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Massachusetts Genealogy Resources

  • Banks. Charles Edward. The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers Who Came to Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620, the Fortune in 1621, and the Anne and the Little James in 1623. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2006, 1929. Biographical sketches of 112 passengers who sailed on the first four ships to New England. Along with data on the passengers' origins, family connections and later histories.
     
  • Banks, Charles Edward. The Planters of The Commonwealth in Massachusetts, 1620-1640. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2006, 1930.Contains the names of 3,600 passengers on the ninety-six ships which brought them to New England between 1620 and 1640.
     
  • Boston Streets. This site has four sections: Moments (100 years of street scenes); People (city directories from 1845, 1855, 1865, 1870, 1872, 1875, 1885, 1905 and 1925); Places (atlases from 1874, 1898 and 1928); and "Cowpaths" (a map-based tool that plots information from the other databases).
     
  • Caleb Johnson's MayflowerHistory.com.
     
  • Colonial Massachusetts and Maine Genealogies.  Each of these genealogical lines trace their roots from the British Isles to Colonial Massachusetts, arriving during the 1600s. They settled in towns like Barnstable, Dedham, Duxbury, Lexington, Lynn, Marshfield, Salem, Salisbury, and Watertown. Many of these families continued north to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont during the early 1700s. This site lists genealogical information about over 10,000 individuals.
     
  • Flagg, Charles Allcott. A guide to Massachusetts local history; being a bibliographic index to the literature of the towns, cities and counties of the state, including books, pamphlets, articles in periodicals and collected works, books in preparation, historical manuscripts, newspaper clippings, etc. Salem, MA: Salem Press Co., 1907.
     
  • Genealogical Column of the Boston Transcript, 1906-1941: Index. Microfiche at Allen County, Indiana Public Library.

  • Genealogies of Mayflower Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985.

  • Hoyt, David Webster. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts: A Reprinting of the Author's Full Set of Genealogical Journals, 1897-1919. Somersworth, NH: New England History Press, 1981.
     
  • Index to Passenger Manifests (1848-1891)
     
  • Index to Vital Records (1841-1910)
     
  • Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts. There are 209 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts; JCAM currently owns and operates 101 of these Jewish cemeteries. As a service, we are providing maps and directions to all 209 Jewish cemeteries. Database of over 50,000 Jewish names in the Jewish cemeteries. Results will shows the name, burial location, cemetery name, street name and date of death.

  • Lambert, David Allen, compiler. Vital Records of Stoughton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1850. Braintree, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2008.

  • Massachusetts Archives.
     
  • Massachusetts Archives Collection Database (1629-1799)

  • Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Massachusetts. FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915 – Imaged Records – Name index and images of state birth records from 1841-1915. The registers of births are first arranged in volumes by year. Within the volumes the birth entries are arranged by town, then numerically by the number it was entered into the registers. May include a few births for 1840. FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891. Index and images of Boston Passenger Lists for 1820 through 1891. There is a nine-year gap between March 31, 1874 and April, 1883. Corresponds to NARA publication M277: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891. FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943. Boston Passenger Lists for 1891 through 1943. Corresponds to NARA publication T843: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 18-1891-1943. FamilySearch.
     
  • Massachusetts Cemetery Directory.
     
  • Massachusetts Civil War Research Center.  This site contains a comprehensive collection of information pertaining to soldiers, sailors and marines who served in Massachusetts units and regiments during the Civil War.  Information found on this site was taken in part from documents prepared, compiled and published by the Adjutant General's Office of Massachusetts in 1888.

  • Massachusetts, Death Index, 1970-2003. Index of deaths from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services in Boston. Index provided by Ancestry.com. FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910. Name index to death and burial records from the state of Massachusetts. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 1,545,640 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.  FamilySearch.
     
  • Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 – Imaged Records – Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide death registers and certificates. When deaths were recorded on register forms, the second page of the form is on the next image. The death registers and certificates are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town. FamilySearch.
     
  • Massachusetts GenWeb Project.

  • Massachusetts Marriages 1695-1910. Name index to marriage records from the state of Massachusetts. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.  FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915. Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide marriage registers. The marriage registers are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town. FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts, Naturalization Index, 1906-1966. Card index to naturalization petitions of United States and District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, 1906-1966. Index created by Fold3 from NARA microfilm publication M1545, Index to Petitions and Records of Naturalizations of the U.S. and District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, 1906-1966. Original NARA Title is Index to Petitions and Records of Naturalizations of the U.S. and District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, 1906-1966. FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686-1915. Probate estate files of Plymouth County located at Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967. Probate estate files of Plymouth County from two different sources: the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the archive of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887. Index and images of vital records recorded by the town clerk of Springfield. FamilySearch.
     
  • Massachusetts State Censuses: Population Schedules 1855 and 1865. Originals at the Massachusetts State Archives, Boston. Film and cataloged as one series by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974, 68 rolls. Film #: 953973, 953965, 953966, 954384.

  • Massachusetts, State Census, 1855. This project was indexed in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Name index and images of population schedules listing inhabitants of the State of Massachusetts in 1855. 155 images from Suffolk County are missing and will be forthcoming (953961). FamilySearch.
     
  • Massachusetts, State Census, 1865. Name index and images of population schedules listing inhabitants of the State of Massachusetts in 1865. This project was indexed in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). FamilySearch.

  • Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920. Massachusetts births, marriages and deaths, 1916-1920 and state amendments to vital records, 1841-1920 located at the state archives in Boston. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.
     
  • Passenger Manifest (1848-1891) Contents. Massachusetts Archives. Massachusetts officials started recording the names of immigrants who arrived by ship in January of 1848, a procedure which continued until July of 1891, when federal records-keeping programs superseded those of the state. Although immigrants arrived at numerous Massachusetts ports, the Archives holds manifests for BOSTON ONLY. These are arranged chronologically according to the date when the ship arrived in port. The Archives holds the original manifests as well as the only microfilm copy available of these Passenger manifests. This collection has been cataloged as HS3.02/1990X (Registers of passengers arriving in Massachusetts ports) in the finding aids of the Massachusetts Archives.
     
  • Starbuck, Alexander. Nantucket Genealogies: Excerpted from the History of Nantucket County, Island, and Town, Including Genealogies of First Settlers. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., Inc., 2006, 1924.

  • State Library of Massachusetts Digital Collections.

  • Sturgis Library, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Newspaper Indexes. Includes the digital archive of the Barnstable Patriot newspaper covering Cape Cod and the Islands from 1830 to 1930. Also available is the Provincetown Banner and The Advocate, 1918 and 1931-67 (1935 missing). Full text search, and image retrieval.
     
  • Suffolk County Wills: Abstracts of the Earliest Wills upon Record in the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1984; Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 2005 reprint.