Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Adjacent towns: Essex Co.: Beverly | Danvers | Hamilton | Manchester-by-the-Sea | Topsfield


Vital Records

Vital Records of Wenham, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849

A published index of birth, marriage, and death records from the earliest settlement through 1849.  The index was compiled and published in 1904 by the Essex Institute from town clerk's records, church records, cemetery records, and family bibles.  Records are indexed by last name.  This volume is part of a series that contains vital records for over 200 Massachusetts towns through 1849.  

A full text copy of the index as published is available on archives.org

The Massachusetts Vital Records Project has transcribed the index by town and surname, which can be useful for finding relocated family members in nearby towns: http://ma-vitalrecords.org/

Massachusetts Archives vital records (1841-1910)

The Massachusetts Archives holds birth, marriage, and death records for all Massachusetts towns, including Wenham, for 1841 through 1920.  The archives provides a free online index of vital records (1841-1910).  Copies of records located using the online index can be ordered, for a small fee, by contacting research services.

Local History

The Hamilton-Wenham public library holds a closed-stack collection of local history resources printed 1900 and after; a list of collection contents is available online.

The Phillis Library at the Peabody Essex Museum has extensive local history resources for Wenham and surrounding area.  A partial list of holdings is available on PHILcat;  a listing of the library's manuscript collections is available on the Massachusetts Special Collections Directory.  Manuscript holdings include papers of Wenham residents, including contemporary diaries, account books, and letters beginning as early as the 1630s through the early 20th century.

Probate Records

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum holds Essex County probate records from 1636 to 1914 on microfilm. 

Court Records

Essex County Court Records 1636-1820

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum holds the records of the Essex County Courts from 1636 to 1820, including the Essex County Quarterly Court, General Sessions of the Peace, and Court of Common Pleas, as well as those of the special Court of Oyer and Terminer that heard the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials.

Massachusetts Judicial Archives

See the Massachusetts state archive website for contents and contact information for Court and Judicial Archives at the Massachusetts State Archives.