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Essex County, Massachusetts Genealogy Library and Resources

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Essex County

Cities and Towns: Lynn, Lawrence, Haverhill, Peabody, Methuen, Salem, Beverly, Andover, Gloucester, North Andover, Saugus, Danvers, Marblehead, Newburyport, Amesbury, Swampscott, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Middleton, Salisbury, Georgetown, Boxford, Hamilton, Rockport, Newbury, Groveland, Merrimac, Topsfield, Rowley, Manchester by the Sea, Wenham, West Newbury, Essex, Nahant.

Map: Essex County, Massachusetts 1856 (click to enlarge), Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

Resources

Personal Library

Andover

Andover, Symbol of New England, The Evolution of a Town, The Andover Historical Society, 1959.
Historical Sketches of Andover, Comprising the Present Towns of North Andover and Andover, Sarah Loring Bailey, 1880.
Also available online
In the Shadow of Salem, The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692, Richard Hite, 2018.

Haverhill

The History of Haverhill, Massachusetts, George Wingate Chase, 1861, reprint 1983.
Also available online

Lynn

Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the End of the Year, 1849, vol. 1, Birth, The Essex Institute, 1905.
Also available online
Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the End of the Year, 1849, vol. 2, Marriages and Deaths, The Essex Institute, 1906.
Also available online

Newburyport

The History of Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1764-1905, John J. Currier, 1909, reprint 1978.
Also available online

Salem

The Heretic’s Daughter, Kathleen Kent, 2008.
Note: Historical Fiction; Toothaker, Allin, and Carrier families.
History of Salem Massachusetts, vol. 1, 1626-1637, Sidney Perley, 1924.
History of Salem Massachusetts, vol. 2, 1638-1670, Sidney Perley, 1926.
History of Salem Massachusetts, vol. 3, 1671-1716, Sidney Perley, 1928.
Salem in the Eighteenth Century, James Duncan Phillips, 1937.
The Salem Witch Trials, Marilynne K. Roach, 2002

Virtual Libraries

Andover

History of the Andover Theological Seminary, Leonard Woods, 1885.

The Record of Andover During the Rebellion, Samuel Raymond, 1875.

Lawrence

Lawrence History Center

Institutions, Societies, and Government Websites

Abbreviations and References, Andover Vital Records

Andover’s Digital Collections & Links, Memorial Hall Library

Andover Townsman Newspapers, Memorial Hall Library

Cemetery Search, South Church, Andover

Samuel Sewell Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society

Vital Records

State Level

Vital Records 1841-1925, Digital Records at the Massachusetts Archives

Massachusetts Delayed and Corrected Vital Records, 1753-1920 (Family Search)

Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 (Ancestry)

Massachusetts, Death Index, 1970-2003, Ancestry

Family Search records require access at an affiliate location

Internet Archive except where noted

Andover, Massachusetts
Vital Records of Andover, Massachusetts to 1849, The Massachusetts Vital Records Project
Births
Vital Records to 1849, vol. 1, Births
Marriages
Vital Records to 1849, vol. 2, Marriages and Deaths

Salem, Massachusetts
Town Records of Salem, Massachusetts
Vol. 1, 1634-1659
Vol. 2, 1959-1680
Vol. 3, 1680-1691
Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts to 1849,
The Massachusetts Vital Records Project
Births
Vital Records to 1849, vol. 1, Births
Vital Records to 1849, vol. 2, Births
Eighteenth century baptisms in Salem
(Ancestry)
Marriages
Vital Records to 1849, vol. 3, Marriages
Vital Records to 1849, vol. 4, Marriages
Deaths
Vital Records to 1849, vol. 5, Deaths
Vital Records to 1849, vol. 6, Deaths
Salem High School Yearbooks 1937-2015
Internet Archive (some missing)
eYearbooks

Rowley, Massachusetts
Vital Records of Rowley, Massachusetts to 1849,
The Massachusetts Vital Records Project
Early Records 1639-1672, vol. 1
Early Settlers to 1700
First Record of the First Church

Saugus, Massachusetts
Vital Records of Saugus, Massachusetts to 1849,
The Massachusetts Vital Records Project
Saugus Births, Deaths, Marriages 1818-1842
Saugus Births, Deaths, Marriages 1843-1849
Vital Records to 1949
Saugus Birth Records 1892-1901
Saugus Birth Records 1902-1913
Saugus Death Records 1850-1891
Saugus Death Records 1903-1907

Topsfield, Massachusetts
Vital Records to 1849
Vital Records 1850-1899

Land Records and Deeds

Essex County, Northern, Registry of Deeds (Lawrence)

Essex County, Southern, Registry of Deeds
(Salem, 1640-2020)

Additional websites

Historical Markers and War Memorials in Essex County, Massachusetts

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