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Hampden County Massachusetts History
*'''[[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts Genealogy Guide]] - Guide to Massachusetts State-wide Records'''
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====Hampden County, Massachusetts Record Dates====
 
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hampden County, Massachusetts . Page 329-331 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 322-323.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hampden County, Massachusetts Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hampden County, Massachusetts Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hampden County, Massachusetts Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hampden County, Massachusetts Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hampden County, Massachusetts Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hampden County, Massachusetts Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hampden County, Massachusetts Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |at town creation
| width="14.2%" align="center" |at town creation
| width="14.2%" align="center" |at town creation
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1812
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1636
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1812
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1779
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1841. General compliance year unknown.</center>
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== Hampden County Massachusetts History ==
*''Sketches of the Churches and Pastors in Hampden County, Mass.'' (Westfield, Mass., 1854), viii, 144 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/686631 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|229086|item|disp=FHL book 974.426 K2s and fiche 6019506}}.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/sketcheschurche00minigoog Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=66-3KLe_FR0C Google Books], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16844 Ancestry] ($).<br>
*Harry Andrew Wright, ed., ''Indian Deeds of Hampden County, being copies of all land transfers from the Indians recorded in the county of Hampden: Massachusetts, and some deeds from other sources, together with notes and translations of Indian place names'' (Springfield, Mass., 1905), 194 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1727546 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|135745|item|disp=FHL book 974.426 R2w}}.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/indiandeedsofham00wrig Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=Wq7j8EoY-m8C Google Books], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16845 Ancestry] ($).<br>
*[http://wwwsites.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mahampde/ The Hampden County MAGenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].<br>
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Hampden The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Hampden County.<br>
*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Hampden|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} FamilySearch Catalog for Hampden County.<br>
== Hampden County Massachusetts Genealogy Resources ==
==== Vital Records ====
In Massachusetts, the original vital records (of births, marriages, and deaths) have been created and maintained by the town or city in which the event occurred. In very early colonial times, copies of these records were submitted to the county, but that practice died out long before this county was established. There were marriage intentions commonly recorded in the bride's home town and additional recordings maybe found in the groom's home town and their current residence.<br>
'''''Online Vital Records'''''
*'''1626-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2061550|Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1638-1961''' - {{RecordSearch|2285844|Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1841-1920''' - {{RecordSearch|1928860|Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
====Birth====
*'''1666 - 1970''' - {{RecordSearch|2268583|Massachusetts, Delayed and Corrected Vital Records, 1753-1900}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index & images
====Marriage====
*'''1600-1961''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=massachusetts%2cma Massachusetts, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 <br><br>*'''1841-1915''' - {{RecordSearch|1469062|Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Cemetery ====
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Massachusetts/Hampden-County?id=county_1179 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://wwwsites.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mahampde/cemetery.htm USGenWeb]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Hampden+Massachusetts&qt=results_page WorldCat]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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==== Census ====
*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1410399|Massachusetts State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1837 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|2303027|Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837-1965}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images
==== Land Records ====
Land transfers, commonly called deeds, are recorded on the county level in Massachusetts. Not all deeds were recorded as is common practice today. The earliest transactions were charters or grants from the English Crown. Once local government was established, the colony would grant land to settlers directly or to towns to dole out. Some towns first start out as proprietorship and records were recorded there. Once towns were established, deeds were recorded on the county level.<br>
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=== Town Records === *'''1626-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2061550|Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images === Maps and Gazetteers ==={{MA Maps Intro|Hampden}}{{MA Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MA Hampden County}}}} === Probate Records ====
<center>'''Online Records'''</center><br>
*'''1635 – 1991''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9069 Massachusetts Wills and Probate Records 1635-1991] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images, $<br>
===== Naturalization Records =====
*'''1871-1991''' - {{RecordSearch|2632082|Massachusetts, United States Naturalization Records, 1871-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1906-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|2140604|Massachusetts, Naturalization Records, 1906-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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==== Maps ====
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==== Migration ====
[[Image:{{CatskillRdmap}}]]Migration routes for early European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry]; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br><br><center>Map of the '''Catskill Road''' (aka Ancram Turnpike) in yellow from Springfield, Massachusetts to Ancram, Catskill, and Unadilla in New York.</center>]]Migration routes for early European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry]; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br><br>
*Alford and Egremont (MA) Turnpike<ref>Frederic J. Wood, ''The Turnpikes of New England and the Evolution of the Same Through England, Virginia, and Maryland'' (Boston: Marshall Jones, 1919), map between 56 and 57, and 168. [https://archive.org/stream/turnpikesofnewen00woodrich#page/168/mode/1up Internet Archive version online].</ref> 1812
*Ancram (NY) Turnpike<ref>Isaac Huntting, ''History of the Little Nine Partners of North East Precinct and Pine Plains, New York, Dutchess County'' (Amenia, NY: Chas. Walsh, 1897), 99-101. [{{Huntt}} Google Book edition].</ref> 1805, also sometimes called the '''''Catskill Road''''', from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Catskill, New York]]
*[[Catskill Road]] 1750s from [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Catskill, New York]]<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 6 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="AncramTpk">[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/genealogy/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm#_NAME_%28A%29 _Migration_Routes_in_the_Northeaster Ancram Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Ancram Turnpike''' went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the '''''Catskill Road'''''.</ref> <ref name="Morgan">Almira E Morgan, ''The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path'' (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. [http://tcpl.org/local-history/documents/nys-cny/Catskill_Turnpike.pdf Online digital copy].</ref> <ref name="CatskillTpk">[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm#_NAME_%28C%29 Catskill Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Catskill Turnpike''' went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the '''''Susquehanna Turnpike'''''.</ref> <ref>Huntting, 97-99.</ref>
*'''''[[Catskill Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' (aka '''Susquehannah Turnpike&nbsp;''') from Catskill, NY to Unadilla, NY; route travelled by Europeans by 1792; toll booths opened by 1804.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="Morgan" /> <ref>Anastassia Zinke, [http://www.catskillmtn.org/guide-magazine/articles/2001-11-the-susquehanna-turnpike-and-america-s-frontier-history.html The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History] in ''Catskill Mountain Foundation'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref>Joan Odess, [http://www.dcha-ny.org/turnpike.pdf The Susquehanna Turnpike] (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).</ref>
*Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799
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==== Military Records =========Revolutionary War=====
*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2548057|Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1805 - 1845''' - {{RecordSearch|1881492|Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1805-1845}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
== Hampden County Massachusetts Libraries and Genealogy Societies ==
[https://westmagenealogy.com/ Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society]<br>
PO Box 418, West Springfield, MA 01090-0418<br>Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam, MA 01001 from 6 to 8 pm unless otherwise posted in advance and mostly consist of genealogy speakers either live or in a webinar format. Recordings are archived at the website in a members only area.<br>Research clinics are held at that location on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm. Members can access the WMGS AncestryLibrary subscriptions at these clinics.<br>See [https://westmagenealogy.com/ website] for membership information.
 
[http://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/ Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.]<br>P. O. Box 215<br>Ashland, MA 01721-0215<br>Four chapters hold open educational meetings from September through June each year.<br><br>
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