Church Columbarium, n.d.  
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:#Christ Episcopal Church Columbarium, n.d.  
#Coles Hill Burial Ground, 1620.  
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:#Coles Hill Burial Ground, 1620.  
#Douglas Burying Ground, 1828. (B)  
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:#Douglas Burying Ground, 1828. (B)  
#Faunce Memorial Burial Park, 1886.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/fauncech.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Faunce Memorial Burial Park, 1886.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/fauncech.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Fawn Pond Cemetery, n.d.  
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:#Fawn Pond Cemetery, n.d.  
#Harlow-Savery Cemetery, 1806.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/savery.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Harlow-Savery Cemetery, 1806.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/savery.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Herring Pond Wampanoag Indian / Bournedale Cemetery, 1849.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/indnburl.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Herring Pond Wampanoag Indian / Bournedale Cemetery, 1849.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/indnburl.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Indian Cemetery, 1818.  
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:#Indian Cemetery, 1818.  
#King Cemetery, 1838. (B)<br> Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/wlongpnd.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#King Cemetery, 1838. (B)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/wlongpnd.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Lakewood / Hirsch Indian Cemetery, 1831. (A)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/redschool.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Lakewood / Hirsch Indian Cemetery, 1831. (A)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/redschool.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Lower Herring Pond Cemetery, 1825.  
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:#Lower Herring Pond Cemetery, 1825.  
#Lucas Cemetery, 1818.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/lucas.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Lucas Cemetery, 1818.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/lucas.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Lucas-Thrasher Cemetery, 1800.  
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:#Lucas-Thrasher Cemetery, 1800.  
#Manomet Cemetery, 1806. (B)  
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:#Manomet Cemetery, 1806. (B)  
#Nickerson Burial Ground, 1800.  
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:#Nickerson Burial Ground, 1800.  
#Nighingale Cemetery, 1874. (B)  
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:#Nighingale Cemetery, 1874. (B)  
#Oak Grove Cemetery, 1803. (B)<br>Online transcription for Oak Grove and Vill Hill Cemeteries together on U.S. GenWeb Tombstones in 18 parts: [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh01.txt Pt. 1] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh02.txt Pt. 2] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh03.txt Pt. 3] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh04.txt Pt. 4] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh05.txt Pt. 5] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh06.txt Pt. 6] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh07.txt Pt. 7] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh08.txt Pt. 8] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh09.txt Pt. 9] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh10.txt Pt. 10] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh11.txt Pt. 11] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh12.txt Pt. 12] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh13.txt Pt. 13] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh14.txt Pt. 14] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh15.txt Pt. 15] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh16.txt Pt. 16] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh17.txt Pt. 17] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh18.txt Pt. 18] |  
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:#Oak Grove Cemetery, 1803. (B)<br>Online transcription for Oak Grove and Vill Hill Cemeteries together on U.S. GenWeb Tombstones in 18 parts: [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh01.txt Pt. 1] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh02.txt Pt. 2] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh03.txt Pt. 3] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh04.txt Pt. 4] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh05.txt Pt. 5] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh06.txt Pt. 6] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh07.txt Pt. 7] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh08.txt Pt. 8] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh09.txt Pt. 9] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh10.txt Pt. 10] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh11.txt Pt. 11] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh12.txt Pt. 12] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh13.txt Pt. 13] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh14.txt Pt. 14] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh15.txt Pt. 15] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh16.txt Pt. 16] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh17.txt Pt. 17] | [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/ogvh18.txt Pt. 18] |  
#Parting Ways Cemetery, 18th century.  
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:#Parting Ways Cemetery, 18th century.  
#Plymouth County Memorial Cemetery, 1970.  
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:#Plymouth County Memorial Cemetery, 1970.  
#Raymond-Newcomb Cemetery, 1800.  
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:#Raymond-Newcomb Cemetery, 1800.  
#Redding / Bloody Pond Cemetery, 1851.  
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:#Redding / Bloody Pond Cemetery, 1851.  
#Russell Mill Cemetery, 1833. (B)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/jordanrd.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#Russell Mill Cemetery, 1833. (B)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/jordanrd.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1863.  
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:#St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1863.  
#Shurtleff Burial Ground, 1776.  
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:#Shurtleff Burial Ground, 1776.  
#South Pond Cemetery, 1793.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/sopond.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
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:#South Pond Cemetery, 1793.<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/sopond.txt U.S. GenWeb].  
#Valler Cemetery, 1845.  
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:#Valler Cemetery, 1845.  
#Vine Hill Cemetery, 1800. [''see Oak Grove Cem. above as they are side-by-side'']  
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:#Vine Hill Cemetery, 1800. [''see Oak Grove Cem. above as they are side-by-side'']  
#Watson Cemetery, 1853.  
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:#Watson Cemetery, 1853.  
#Whitehorse Cemetery, 1717-1943. (A)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/whitehorse.txt U.S. GenWeb].
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:#Whitehorse Cemetery, 1717-1943. (A)<br>Online transcription on [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/plymouth/cemeteries/whitehorse.txt U.S. GenWeb].
  
Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscripts Dept.<br> (B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}.<br>  
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br>(A). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscripts Dept.<br>(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}.<br>  
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== Churches  ==
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=== Plymouth Massachusetts Churches  ===
  
 
The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed. More recent churches are not listed here.  
 
The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed. More recent churches are not listed here.  
  
#First Parish Church (Unitarian), 1606/1620, records incomplete.<br>This church split during the Great Awakening and the Third Parish Church was established in 1744. That church was abandoned by 1787 and a few years later, merged back with the First Parish. The church was split again in 1801 and the Third Church of Christ was established in 1802 (and now called the Church of the Pilgrimage).<br>''Plymouth Church Records, 1620-1859'' (Boston, 1920-1923; rep. Baltimore, 1975), volumes 22 and 23 of the ''Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Collections''.<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/plymouthchurchr01churgoog v. 1] and [http://archive.org/details/plymouthchurchre02plym v. 2]), Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=4boWAAAAYAAJ v. 1] only), [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5261 Ancestry] ($, indexed but not initially browsable), and in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=212 American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1046126 WorldCat (Other Libraries) - 1975 rep.]; {{FHL|129876|item|disp=FHL books 974.4 B4cs v. 22-23 or films 844528 Item 2 and 844529 Item 1}} (1920-1923) or {{FHL|379612|item|disp=FHL books 974.482/P3 K2p 1975 v. 1-2 or fiche 6048992-6048993}}.  
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:#First Parish Church (Unitarian), 1606/1620, records incomplete.<br>This church split during the Great Awakening and the Third Parish Church was established in 1744. That church was abandoned by 1787 and a few years later, merged back with the First Parish. The church was split again in 1801 and the Third Church of Christ was established in 1802 (and now called the Church of the Pilgrimage).<br>''Plymouth Church Records, 1620-1859'' (Boston, 1920-1923; rep. Baltimore, 1975), volumes 22 and 23 of the ''Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Collections''.<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/plymouthchurchr01churgoog v. 1] and [http://archive.org/details/plymouthchurchre02plym v. 2]), Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=4boWAAAAYAAJ v. 1] only), [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5261 Ancestry] ($, indexed but not initially browsable), and in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=212 American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1046126 WorldCat (Other Libraries) - 1975 rep.]; {{FHL|129876|item|disp=FHL books 974.4 B4cs v. 22-23 or films 844528 Item 2 and 844529 Item 1}} (1920-1923) or {{FHL|379612|item|disp=FHL books 974.482/P3 K2p 1975 v. 1-2 or fiche 6048992-6048993}}.  
#Second Congregational Church (now [http://secondchurchofplymouth.org/ Second Church of Plymouth]), South Plymouth (Manomet), 1738, records good after 1746.  
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:#Second Congregational Church (now [http://secondchurchofplymouth.org/ Second Church of Plymouth]), South Plymouth (Manomet), 1738, records good after 1746.  
#Third Parish Church, 1744, merged back with First Parish Church shortly after 1787. [''see First Parish history above'']  
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:#Third Parish Church, 1744, merged back with First Parish Church shortly after 1787. [''see First Parish history above'']  
#Third Church of Christ (now [http://www.8townsquare.org/index1.html Church of the Pilgrimage] (Congregational)), 1802. [''see First Parish history above'']<br>Records on microfilm as Church records, 1749-1824, {{FHL|403647|item|disp=FHL film 912071}} [Seemingly records from "both" Third churches].  
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:#Third Church of Christ (now [http://www.8townsquare.org/index1.html Church of the Pilgrimage] (Congregational)), 1802. [''see First Parish history above'']<br>Records on microfilm as Church records, 1749-1824, {{FHL|403647|item|disp=FHL film 912071}} [Seemingly records from "both" Third churches].  
#[http://www.fbc-plymouth.org/ First Baptist Church], 1808, records good.  
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:#[http://www.fbc-plymouth.org/ First Baptist Church], 1808, records good.  
#Eel River Church, later the Fourth Congregational Church, and now [http://www.chiltonvillechurch.org/ Chiltonville Congregational Church], Chiltonville, 1814, records good.  
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:#Eel River Church, later the Fourth Congregational Church, and now [http://www.chiltonvillechurch.org/ Chiltonville Congregational Church], Chiltonville, 1814, records good.  
#Universalist Church, 1822, records fair. [''This church burned in 1938, was dormant, then merged with First Parish in 1960s'']  
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:#Universalist Church, 1822, records fair. [''This church burned in 1938, was dormant, then merged with First Parish in 1960s'']  
#"Christian Society," 1825. [''Second Advent Society organized in 1843 and merged here. Referred in Davis' history, 1: 105-106'']  
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:#"Christian Society," 1825. [''Second Advent Society organized in 1843 and merged here. Referred in Davis' history, 1: 105-106'']  
#Robinson Church, 1830. [''referred in Davis' history, 1: 103'']  
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:#Robinson Church, 1830. [''referred in Davis' history, 1: 103'']  
#Methodist Episcopal Church (now [http://pumchurch.org/ Plymouth United Methodist Church]), 1843, condition not given.  
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:#Methodist Episcopal Church (now [http://pumchurch.org/ Plymouth United Methodist Church]), 1843, condition not given.  
#[http://christchurchplymouth.org/ Christ Church Parish], Protestant Episcopal, later Episcopal, 1844, records good.  
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:#[http://christchurchplymouth.org/ Christ Church Parish], Protestant Episcopal, later Episcopal, 1844, records good.  
#Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Russell's Mills, 1857-1865, merger wtih Methodist Episcopal Church (above).  
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:#Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Russell's Mills, 1857-1865, merger wtih Methodist Episcopal Church (above).  
#Fifth Congregational Church, Chiltonville, 1862, records good.  
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:#Fifth Congregational Church, Chiltonville, 1862, records good.  
#Wellingsley Union Chapel, Jabez Corner, 1868-early 20th century. [''Not in 1889 survey, though records in private hands in 2012'']  
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:#Wellingsley Union Chapel, Jabez Corner, 1868-early 20th century. [''Not in 1889 survey, though records in private hands in 2012'']  
#African Methodist Episcopal Church, now called the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sever St., 1871, records fair.  
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:#African Methodist Episcopal Church, now called the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sever St., 1871, records fair.  
#[http://www.stpetersplymouth.com/ St. Peter's Catholic Church], 1876, condition not given.  
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:#[http://www.stpetersplymouth.com/ St. Peter's Catholic Church], 1876, condition not given.  
#Jesus Christ, Church of Latter Day Saints, North Plymouth, 1882, records good.  
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:#Jesus Christ, Church of Latter Day Saints, North Plymouth, 1882, records good.  
#[http://www.fauncechurch.org Faunce Church], by 1887 [''Not in 1889 survey, but referred by Davis' history, 1: 106''].
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:#[http://www.fauncechurch.org Faunce Church], by 1887 [''Not in 1889 survey, but referred by Davis' history, 1: 106''].
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== Newspapers  ==
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#''Plymouth Journal'', 1785-1786.
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=== Plymouth Massachusetts Newspapers  ===
#''Old Colony Memorial'' (title varies), 1822-1861, 1864-1868, 1872-1916, 1989-2006.
 
#''Old Colony Sentinel'', 1867-1868.
 
#''Plymouth Rock Free Press'', 1872.
 
#''Plymouth Observer'', 1905.
 
#''South of Boston'', 1991-2004.
 
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
 
  
The following is list of research facilities in town:
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:#''Plymouth Journal'', 1785-1786.
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:#''Old Colony Memorial'' (title varies), 1822-1861, 1864-1868, 1872-1916, 1989-2006.
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:#''Old Colony Sentinel'', 1867-1868.
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:#''Plymouth Rock Free Press'', 1872.
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:#''Plymouth Observer'', 1905.
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:#''South of Boston'', 1991-2004.
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[http://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/ Plymouth Public Library]<br>132 South Street<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>Phone 508-830-4250<br>See their [http://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/history.htm Genealogy Collection]
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== Plymouth Massachusetts Genealogy Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
  
[http://www.themayflowersociety.com/ General Society of Mayflower Descendants]<br>Research Library<br>PO Box 3297<br>4 Winslow Street [behind historic house]<br>Plymouth MA 02361<br>508-746-3188<br>Email [mailto:gsmd.hist@verizon.net gsmd.hist@verizon.net]
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:  
  
[http://www.pilgrimhall.org/ Pilgrim Hall Museum]<br>75 Court Street<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>Phone 508-746-1620<br>Email [mailto:director@pilgrimhall.org director@pilgrimhall.org]<br>[This is a historical facility, not genealogical]  
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[http://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/ '''Plymouth Public Library''']<br>132 South Street<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>Phone 508-830-4250<br>See their [http://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/history.htm Genealogy Collection]  
  
[http://www.plimoth.org/ Plimoth Plantation] [museum]<br>PO Box 1620<br>137 Warren Avenue<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>508-746-1622
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[http://www.themayflowersociety.com/ '''General Society of Mayflower Descendants''']<br>Research Library<br>PO Box 3297<br>4 Winslow Street [behind historic house]<br>Plymouth MA 02361<br>508-746-3188<br>Email [mailto:gsmd.hist@verizon.net gsmd.hist@verizon.net]
  
== References  ==
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[http://www.pilgrimhall.org/ '''Pilgrim Hall Museum''']<br>75 Court Street<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>Phone 508-746-1620<br>Email [mailto:director@pilgrimhall.org director@pilgrimhall.org]<br>[This is a historical facility, not genealogical]
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[http://www.plimoth.org/ '''Plimoth Plantation'''] '''[museum]'''<br>PO Box 1620<br>137 Warren Avenue<br>Plymouth MA 02360<br>508-746-1622
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''<br> [[Massachusetts, Plymouth County Probate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts, Plymouth County Probate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Plymouth. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are detailed guides for the towns set off from Plymouth: Kingston, Plympton, and Wareham.

Plymouth Massachusetts Brief History

This area was a Wampanoag settlement called Patuxet left vacant due to a recent outbreak of a European borne disease likely contracted from contact with European fishermen a few years earlier for which they had no immunity. The "Pilgrims" anchored in the harbor on 17 December 1620 in search of a place to build shelter for the winter. They started moving on shore four days later. This established Plymouth as the oldest, permanent English settlement in North America. It was the seat of government for Plymouth Colony, and later Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Plymouth is steeped in history and lore. The town cemented its reputation as America's "hometown" in the mid-19th century when much was written about the early town history and intertwining it with the glory of a young nation -- much to the consternation of the older Jamestown in Virginia.

Plymouth Massachusetts Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Plymouth, or parts of it, have been called at one time Accomack, Agawam Plantation, Apaum, Kamesit, Kitaumet, New Plymouth, Patuxet, Plimouth, Sauquish, Tionet, and Umpame.

Village or section names include Barkers, Billington Sea, Cedarville, Chiltonville, Clark's Island, Collingwood, Cordage (formerly Seaside), Darby, Eagle Hill, Ellis Four Corners, Ellisville, Four Corners, Gurnet, Hobs Hole, Holmes Dam, Jabez Corner, Jackson's Brook, Little Long Pond, Long Pond, Manomet, Morton Park, Manter's Point, North Plymouth, Oak Ridge, Plymouth Woods, Poverty Point, Priscilla Beach, Pumping Station, Raymond Red Brook, Rocky Hill, Saquish, South Plymouth, South Pond Village, Stoney Beach, Vallerville, Wares, Wellingsley, West Plymouth, and White Horse Beach.

Border changes
Dates Events
21 Dec. 1620 Pilgrims move on shore to establish the settlement of Plimoth.
19 Jan. 1663 Border between Plymouth and Scituate established.
4 June 1707 The West Parish set off as the new town of Plympton.
16 June 1726 The "North Precinct" that also included parts from Duxbury, Pembroke, and Plympton or Jones River Parish set off as the new town of Kingston.
10 July 1739 Part of town called the plantation of Agawam included in the new town of Wareham.
20 Jan. 1827 Part annexed to Wareham.
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Plymouth Massachusetts Town Histories

Works written on the town include:


Part II is devoted to the genealogy of town families. It includes the families: Abbott, Adams, Albertson, Alden, Alexander, Allen / Allyn, Allerton, Ames, Anderson, Andrews / Andros, Angel, Annable, Apling, Armitage, Armor, Armstrong, Arnold, Ashley, Atkins, Atkinson, Attequin, Atwood, Austin, Avery, Babb, Bacon, Badger, Bagnall, Bailey, Baker, Ballard, Banden, Bangs, Banks, Barker, Barnbay, Barnes, Barney, Barrett, Barrows, Barstow, Bartlett, Barton, Bassett, Bates, Battles, Baxter, Beale, Bearse, Beck, Belcher, Bell, Bemis, Benias, Benson, Bent, Berry, Besse, Best, Bicknell, Billington, Bisbee, Bishop, Black, Blackmer, Blanch, Blish, Bliss, Blossom, Boardman, Bonham, Bonney, Bosworth, Boult, Boutelle, Bourne, Bowdoin, Bowen, Bowers, Bowland, Boylston, Brace, Bradford, Bramhall, Branch, Breck, Brett, Brewer, Brewster, Briggs, Brigham, Brimmer, Britteridge, Brooks, Brown, Bryant, Buckley, Budge, Bugbee, Bumpus, Bumpo, Bundy, Bunker, Burbank, Burchard, Burgess, Burke, Burn, Burt, Butterworth, Caesar, Cahoon, Calderwood, Calley, Calwell, Campbell, Cannon, Capen, Capet, Carter, Carver, Case, Cassidy, Caswell, Cato, Chalker, Chambers, Chandler, Chapman, Chase, Chauncy, Childs, Chilton, Chipman, Chubbuck, Chummuck, Church, Churchill, Claghorn, Clark, Clough, Coade, Cobb, Coding, Coffin, Colburn, Cole, Coleway, Collier, Collingwood, Collins, Comstock, Conant, Congdon, Conlkin, Connell, Conner, Connett, Cook, Coombs, Coomer, Cooper, Corbin, Cornish, Corpse, Cotton, Covell, Covington, Cowen, Cox, Coye, Crackstone, Crandon, Crapo, Croade, Crombie, Crosby, Crossman, Croswell, Crow, Crowley, Crymble, Cuff, Cuffee, Cunningham, Curtis, Cushing, Cushman, Cuthbertson, Cutler, Cuttnett, Damon, Danforth, Daniel, Darling, Davie, Davis, Deacon, Dean, Deburroughs, Decosta, Decro, Deerskins, Delano, Dennis, Derby, Dexter, Dewet, Dickson, Dike, Dillard, Dillington, Diman, Dix, Doeane, Doggett, Dolphin, Donnley, Doty / Doten, Douglass, Dow, Drake, Drew, Ducy, Dugle, Dunbar, Dunham, Duparr, Durfey, Durkin, Dutch, Dyer, Eames, Eastland, Eaton, Ebed, Eddy, Edes, Edwards, Eldridge, Ellenwood, Elliott, Ellis, Ellison, Ely, Emerson, English, Ephraims, Ereck, Erland, Evans, Everson, Ewer, Fales, Fallowell, Farmer, Farnam, Farris, Faunce, Fearing, Fessenden, Field, Finn, Finney, Fish, Fisher, Fitts, Fitzgerald, Flanders, Flavell, Flemmons, Fletch, Flood, Fogg, Ford, Foster, Fottears, Fountain, Fowler, Freeman, French, Frink, Fulgham, Fuller, Gale, Gamble, Gammon, Gardine, Gardner, Garlic, German, Gibbs, Gifford, Gilbert, Filman, Gilmore, Ginney, Glasse, Gleason, Glover, Goddard, Gooding, Goodman, Goodwin, Gordon, Gorham, Gould, Gray, Grayton, Green, Greenleaf, Griffin, Grimes, Gunderson, Gurnet, Hacket, Hackman, Hadaway, Hall, Hallet, Hambleton, Hamblin, Hamilton, Hammatt, Hammond, Hanbury, Hanckford, Hanks, Harding, Harlow, Harmon, Harrington, Harris, Hart, Harvey, Haskell, Haskins, Hatch, Hathaway, Hatherly, Hayes, Haynes, Hayward, Heard, Hedge, Hely, Hersey, Heward, Hewes, Hicks, Higgins, Highton, Hill, Hilton, Hinckley, 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Plymouth Massachusetts Genealogy Resources

Plymouth Massachusetts Vital Records

The town's vital records are available in many locations:

Original records
Published records
  • Lee D. van Antwerp, comp., and Ruth Wilder Sherman, ed., Vital Records of Plymouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Camden, Me., 1993), x, 774 pp., indexed
    This volume is a verbatim transcript of the records from the town books that begun in 1686. The last section of the book is the vital records that were entered on the Colony records from 1633 to 1686 that pertain to Plymouth. These were previously published by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, but these are known to have transcription errors, so the corrections that appeared in the Mayflower Descendant were used for this book. There may be duplication of what appeared in the town book, but this list is the complete record from the Colony.
    The only digital version is at American Ancestors ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL 974.482/P3 V2.
  • Leonard H. Smith Jr., Vital records of the town of Plymouth: an authorized facsimile reproduction of records published serially 1901- 1935 in the Mayflower Descendant With added index of persons (Baltimore, Md., 1989), 327 pp.
    Digital version at Ancestry ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482/P3 V2b.
  • "Marriage and Baptisms of Rev. Ivory Hovey, 1775-1803" online at American Ancestors ($).
  • "Marriages Entered on the Court Records of Plymouth County, Mass." in Pilgrim Notes and Queries, 3 [1915]: 120-122, Plymouth at 121 covering 1693 and 1694.
Online records
  • Plymouth vital records, 1699-1893, Births and Marriages, 1853-1917, Index to Deaths, 1855-1910, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch. Early records, 1636-1686, from the County Court records, and vital records, 1699-1756, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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Plymouth Massachusetts City Directories

Plymouth was published in 1846, 1860, 1864, 1873, 1880, 1887/8, 1890/1, 1893, 1896, 1898/9, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1932, 1936.

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

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Plymouth Massachusetts Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Plymouth. Use the map on PlymouthColony.net to locate the cemeteries. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Bassett Cemeter, 1835.
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  2. Bates Burial Ground, 1867.
  3. Beth Jacob Cemetery, n.d.
  4. Blackmar Hill Burial Ground, 1830.
  5. Brailey Burial Ground, 1854.
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  6. Burial Hill Cemetery, 1622. (A)
    Bradford Kingman, Epitaphs from Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, from 1657 to 1892, with biographical and historical notes (Brookline, Mass., 1892), xv, 330 pp.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive, Google Books, and Ancestry ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482/P3 V3k or film 1035737 Item 8.
    Benjamin Drew, Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts: Its Monuments and Gravestones Numbered and Briefly Described (Plymouth, Mass., [1894]), viii, 177 pp.
    Digital version at Internet Archive.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482/P3 V3d with digital link.
    Frank H. Perkins, Handbook of Old Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts: Its History, Its Famous Dead, and Its Quaint Epitaphs (Plymouth, Mass., 1896; rep. 1902), 49 pp. [not a complete listing].
    Digital versions at Internet Archive (http://archive.org/details/handbookofoldbur00perk (1896) or (1902)) and Google Books (1896).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL digital link only.
    Barbara J. Bradford, Burial Hill in the 1990s, Massachuesetts [sic] (Plymouth, Mass., 2000), xxxix, 650, 6 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482/P3 V3r.
  7. Cedarville Cemetery, 1821. (B)
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  8. Chiltonville Cemetery, 1729.
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  9. Christ Episcopal Church Columbarium, n.d.
  10. Coles Hill Burial Ground, 1620.
  11. Douglas Burying Ground, 1828. (B)
  12. Faunce Memorial Burial Park, 1886.
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  13. Fawn Pond Cemetery, n.d.
  14. Harlow-Savery Cemetery, 1806.
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  15. Herring Pond Wampanoag Indian / Bournedale Cemetery, 1849.
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  16. Indian Cemetery, 1818.
  17. King Cemetery, 1838. (B)
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  18. Lakewood / Hirsch Indian Cemetery, 1831. (A)
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  19. Lower Herring Pond Cemetery, 1825.
  20. Lucas Cemetery, 1818.
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  21. Lucas-Thrasher Cemetery, 1800.
  22. Manomet Cemetery, 1806. (B)
  23. Nickerson Burial Ground, 1800.
  24. Nighingale Cemetery, 1874. (B)
  25. Oak Grove Cemetery, 1803. (B)
    Online transcription for Oak Grove and Vill Hill Cemeteries together on U.S. GenWeb Tombstones in 18 parts: Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 | Pt. 7 | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9 | Pt. 10 | Pt. 11 | Pt. 12 | Pt. 13 | Pt. 14 | Pt. 15 | Pt. 16 | Pt. 17 | Pt. 18 |
  26. Parting Ways Cemetery, 18th century.
  27. Plymouth County Memorial Cemetery, 1970.
  28. Raymond-Newcomb Cemetery, 1800.
  29. Redding / Bloody Pond Cemetery, 1851.
  30. Russell Mill Cemetery, 1833. (B)
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  31. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1863.
  32. Shurtleff Burial Ground, 1776.
  33. South Pond Cemetery, 1793.
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.
  34. Valler Cemetery, 1845.
  35. Vine Hill Cemetery, 1800. [see Oak Grove Cem. above as they are side-by-side]
  36. Watson Cemetery, 1853.
  37. Whitehorse Cemetery, 1717-1943. (A)
    Online transcription on U.S. GenWeb.

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscripts Dept.
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3.

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Plymouth Massachusetts Churches

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed. More recent churches are not listed here.

  1. First Parish Church (Unitarian), 1606/1620, records incomplete.
    This church split during the Great Awakening and the Third Parish Church was established in 1744. That church was abandoned by 1787 and a few years later, merged back with the First Parish. The church was split again in 1801 and the Third Church of Christ was established in 1802 (and now called the Church of the Pilgrimage).
    Plymouth Church Records, 1620-1859 (Boston, 1920-1923; rep. Baltimore, 1975), volumes 22 and 23 of the Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Collections.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive (v. 1 and v. 2), Google Books (v. 1 only), Ancestry ($, indexed but not initially browsable), and in a database at American Ancestors ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries) - 1975 rep.; FHL books 974.4 B4cs v. 22-23 or films 844528 Item 2 and 844529 Item 1 (1920-1923) or FHL books 974.482/P3 K2p 1975 v. 1-2 or fiche 6048992-6048993.
  2. Second Congregational Church (now Second Church of Plymouth), South Plymouth (Manomet), 1738, records good after 1746.
  3. Third Parish Church, 1744, merged back with First Parish Church shortly after 1787. [see First Parish history above]
  4. Third Church of Christ (now Church of the Pilgrimage (Congregational)), 1802. [see First Parish history above]
    Records on microfilm as Church records, 1749-1824, FHL film 912071 [Seemingly records from "both" Third churches].
  5. First Baptist Church, 1808, records good.
  6. Eel River Church, later the Fourth Congregational Church, and now Chiltonville Congregational Church, Chiltonville, 1814, records good.
  7. Universalist Church, 1822, records fair. [This church burned in 1938, was dormant, then merged with First Parish in 1960s]
  8. "Christian Society," 1825. [Second Advent Society organized in 1843 and merged here. Referred in Davis' history, 1: 105-106]
  9. Robinson Church, 1830. [referred in Davis' history, 1: 103]
  10. Methodist Episcopal Church (now Plymouth United Methodist Church), 1843, condition not given.
  11. Christ Church Parish, Protestant Episcopal, later Episcopal, 1844, records good.
  12. Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Russell's Mills, 1857-1865, merger wtih Methodist Episcopal Church (above).
  13. Fifth Congregational Church, Chiltonville, 1862, records good.
  14. Wellingsley Union Chapel, Jabez Corner, 1868-early 20th century. [Not in 1889 survey, though records in private hands in 2012]
  15. African Methodist Episcopal Church, now called the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sever St., 1871, records fair.
  16. St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1876, condition not given.
  17. Jesus Christ, Church of Latter Day Saints, North Plymouth, 1882, records good.
  18. Faunce Church, by 1887 [Not in 1889 survey, but referred by Davis' history, 1: 106].
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Plymouth Massachusetts Newspapers

  1. Plymouth Journal, 1785-1786.
  2. Old Colony Memorial (title varies), 1822-1861, 1864-1868, 1872-1916, 1989-2006.
  3. Old Colony Sentinel, 1867-1868.
  4. Plymouth Rock Free Press, 1872.
  5. Plymouth Observer, 1905.
  6. South of Boston, 1991-2004.
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Plymouth Massachusetts Genealogy Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Plymouth Public Library
132 South Street
Plymouth MA 02360
Phone 508-830-4250
See their Genealogy Collection

General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Research Library
PO Box 3297
4 Winslow Street [behind historic house]
Plymouth MA 02361
508-746-3188
Email gsmd.hist@verizon.net

Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court Street
Plymouth MA 02360
Phone 508-746-1620
Email director@pilgrimhall.org
[This is a historical facility, not genealogical]

Plimoth Plantation [museum]
PO Box 1620
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth MA 02360
508-746-1622

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Massachusetts, Plymouth County Probate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Plymouth Massachusetts Genealogy References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 93. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co.: Carver | Duxbury | Kingston | Wareham | Barnstable Co.: Bourne