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''[[Portal:United States of America|United States]] > [[Portal:Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] > [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] > Scituate''  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Scituate'''  
  
== History and Tidbits  ==
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Scituate. 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 Scituate: [[Hanover, Massachusetts|Hanover]] and South Scituate (now [[Norwell, Massachusetts|Norwell]]).
  
Scituate was settled by a group of people from Plymouth about 1627, who were joined by immigrants from the County of Kent in England. They were initially governed by the General Court at Plymouth, but in 1636 the town incorporated as a separate entity. The name Scituate is derived from "satuit," the local&nbsp;Wampanoag Indian tribes name for cold brook. It refers to a brook that runs to the inner harbor of Scituate.<br>
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== Brief History  ==
  
=== Neighboring Communities ===
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The Conihassett Grant was given to four "Merchant Adventurers of London" in 1633 who petitioned the Court who granted more land in 1636. The first church was established by 1634. The area was actually settled by 1628 and a windmill erected by 1636 on the third cliff. The rivers made an excellent location for ship building, and that industry was underway by 1646. This thriving settlement was part of [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]]. The town was placed in [[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]].
  
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== Historical Data  ==
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*[[Cohasset, Massachusetts|Cohasset]] (North)&nbsp;
 
  
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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), 103. [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.
*[[Hingham,_Massachusetts|Hingham]] (Northwest)
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>
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Scituate at one time was called Assanippi and Satuit.
  
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Village or section names include Beechwood, Belle House Neck, Clapp's Corner, Egypt, First Cliff, Fourth Cliff, Greenbush, Hatherly, Humarock, Jericho, Minot, Mungo's Corner, North Scituate (formerly Gannett Corner), North Scituate Beach, Pincin Hill, Rivermoor, Sand Hills, Scituate Center, Scituate Harbor, Scituate Neck, Scituate Station, Second Cliff, Shanghai, Sherman's Corner, Sodom, The Glades, Third Cliff, Walnut Tree Hill, and Webster Village..
*[[Norwell,_Massachusetts|Norwell]] (West)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>
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! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
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| 1 July 1633
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| Referenced as "... between the brooke at Scituate ...." [Ply. Col. Rec., 1: 13]
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| 4 Oct. 1636
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| The town of Scituate authorized to dispose of lands. [Ply. Col. Rec., 1: 44]
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| 30 Nov. 1640
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| Land granted to Scituate.
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| 7 Mar. 1643
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| Border established.
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| 14 June 1727
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| Western part set off as new town of [[Hanover, Massachusetts|Hanover]] with small part from Abington.
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| 8 Nov. 1782
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| Border between Scituate and Marshfield established.
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| 10 Mar. 1788
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| Part annexed to Marshfield.
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| 14 June 1823
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| Part annexed to Cohasset.
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| 20 Mar. 1840
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| Border between Scituate and Cohasset established with part of each town annexed to the other town.
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| 14 Feb. 1849
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| Western part set off as new town of South Scituate (now [[Norwell, Massachusetts|Norwell]]).
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| 11 May 1887
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| Border between Scituate and Marshfield established.
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| 30 Apr. 1897
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| Border between Scituate and Cohasset established.<br>Border between Scituate and Hingham established.
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| 23 Mar. 1928
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| Border between Scituate and Marshfield established.
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== Town Histories and Records  ==
  
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Works written on the town include: {{MAPlySciMap}}
*[[Marshfield,_Massachusetts|Marshfield]] (South)&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
  
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*Samuel Deane, ''History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1831'' (Boston, 1831), 406 pp.
  
== Family History Resources  ==
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:Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historyscituate00deangoog Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=cMeG_j2H3IwC Google Books], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48223 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2142592 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|3620|item|disp=FHL film 369741}}; {{FHL|1928145|item|disp=FHL digital link}}.
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::Family sketches appear on pages 211 to 394 and include the families (some slightly out of order): Adams, Adford, Albeson (Swedish), Alden, Allen, Annable, Badcocke / Babcock (at end of Bs), Bailey, Balch, Bardin, Barker, Barrell, Barstow, Bates, Battles, Beal, Benson, Besbedge / Bisbee, Bird, Bishop, Blackmore, Blackwood, Blossom, Booth, Bourne, Bowker (Swedish), Brooks, Briggs, Bryant, Brown, Burroughs, Burditt, Buck, Bumpus, Calloway, Carlisle, Casely, Chamberlain, chambers, Chandler, Checkett, Chittenden, Chubbuck, Church, Clapp, Clark, Cobb, Cocke / Cook, Cole, Collamore / Collamer, Collier, Colman, Cooper, Copeland, Corlew, Cowen (Scottish), Crocker, Crooker, Cudworth, Curtis, Cushing, Cushman, Dagan, Damon, Davis, Deane, Delano, Delis (French), Dimmick, Dodson, Dogget, Doughty, Dunbar, Dwelley, Edenden, Elmes, Ensign, Ewell, Farrow, Fish, Fitzgerald, Fitzrandell, Floyd, Ford, Foster, Foxwell, Fuller, Gannett, Gardner, Garrett, Gibbs, Gilson, Granger, Gray, Green, Gross, Hall, Hallett, Hamans, Hammond, Hanmer, Howland, Harlow, Hatch, Hatherly, Hayden, Hewes (Welsh), Hewett, Hickes / Hix, Hills, Hinckley, Hoar, Hobart, Holbrook, Holmes, Holloway, Hoskins, House, Hoyt, Humphries (Irish), Hyland, Ingham, Jackson, Jacob, James, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Josselyn, Kempton, Kendrick, Kent, King, Lambert, Lapham, Lewis, Lincoln, Linnet, Litchfield, Little, Lombard, Lowell, Magoon / McGoun, Mann, Mansel, Manson, Marble, Mason, Mayo, Mellus, Merritt, Mitchell, Moore, Morton, Mott, Nash, Neal, Neil (Irish), Newell, Nicholson, Nichols, Northy, Oldham, Orcutt, Osgood, Otis, Palmer, Parker, Parris, Peaks, Perkins, Perry, Philips, Pickels, Pierpont, Pidcoke, Pierce, Pinson, Porter, Pratt, Preble, Prince, Pryor, Prouty, Ramsdell, Rance, Randall, Rawlings, Rich, Richards, Robbins, Robinson, Rogers, Rose, Rowse, Ruggles, Russell, Saffin, Savory, Sealis, Sears, Sergeant, Shelley, Shrove, Skiff, Sparrel, Stephson, Stanford, Smith, Soan, Soper, Simson / Symonson, Southworth, Sproat / Sprout, Standlake / Stanley, Star, Stedman, Stetson, Stockbridge, Stodder, Studley, Sutliffe, Sutton, Sylvester, Tart, Taylor, Thompson, Thrift, Tickner, Tilden, Till, Tolman, Torrey, Totman, Tower, Tuell, Turner, Twisden, Utley, Vassal, Vaughan, Vinal, Wade, Wanton, Warden, Warren, Waterman, Webb, Welles, Wermal, Weyborn / Wiborn, Wheaton, Whiston, Whitcomb, White, Wilcome, Willard, Williams, Willcut, Wills, Wilson, Winter, Winslow, Woodfield, Woodworth, Worthlike, Wright, and Young.
  
=== Histories, Biographies, and Genealogies ===
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*Lloyd Vernon Briggs, ''History of Shipbuilding on the North River, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, with Genealogies of the Shipbuilders, and Accounts of the Industries Upon its Tributaries, 1640 to 1872'' (Boston, 1889; rep. New York, 1970; rep. Norwell, Mass., 1975), xv, 420 pp.<br>Digital versions online at [http://archive.org/details/historyofshipbui00brig Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=lgsWDUXvU2QC Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/86910 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|232591|item|disp=FHL book 974.482 U2b}}.<br>
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*Harvey Hunter Pratt, ''The Early Planters of Scituate: a history of the town of Sciutate, Massachusetts, from its establishment to the end of the Revolutionary War'' ([Scituate], Mass., 1929), 386 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3767746 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|232370|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/S1 H2p or fiche 6051011}}.<br>
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*Mildred Vinton Johnson, "Story of the Micmac Indians of Scituate" in ''Scituate Historical Society Bulletin'', 16 [June 1964]: 4.<br>
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*Barbara Murphy, ''Scituate: The Coming of Age of a Plymouth Colony Town'' (S.l., 1985), 154 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33826433 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|412635|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/S1 H3m}}.
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*Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, ''The Seventeenth Century Town Records of Scituate, Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1999-2001), 3v.<br>[Note: Includes marriage intentions in volume 3, but it is only a note saying there were none for the seventeenth century.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37819960 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|692915|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/S1 N2b v. #}}.
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*Scituate Militia records, 1841-1880, {{FHL|440219|item|disp=FHL film 423517 Item 1}}.
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*"Early Scituate Families", 1623-1640, online at [http://www.scituatehistoricalsociety.org/families_home.html Scituate Historical Society] from published sources.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scituate,_Massachusetts Scituate Wikipedia page].
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== Vital Records ==
  
[http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/scituate/ Scituate Genealogy]  
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The town's vital records are available in many locations:
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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*[http://www.town.scituate.ma.us/clerk/index.html '''Scituate Town Clerk's Office''']<br>600 Chief Justice Cushing Way<br>Scituate MA 02066<br>Phone 781-545-8743<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Scituate vital and town records, 1640-1847, {{FHL|470|item|disp=FHL films 423512-423513}}.<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-DRY%3A453481828%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1633-1904, on 117 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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*''Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1909), 2 v., (rep. 1976), 1 v.<br>These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library ({{FHL|253579|item|disp=FHL film films 496902 Item 1 (v.1) and 14791 (v.2)}}).<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofsc01newe vol. 1]) and [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofsc02newe vol. 2]), Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=lqM6AQAAIAAJ vol. 1] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=4aM6AQAAIAAJ vol. 2]), [http://search.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=10124 Ancestry] ($), in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=190&Co=191&Rg=218&Ci=Scituate American Ancestors] ($), and [http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/scituate/VitalRecords.html online transcription].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1457608 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|253579|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/S1 V28v}} with digital link.
  
[http://books.google.com/books?id=M0fwhONRjhwC&printsec=frontcover&dq=intitle:History+of+Scituate+Massachusetts&lr=&as_brr=1&sig=SxiRmouemGWgONMkqfxJrFXNQl0#PPP3,M1 The History of Scituate Massachusetts]
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::This includes, in part, church records from the First Parish with Rev. John Lothrop's mss. (C.R.1), Second Church of Scituate (C.R.2), Trinitarian Congregational Church (C.R.3), and Society of Friends of Pembroke now with Society at New Bedford (C.R.4). Deaths are included from First Parish Cem., Scituate Harbor (G.R.1), Groveland Cem., North Scituate (G.R.2), Judge Cushing's Cem., Greenbush (G.R.3), Hatch Burying Ground, Greenbush (G.R.4), James Burying Ground, Greenbush (G.R.5), Union Street Cem., Scituate Harbor (G.R.6), Fairview Cem., Scituate Centre (G.R.7), Mt. Hope Cem., North Scituate (G.R.8), Town Burying Ground, Scituate Centre (G.R.9), Catholic Cem., Scituate Harbor (G.R.10), Kilborn Merritt Cem., North Scituate (G.R.11), Clapp Burying Ground (G.R.12), Second Church Cem., Norwell (G.R. 13), South Parish Cem., Norwell (G.R. 14), Church Hill Cem., Norwell (G.R. 15), Stockbridge Cem., Norwell (G.R. 16), Bowker Street Cem., Norwell (G.R. 17), Damon Cem., Norwell (G.R. 18), Washington Street Cem., Norwell (G.R. 19), Quaker Cem., Norwell (G.R. 20), and Otis Cem., Norwell (G.R. 21).<br>
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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*"Chronicle of Scituate Vital Records," Appendix 31, pages 554-616, in the Bangs' book (listed above) in Volume 3, is a compilation of vital records from several published sources arranged in chronological order to 1700 - no one source had all the entries.
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>
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*Scituate vital and town records, 1640-1847, {{FHL|470|item|disp=FHL films 423512-423513}}.<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-DRY%3A453481828%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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== City Directories ==
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~macscitu/cemeteries.html Scituate Cemeteries]
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Scituate was published in 1894 (under Cohasset), 1915, 1918, 1926.  
  
=== Historical Societies  ===
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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].
  
[http://www.scituatehistoricalsociety.org/ Scituate Historical Society]
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Other holdings:  
  
=== Genealogy Societies ===
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1915, 1918, 1926.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926 on [https://familysearch.org/search/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Massachusetts,+Plymouth,+Scituate&author_givenName=&author_surname=&uri=http%3A//catalog-search-api%3A8080/www-catalogapi-webservice/search%3Fquery%3Dsubject_id%3A818129%26count%3D50&subjectId=818129 FHL various film records].
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/search~S0?/dscituate+mass./dscituate+mass/1%2C15%2C69%2CB/exact&FF=dscituate+mass+directories&1%2C3%2C/indexsort=- New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926.
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== Cemeteries ==
  
=== City&nbsp;or Town Web site  ===
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Scituate. Recall that the older cemeteries in Hanover and Norwell were once part of Scituate. For a historical survey that describes location and preservation issues, see the town's [http://www.town.scituate.ma.us/historical/Scituate_Burial_Sites_Survey_2007.pdf Burial Sites Survey] from 2007. For a map of all cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/scituate/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony]. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.
  
[http://www.town.scituate.ma.us/ Scituate Town website]  
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:#Clapp Burying Ground, 1774. (A)
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:#Cudsworth or Veterans Cemetery, 1823. (A)
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:#Judge Cushing's Cemetery, 1757. (A, B)
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:#Damon-Brown Tombs, n.d.
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:#Fairview Cemetery, 1800. (A, B)
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:#Groveland Cemetery, 1720. (A, B)
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:#Harrub-Northey Tombs, 1841.
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:#Hatch Burying Ground, 1796. (A, B, C)
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:#James - Clapp Family Burying Ground, 19th century. (A)<br>Mrs. Thomas W. Thacher, "Gravestone Records from the Private Burial Ground of the James Family, at Greenbush, Scituate, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 10 [1908]: 27-28.
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:#Lawson or Hammond Tomb, n.d.
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:#Men of Kent or Meetinghouse Lane Cemetery, 1624 (A, C)<br>Images of some stones found [http://usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/cemeteries/kent/index.html online].<br>David Hamblin, "Scituate Grave Yard" in ''New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 9 [1855]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/scituate/nehgr/009178.html 178] - [http://plymouthcolony.net/scituate/nehgr/009179.html 179].<br>Stanley W. Smith, "Gravestone Records from the Old Burying Ground on Meeting House Lane, Scituate, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 8 [1906]: 115-118.<br>Copy from 1998 [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/scituate/cemeteries/meethse.txt online].<br>Nareen and Bob Lake, "Men of Kent Cemetery" [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/scituate/cemeteries/kent.txt 2003 transcript].
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:#Merritt Cemetery, 1816. (A)
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:#Mount Hope Cemetery, 1786. (A)
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:#New St. Mary's Cemetery, 1880.
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:#Old St. Mary's Cemetery, n.d. (A)
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:#Trinity Park Cemetery, 1993.
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:#Union Cemetery, n.d. (A, B)
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:#Vinal - Barnes Tomb, n.d.
  
[http://scituatechamber.org/ Scituate Chamber of Commerce website]  
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br>(A). ''Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1909). [See links above for various versions of this source.]<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>(C). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscript Dept.
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== Churches  ==
  
=== City or Historical Libraries  ===
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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.
  
[http://www.scituatetownlibrary.org/ Scituate Town Library]  
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:#First Parish Church (Unitarian) (now [http://www.firstparishscituate.org/ First Parish Unitarian Universalist church of Scituate]), 1634, records good.<br>Founded by former members of Henry Jacob's church in Southwark, Eng., part of the membership left in 1639 under Rev. John Lothrop and established at church at Barnstable.<br>Amos Otis, "Scituate and Barnstable Church Records" in ''The New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 9 [1855]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/scituate/nehgr/009279.html 279-287] (Scituate portion) noting that in 1768, the records from 1639 to 1707 were missing. This is also republished in Bangs' book (listed above), vol. 3, appendix 30, p. 512-519.<br>George Ernest Bowman, "Records of the First Church of Scituate, Mass." [1707-1791] in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 10 [1908]: 90-96, 175-180, 225-230; 11 [1909]: 44-46, 138-142, 207-209.<br>A typescript of the same copied circa 1930 found at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.
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:#Second Church of Scituate, 1645 [now in [[Norwell, Massachusetts|Norwell]], see church section there for published records].
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:#Society of Friends, South Scituate [now Norwell], 1679, now with the New Bedford Monthly Meeting.
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:#Universalist Church, West Scituate, 1772, records good. [''merged at some point with the First Parish'']<br>Wilford J. Litchfield, "Records of the first Universalist Church in Scituate," members in 1827, ''New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 62 [1908]: 383.
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:#Methodist Episcopal Church, 1821, records fair.
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:#Congregational Church (now [http://ftccscituate.org/ First Trinitarian Congregational Church of Scituate]), 1825, records good.<br>This church claim it was started in 1635, but it is a splitter group off the First Parish Church and established (with its records starting) in 1825.
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:#Baptist Church (now [http://www.firstbaptistscituate.com/ First Baptist Church]), North Scituate, 1825, records good.
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:#[http://stmaryscituate.org/ St. Mary of the Nativity], 1872.
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:#[http://www.saintlukesscituate.com/wp/ St. Luke's Episcopal Church], 1956.
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:#[http://clc-scituate.org/ Christ Lutheran Church], 1962.
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:#[http://www.humcscituate.org/ The Harbor United Methodist Church], n.d.
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== Newspapers  ==
  
[http://www.scituatelibraryfoundation.org/ Scituate Library Foundation]  
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:#''Scituate Herald'', 1929-1965.
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:#''South Shore / Scituate Mirror'' [title varies], 1955-1981.
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:#''Cohasset Cottager'', 1964-1965.
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:#''South of Boston'' [title varies], 1974-1975.  
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:#''Scituate Mariner'', 1985-present.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
  
=== Nearest Family History Center  ===
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:
  
'''Hingham Massachusetts '''<br>379 Gardner St<br>Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States<br>Phone: 781-749-4815<br>Hours: T 6:30pm-9pm; Th 9am -2pm; Sat 9am-1pm<br>Closed: Aug: Saturdays
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[http://scituatetownlibrary.org/ '''Scituate Town Library''']<br>85 Branch Street<br>Scituate MA 02066<br>Phone 781-545-8727 <br>Email [mailto:info@scituatetownlibrary.org info@scituatetownlibrary.org]
  
== Genealogy and History Websites  ==
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[http://www.scituatehistoricalsociety.org/ '''Scituate Historical Society''']<br>43 Cudworth Road<br>PO Box 276<br>Scituate MA 02066<br>Phone 781-545-1083<br>Email [mailto:director@scituatehistoricalsociety.org director@scituatehistoricalsociety.org]
  
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Scituate

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Scituate. 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 Scituate: Hanover and South Scituate (now Norwell).

Brief History

The Conihassett Grant was given to four "Merchant Adventurers of London" in 1633 who petitioned the Court who granted more land in 1636. The first church was established by 1634. The area was actually settled by 1628 and a windmill erected by 1636 on the third cliff. The rivers made an excellent location for ship building, and that industry was underway by 1646. This thriving settlement was part of Plymouth Colony. The town was placed in 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.

Historical Data

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

Associated names

Scituate at one time was called Assanippi and Satuit.

Village or section names include Beechwood, Belle House Neck, Clapp's Corner, Egypt, First Cliff, Fourth Cliff, Greenbush, Hatherly, Humarock, Jericho, Minot, Mungo's Corner, North Scituate (formerly Gannett Corner), North Scituate Beach, Pincin Hill, Rivermoor, Sand Hills, Scituate Center, Scituate Harbor, Scituate Neck, Scituate Station, Second Cliff, Shanghai, Sherman's Corner, Sodom, The Glades, Third Cliff, Walnut Tree Hill, and Webster Village..

Border changes
Dates Events
1 July 1633 Referenced as "... between the brooke at Scituate ...." [Ply. Col. Rec., 1: 13]
4 Oct. 1636 The town of Scituate authorized to dispose of lands. [Ply. Col. Rec., 1: 44]
30 Nov. 1640 Land granted to Scituate.
7 Mar. 1643 Border established.
14 June 1727 Western part set off as new town of Hanover with small part from Abington.
8 Nov. 1782 Border between Scituate and Marshfield established.
10 Mar. 1788 Part annexed to Marshfield.
14 June 1823 Part annexed to Cohasset.
20 Mar. 1840 Border between Scituate and Cohasset established with part of each town annexed to the other town.
14 Feb. 1849 Western part set off as new town of South Scituate (now Norwell).
11 May 1887 Border between Scituate and Marshfield established.
30 Apr. 1897 Border between Scituate and Cohasset established.
Border between Scituate and Hingham established.
23 Mar. 1928 Border between Scituate and Marshfield established.
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Town Histories and Records

Works written on the town include:


  • Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1831 (Boston, 1831), 406 pp.
Digital versions at Internet Archive, Google Books, and Ancestry ($).
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL film 369741; FHL digital link.
Family sketches appear on pages 211 to 394 and include the families (some slightly out of order): Adams, Adford, Albeson (Swedish), Alden, Allen, Annable, Badcocke / Babcock (at end of Bs), Bailey, Balch, Bardin, Barker, Barrell, Barstow, Bates, Battles, Beal, Benson, Besbedge / Bisbee, Bird, Bishop, Blackmore, Blackwood, Blossom, Booth, Bourne, Bowker (Swedish), Brooks, Briggs, Bryant, Brown, Burroughs, Burditt, Buck, Bumpus, Calloway, Carlisle, Casely, Chamberlain, chambers, Chandler, Checkett, Chittenden, Chubbuck, Church, Clapp, Clark, Cobb, Cocke / Cook, Cole, Collamore / Collamer, Collier, Colman, Cooper, Copeland, Corlew, Cowen (Scottish), Crocker, Crooker, Cudworth, Curtis, Cushing, Cushman, Dagan, Damon, Davis, Deane, Delano, Delis (French), Dimmick, Dodson, Dogget, Doughty, Dunbar, Dwelley, Edenden, Elmes, Ensign, Ewell, Farrow, Fish, Fitzgerald, Fitzrandell, Floyd, Ford, Foster, Foxwell, Fuller, Gannett, Gardner, Garrett, Gibbs, Gilson, Granger, Gray, Green, Gross, Hall, Hallett, Hamans, Hammond, Hanmer, Howland, Harlow, Hatch, Hatherly, Hayden, Hewes (Welsh), Hewett, Hickes / Hix, Hills, Hinckley, Hoar, Hobart, Holbrook, Holmes, Holloway, Hoskins, House, Hoyt, Humphries (Irish), Hyland, Ingham, Jackson, Jacob, James, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Josselyn, Kempton, Kendrick, Kent, King, Lambert, Lapham, Lewis, Lincoln, Linnet, Litchfield, Little, Lombard, Lowell, Magoon / McGoun, Mann, Mansel, Manson, Marble, Mason, Mayo, Mellus, Merritt, Mitchell, Moore, Morton, Mott, Nash, Neal, Neil (Irish), Newell, Nicholson, Nichols, Northy, Oldham, Orcutt, Osgood, Otis, Palmer, Parker, Parris, Peaks, Perkins, Perry, Philips, Pickels, Pierpont, Pidcoke, Pierce, Pinson, Porter, Pratt, Preble, Prince, Pryor, Prouty, Ramsdell, Rance, Randall, Rawlings, Rich, Richards, Robbins, Robinson, Rogers, Rose, Rowse, Ruggles, Russell, Saffin, Savory, Sealis, Sears, Sergeant, Shelley, Shrove, Skiff, Sparrel, Stephson, Stanford, Smith, Soan, Soper, Simson / Symonson, Southworth, Sproat / Sprout, Standlake / Stanley, Star, Stedman, Stetson, Stockbridge, Stodder, Studley, Sutliffe, Sutton, Sylvester, Tart, Taylor, Thompson, Thrift, Tickner, Tilden, Till, Tolman, Torrey, Totman, Tower, Tuell, Turner, Twisden, Utley, Vassal, Vaughan, Vinal, Wade, Wanton, Warden, Warren, Waterman, Webb, Welles, Wermal, Weyborn / Wiborn, Wheaton, Whiston, Whitcomb, White, Wilcome, Willard, Williams, Willcut, Wills, Wilson, Winter, Winslow, Woodfield, Woodworth, Worthlike, Wright, and Young.
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Vital Records

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

Original records
Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the First Parish with Rev. John Lothrop's mss. (C.R.1), Second Church of Scituate (C.R.2), Trinitarian Congregational Church (C.R.3), and Society of Friends of Pembroke now with Society at New Bedford (C.R.4). Deaths are included from First Parish Cem., Scituate Harbor (G.R.1), Groveland Cem., North Scituate (G.R.2), Judge Cushing's Cem., Greenbush (G.R.3), Hatch Burying Ground, Greenbush (G.R.4), James Burying Ground, Greenbush (G.R.5), Union Street Cem., Scituate Harbor (G.R.6), Fairview Cem., Scituate Centre (G.R.7), Mt. Hope Cem., North Scituate (G.R.8), Town Burying Ground, Scituate Centre (G.R.9), Catholic Cem., Scituate Harbor (G.R.10), Kilborn Merritt Cem., North Scituate (G.R.11), Clapp Burying Ground (G.R.12), Second Church Cem., Norwell (G.R. 13), South Parish Cem., Norwell (G.R. 14), Church Hill Cem., Norwell (G.R. 15), Stockbridge Cem., Norwell (G.R. 16), Bowker Street Cem., Norwell (G.R. 17), Damon Cem., Norwell (G.R. 18), Washington Street Cem., Norwell (G.R. 19), Quaker Cem., Norwell (G.R. 20), and Otis Cem., Norwell (G.R. 21).
  • "Chronicle of Scituate Vital Records," Appendix 31, pages 554-616, in the Bangs' book (listed above) in Volume 3, is a compilation of vital records from several published sources arranged in chronological order to 1700 - no one source had all the entries.
Online records
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City Directories

Scituate was published in 1894 (under Cohasset), 1915, 1918, 1926.

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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Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Scituate. Recall that the older cemeteries in Hanover and Norwell were once part of Scituate. For a historical survey that describes location and preservation issues, see the town's Burial Sites Survey from 2007. For a map of all cemeteries, see PlymouthColony. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Clapp Burying Ground, 1774. (A)
  2. Cudsworth or Veterans Cemetery, 1823. (A)
  3. Judge Cushing's Cemetery, 1757. (A, B)
  4. Damon-Brown Tombs, n.d.
  5. Fairview Cemetery, 1800. (A, B)
  6. Groveland Cemetery, 1720. (A, B)
  7. Harrub-Northey Tombs, 1841.
  8. Hatch Burying Ground, 1796. (A, B, C)
  9. James - Clapp Family Burying Ground, 19th century. (A)
    Mrs. Thomas W. Thacher, "Gravestone Records from the Private Burial Ground of the James Family, at Greenbush, Scituate, Mass." in Mayflower Descendant, 10 [1908]: 27-28.
  10. Lawson or Hammond Tomb, n.d.
  11. Men of Kent or Meetinghouse Lane Cemetery, 1624 (A, C)
    Images of some stones found online.
    David Hamblin, "Scituate Grave Yard" in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 9 [1855]: 178 - 179.
    Stanley W. Smith, "Gravestone Records from the Old Burying Ground on Meeting House Lane, Scituate, Mass." in Mayflower Descendant, 8 [1906]: 115-118.
    Copy from 1998 online.
    Nareen and Bob Lake, "Men of Kent Cemetery" 2003 transcript.
  12. Merritt Cemetery, 1816. (A)
  13. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1786. (A)
  14. New St. Mary's Cemetery, 1880.
  15. Old St. Mary's Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  16. Trinity Park Cemetery, 1993.
  17. Union Cemetery, n.d. (A, B)
  18. Vinal - Barnes Tomb, n.d.

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1909). [See links above for various versions of this source.]
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3
(C). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscript Dept.

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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.

  1. First Parish Church (Unitarian) (now First Parish Unitarian Universalist church of Scituate), 1634, records good.
    Founded by former members of Henry Jacob's church in Southwark, Eng., part of the membership left in 1639 under Rev. John Lothrop and established at church at Barnstable.
    Amos Otis, "Scituate and Barnstable Church Records" in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 9 [1855]: 279-287 (Scituate portion) noting that in 1768, the records from 1639 to 1707 were missing. This is also republished in Bangs' book (listed above), vol. 3, appendix 30, p. 512-519.
    George Ernest Bowman, "Records of the First Church of Scituate, Mass." [1707-1791] in Mayflower Descendant, 10 [1908]: 90-96, 175-180, 225-230; 11 [1909]: 44-46, 138-142, 207-209.
    A typescript of the same copied circa 1930 found at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.
  2. Second Church of Scituate, 1645 [now in Norwell, see church section there for published records].
  3. Society of Friends, South Scituate [now Norwell], 1679, now with the New Bedford Monthly Meeting.
  4. Universalist Church, West Scituate, 1772, records good. [merged at some point with the First Parish]
    Wilford J. Litchfield, "Records of the first Universalist Church in Scituate," members in 1827, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 62 [1908]: 383.
  5. Methodist Episcopal Church, 1821, records fair.
  6. Congregational Church (now First Trinitarian Congregational Church of Scituate), 1825, records good.
    This church claim it was started in 1635, but it is a splitter group off the First Parish Church and established (with its records starting) in 1825.
  7. Baptist Church (now First Baptist Church), North Scituate, 1825, records good.
  8. St. Mary of the Nativity, 1872.
  9. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1956.
  10. Christ Lutheran Church, 1962.
  11. The Harbor United Methodist Church, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Scituate Herald, 1929-1965.
  2. South Shore / Scituate Mirror [title varies], 1955-1981.
  3. Cohasset Cottager, 1964-1965.
  4. South of Boston [title varies], 1974-1975.
  5. Scituate Mariner, 1985-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Scituate Town Library
85 Branch Street
Scituate MA 02066
Phone 781-545-8727
Email info@scituatetownlibrary.org

Scituate Historical Society
43 Cudworth Road
PO Box 276
Scituate MA 02066
Phone 781-545-1083
Email director@scituatehistoricalsociety.org

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 103. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co.: Hingham | Marshfield | Norwell Norfolk Co.: Cohasset