Skip to content

Bristol County, Massachusetts Genealogy Library and Resources

🏠 » Genealogy » Library » Massachusetts

Bristol County

Communities: Acushnet, Attleboro, Berkley, Dartmouth, Dighton, Easton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Mansfield, New Bedford, North Attleborough, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Westport.

Map: Bristol County, Massachusetts 1852 (click to enlarge), Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

Virtual Libraries

Pease, Zephaniah W., editor. History of New Bedford, vol. 1. New York : Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1918.

Pease, Zephaniah W., editor. History of New Bedford, vol. 2. New York : Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1918.

Pease, Zephaniah W., editor. History of New Bedford, vol. 3New York : Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1918.

Ricketson, Daniel. The History of New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts. New Bedford : Self-published, 1858.

City Council. Ordinances and Rules and Orders of the City of New Bedford. New Bedford : E. Anthony and Sons, City Printers, 1884.

The Auditor’s Annual Report of the Receipts and Expenditures of the City of New Bedford Including Report of City Treasurer and Collector of Taxes, for the year 1889. New Bedford : E. Anthony and Sons, City Printers, 1890.

Annual Report of the School Committee of City of New Bedford, Together with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, Years 1886–1890. New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company.
Notes: Reports for multiple years are bound in one book, a 533-page pdf:
1886, pdf p. 8, graduates pdf p. 57; 1887, pdf p. 108, graduates pdf p. 167; 1888, pdf p. 214, graduates pdf p. 264; 1889, pdf p. 322, graduates pdf p. 369, 1890, pdf p. 442, graduates pdf p. 464.

Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass, Years 1891–1894. New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company.
Notes: Reports for multiple years are bound in one book, a 493-page pdf: 1891, pdf p. 8, graduates pdf p. 35, 1891 report has photos of several school buildings; 1892, pdf p. 118, graduates pdf p. 143; 1893, pdf p. 222, graduates pdf p. 243; 1894, pdf p. 338, graduates, pdf p. 362.

Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1891. New Bedford : E. Anthony and Sons, City Printers, 1892.

Atlas of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Based on plans in the Office of the City Engineer. Boston, Massachusetts : Walker Lithograph and Publishing, 1911.

New Bedford, Massachusetts City Directories, Internet Archive, years 1836, 1838, 1839, 1841, 1845, 1849, 1852, 1856, 1859, 1865, 1867, 1877, 1879, 1883, 1889, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1903, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1960.

New Bedford High School Yearbooks, Internet Archive, years 1905, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 (supplement only), 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 (supplement only), 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

New Bedford Textile School (1924-1958)
(Family Search)

Institutions, Societies, and Government Websites

New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

Vital Records and Substitutes

Births

New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1871, vol. 4, p. 74-94A, 485 births; Family Search. Note: Not in chronological order.

New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1872, vol. 4, p. 95-116, 508 births; Family Search. Note: Not in chronological order.

New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1873, vol. 4, p. 117-138, 502 births; Family Search. Note: Not in chronological order.

Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1871, p. 14, 44 births; Family Search.

Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1872, p. 16, 39 births; Family Search.

Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1873, p. 18, 38 births; Family Search.

Land and property

“Grantor – Grantee Index Book Images,” Bristol County Register of Deeds (https://newbedforddeeds.com/recording-information/old-indices/ ).

Newspapers

New Bedford

The Evening Standard and The Evening Journal (My Heritage, abt 1860-1920)

New Bedford Mercury
(Genealogy Bank, 1807-1877)

New Bedford Evening Standard
(Genealogy Bank, 1850-1870)

New Bedford Evening Journal
(Google, Oct 1890-Mar 1893)

Morning Mercury
(Genealogy Bank, 1895-1919)

Fall River

Fall River Monitor (Fall River, Massachusetts), 1826-1857 (Newspapers.com)

Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 1859–1923 (Newspapers.com)

Fall River Daily Monitor (Fall River, Massachusetts), 1865-1866 (Newspapers.com)

The Fall River Daily Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 1877–1904 (Newspapers.com)

The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 1904-1908 and 1908-1923 (Newspapers.com)

Fall River Herald News Obituary Index 1934-2011 (Fall River Public Library)

Herald News, Obituaries (Fall River, Massachusetts), 2000 – Current (Genealogy Bank)

Fairhaven

The Fairhaven Star (Fairhaven, Massachusetts), 1879-1967; The Millicent Library (Fairhaven, Massachusetts).

Back to top