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1796 Massachusetts map, Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

Massachusetts

Statehood: 6 Feb 1788
6th state of the United States

Bordering states:
North: New Hampshire, Vermont
South: Connecticut, Rhode Island
West: New York

Capital and largest city: Boston

Map: Massachusetts, 1796 (click map to enlarge), Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

Counties: Original counties as listed in the 1780 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Part of the Second, Chapter 1 Sect. 2, The Senate, Article 1: Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Cumberland, Dukes, Essex, Hampshire, Lincoln, Middlesex, Nantucket, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester, and York. Massachusetts County Creation Dates and Parent Counties.
Counties in 2020: 14.

Resources

Personal Library

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In Olde Massachusetts, Sketches of Old Times and Places During the Early Days of the Commonwealth, Charles Burr Todd, 1907.
Also available online

Essex County

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

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.
In the Shadow of Salem, The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692, Richard Hite, 2018.
Salem in the Eighteenth Century, James Duncan Phillips, 1937.
The Salem Witch Trials, Marilynne K. Roach, 2002

Middlesex County

Medford

History of the Town of Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Charles Brooks, 1855.
Also available online.

Norfolk County

Wellesley

Early Days in Wellesley, Being Casual Recollections of Boyhood and Later Year, 1867–1881, Gamaliel Bradford, 1929.
Also available online

Virtual Libraries

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

A History of New England, Containing Historical and Descriptive Sketches of the Counties, Cities and Principal Towns of the Six New England States, vol. 1, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Rev. R. H. Howard, A.M. and Prof. Henry E. Crocker, 1880.

The History of the Province of Massachusetts-Bay, From the Charter of King William and Queen Mary, in 1691, Until the Year 1750, Thomas Hutchinson, 1767.

The History of Massachusetts, From the Landing of the Pilgrims to the Present Time, George Lowell Austin, 1884.

The History of Massachusetts the Colonial Period, John Stetson Barry, 1855.

Three Episodes of Massachusetts, vol. 2, Charles Francis Adamas, 1892.

Massachusetts Privateers of the Revolution, Gardner Weld Allen, 1927.

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, Office of the Sectetary of State, 1896.

Essex County

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

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

1780 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Early Vital Records of Massachusetts
From 1600 to 1850

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Digital Records at the Massachusetts Archives

Massachusetts Historical Society

Essex County

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

Norfolk County

Weymouth

Weymouth Historic and Digital Collections

Suffolk County

Boston

Boston City Archives

City of Boston, Resources for Boson Records

Newspapers

Newspapers.com: Massachusetts

Newspapers Archive: Massachusetts

Genealogy Bank: Massachusetts

Chronicling America, digitized: Massachusetts

NewsLibrary: Massachusetts

Community History Archive Newspapers: Massachusetts

Small Town Newspapers
(Scroll to Massachusetts)

Maps

Massachusetts Maps, Library of Congress

Massachusetts Landowner Maps, Library of Congress

Interactive Map of Massachusetts County Formation History, Maps of U.S.

Historical Maps Works: Massachusetts

Manuscripts

Massachusetts Manuscripts, Archive Grid

Massachusetts Manuscripts, Library of Congress

Land Records and Deeds

Massachusetts Land Records,
Secretary of the Commonwealth

Essex County, Northern, Registry of Deeds (Lawrence)

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

Vital Records

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

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Plymouth County

Virtual Libraries

Digitized copy of History of Plimouth Plantation manuscript, William Bradford, 1630-1650, State Library of Massachusetts

Records of the colony of New Plymouth in New England, Court Orders, vol. 1, 1633-1644, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M.D., editor, 1855.

Plymouth, Massachusetts Yearbooks, 1930-2016

Institutions, Societies, and Government Websites

Burial Record Search, Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts

Town Cemeteries, Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts

Land Records and Deeds

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds
Searchable database

Vital Records

Births

Duxbury

Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Births 1774-1849 (Family Search 007009257, 219 images). Family groups.

Plymouth

Town of Plymouth, Birth, Marriages, Deaths, vol. 2, 1755–1842 (Family Search 007009252, 275 images). Family groups, p. 6-370, p. 378. Marriages, p. 371-437. Deaths, p. 439-440. index to death registers, p. 441-end.

Town of Plymouth, Births 1856-1911
(Family Search, 007009254, 485 images)
Vol. 5, 1856–1873, img 3-149
Vol. 6, 1874–1893, img 152-296
Vol. 7, 1894–1908, img 300-448
Vol. 8, 1909–1911, img 451-485

Church Records

Plymouth Church Records, 1620-1859, vol. 1, New England Society, 1920.

Plymouth Church Records, 1620-1859, vol. 2, New England Society, 1923.

Deaths

Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Index to Deaths, vol. 5–7, 1855–1910 (Family Search, 008493127, 132 images)