Massachusetts Genealogy

USA (1,373,456) > Massachusetts (49,006)

Massachusetts map

By Record Type

record type help

Overview of Massachusetts records

If you're not sure which records would be helpful, you can try our Ancestor Source Finder tool.

Birth Records (2,992)
Cemetery Records (5,618)
Census Records (1,255)
Church Records (1,872)
City Directories (10,405)
Court Records (134)
Death Records (3,254)
Histories and Genealogies (4,555)
Immigration Records (287)
Land Records (642)
Map Records (1,437)
Marriage Records (3,521)
Military Records (996)
Minority Records (92)
Miscellaneous Records (8,552)
Newspapers and Obituaries (5,281)
Probate Records (135)
School Records (2,899)
Tax Records (1,182)

By County

Barnstable County (2,086)
Berkshire County (2,686)
Bristol County (3,623)
Dukes County (450)
Essex County (7,926)
Franklin County (1,868)
Hampden County (3,124)
Hampshire County (2,060)
Middlesex County (10,151)
Nantucket County (317)
Norfolk County (4,482)
Plymouth County (3,602)
Suffolk County (4,961)
Worcester County (6,741)

By City

Abington (in Plymouth County) (158)
Acton (in Middlesex County) (228)
Acushnet (in Bristol County) (82)
Adams (in Berkshire County) (171)
Agawam (in Hampden County) (100)
Alford (in Berkshire County) (84)
Allston (in Suffolk County) (96)
Amesbury (in Essex County) (202)
Amherst (in Hampshire County) (208)
Andover (in Essex County) (536)
Arlington (in Middlesex County) (444)
Ashburnham (in Worcester County) (117)
Ashby (in Middlesex County) (98)
Ashfield (in Franklin County) (124)
Ashland (in Middlesex County) (84)
Athol (in Worcester County) (220)
Attleboro (in Bristol County) (443)
Auburn (in Worcester County) (115)
Avon (in Norfolk County) (53)
Ayer (in Middlesex County) (93)
Baldwinville (in Worcester County) (52)
Barnstable (in Barnstable County) (179)
Barre (in Worcester County) (148)
Becket (in Berkshire County) (91)
Bedford (in Middlesex County) (101)
Belchertown (in Hampshire County) (104)
Bellingham (in Norfolk County) (101)
Belmont (in Middlesex County) (205)
Berkley (in Bristol County) (188)
Berkshire (in Berkshire County) (47)
Berlin (in Worcester County) (85)
Bernardston (in Franklin County) (86)
Beverly (in Essex County) (424)
Billerica (in Middlesex County) (154)
Blackstone (in Worcester County) (81)
Blandford (in Hampden County) (80)
Bolton (in Worcester County) (106)
Bondsville (in Hampden County) (44)
Boston (in Suffolk County) (2,756)
Bourne (in Barnstable County) (82)
Boxborough (in Middlesex County) (85)
Boxford (in Essex County) (122)
Boylston (in Worcester County) (99)
Bradford (in Essex County) (109)
Braintree (in Norfolk County) (397)
Brewster (in Barnstable County) (129)
Bridgewater (in Plymouth County) (219)
Brighton (in Suffolk County) (170)
Brimfield (in Hampden County) (320)
Brockton (in Plymouth County) (215)
Brookfield (in Worcester County) (108)
Brookline (in Norfolk County) (674)
Buckland (in Franklin County) (86)
Burlington (in Middlesex County) (81)
Byfield (in Essex County) (65)
Cambridge (in Middlesex County) (688)
Canton (in Norfolk County) (137)
Carlisle (in Middlesex County) (86)
Carver (in Plymouth County) (294)
Centerville (in Barnstable County) (49)
Charlemont (in Franklin County) (96)
Charlestown (in Suffolk County) (292)
Charlton (in Worcester County) (97)
Chatham (in Barnstable County) (161)
Chelmsford (in Middlesex County) (559)
Chelsea (in Suffolk County) (233)
Cheshire (in Berkshire County) (69)
Chester (in Hampden County) (117)
Chesterfield (in Hampshire County) (71)
Chestnut Hill (in Suffolk County) (51)
Chicopee (in Hampden County) (192)
Chilmark (in Dukes County) (97)
Clarksburg (in Berkshire County) (65)
Clinton (in Worcester County) (155)
Cochituate (in Middlesex County) (64)
Cohasset (in Norfolk County) (126)
Colrain (in Franklin County) (107)
Concord (in Middlesex County) (261)
Conway (in Franklin County) (105)
Cummington (in Hampshire County) (75)
Dalton (in Berkshire County) (95)
Dana (in Worcester County) (65)
Danvers (in Essex County) (271)
Dartmouth (in Bristol County) (165)
Dedham (in Norfolk County) (310)
Deerfield (in Franklin County) (146)
Dennis (in Barnstable County) (117)
Dighton (in Bristol County) (252)
Dorchester (in Suffolk County) (317)
Douglas (in Worcester County) (228)
Dover (in Norfolk County) (147)
Dracut (in Middlesex County) (125)
Dudley (in Worcester County) (111)
Dunstable (in Middlesex County) (106)
Duxbury (in Plymouth County) (185)
East Boston (in Suffolk County) (132)
East Bridgewater (in Plymouth County) (119)
East Brookfield (in Worcester County) (41)
East Dennis (in Barnstable County) (38)
East Falmouth (in Barnstable County) (38)
East Harwich (in Barnstable County) (42)
East Longmeadow (in Hampden County) (60)
East Northfield (in Franklin County) (38)
East Sandwich (in Barnstable County) (38)
Eastham (in Barnstable County) (156)
Easthampton (in Hampshire County) (117)
Easton (in Bristol County) (112)
Edgartown (in Dukes County) (109)
Egremont (in Berkshire County) (81)
Enfield (in Hampshire County) (61)
Erving (in Franklin County) (57)
Essex (in Essex County) (166)
Everett (in Middlesex County) (180)
Fairhaven (in Bristol County) (337)
Fall River (in Bristol County) (457)
Falmouth (in Barnstable County) (151)
Feeding Hills (in Hampden County) (44)
Fitchburg (in Worcester County) (327)
Florence (in Hampshire County) (50)
Florida (in Berkshire County) (58)
Foxborough (in Norfolk County) (130)
Framingham (in Middlesex County) (230)
Franklin (in Norfolk County) (202)
Freetown (in Bristol County) (138)
Gardner (in Worcester County) (201)
Gay Head (in Dukes County) (45)
Georgetown (in Essex County) (108)
Gilbertville (in Worcester County) (39)
Gill (in Franklin County) (80)
Gloucester (in Essex County) (531)
Goshen (in Hampshire County) (59)
Gosnold (in Dukes County) (48)
Grafton (in Worcester County) (111)
Granby (in Hampshire County) (80)
Granville (in Hampden County) (138)
Great Barrington (in Berkshire County) (161)
Greenfield (in Franklin County) (295)
Greenwich (in Hampshire County) (63)
Groton (in Middlesex County) (239)
Groveland (in Essex County) (72)
Hadley (in Hampshire County) (89)
Halifax (in Plymouth County) (96)
Hamilton (in Essex County) (336)
Hampden (in Hampden County) (63)
Hancock (in Berkshire County) (78)
Hanover (in Plymouth County) (120)
Hanson (in Plymouth County) (99)
Hardwick (in Worcester County) (89)
Harvard (in Worcester County) (135)
Harwich (in Barnstable County) (316)
Harwich Port (in Barnstable County) (35)
Hatfield (in Hampshire County) (113)
Haverhill (in Essex County) (390)
Hawley (in Franklin County) (71)
Haydenville (in Hampshire County) (41)
Heath (in Franklin County) (88)
Hingham (in Plymouth County) (183)
Hinsdale (in Berkshire County) (75)
Holbrook (in Norfolk County) (69)
Holden (in Worcester County) (103)
Holland (in Hampden County) (73)
Holliston (in Middlesex County) (101)
Holyoke (in Hampden County) (281)
Hopedale (in Worcester County) (54)
Hopkinton (in Middlesex County) (101)
Housatonic (in Berkshire County) (40)
Hubbardston (in Worcester County) (106)
Hudson (in Middlesex County) (85)
Hull (in Plymouth County) (100)
Huntington (in Hampshire County) (85)
Hyannis (in Barnstable County) (57)
Hyde Park (in Suffolk County) (149)
Ipswich (in Essex County) (354)
Jamaica Plain (in Suffolk County) (124)
Kingston (in Plymouth County) (149)
Lakeville (in Plymouth County) (123)
Lancaster (in Worcester County) (180)
Lanesborough (in Berkshire County) (77)
Lawrence (in Essex County) (315)
Lee (in Berkshire County) (148)
Leicester (in Worcester County) (120)
Lenox (in Berkshire County) (120)
Leominster (in Worcester County) (263)
Leverett (in Franklin County) (103)
Lexington (in Middlesex County) (187)
Leyden (in Franklin County) (76)
Lincoln (in Middlesex County) (225)
Littleton (in Middlesex County) (121)
Longmeadow (in Hampden County) (129)
Lowell (in Middlesex County) (683)
Ludlow (in Hampden County) (89)
Lunenburg (in Worcester County) (116)
Lynn (in Essex County) (447)
Lynnfield (in Essex County) (166)
Malden (in Middlesex County) (256)
Manchester (in Essex County) (157)
Mansfield (in Bristol County) (118)
Marblehead (in Essex County) (206)
Marion (in Plymouth County) (86)
Marlborough (in Middlesex County) (204)
Marshfield (in Plymouth County) (163)
Marthas Vineyard (in Dukes County) (51)
Mashpee (in Barnstable County) (69)
Mattapan (in Suffolk County) (43)
Mattapoisett (in Plymouth County) (79)
Maynard (in Middlesex County) (102)
Medfield (in Norfolk County) (187)
Medford (in Middlesex County) (249)
Medway (in Norfolk County) (130)
Melrose (in Middlesex County) (200)
Mendon (in Worcester County) (184)
Merrimac (in Essex County) (253)
Methuen (in Essex County) (154)
Middleborough (in Plymouth County) (338)
Middlefield (in Hampshire County) (86)
Middleton (in Essex County) (308)
Milford (in Worcester County) (363)
Millbury (in Worcester County) (123)
Millis (in Norfolk County) (50)
Millville (in Worcester County) (42)
Milton (in Norfolk County) (176)
Monroe (in Franklin County) (60)
Monson (in Hampden County) (110)
Montague (in Franklin County) (106)
Monterey (in Berkshire County) (61)
Montgomery (in Hampden County) (89)
Mount Washington (in Berkshire County) (77)
Nahant (in Essex County) (93)
Nantucket (in Nantucket County) (72)
Natick (in Middlesex County) (189)
Needham (in Norfolk County) (111)
New Ashford (in Berkshire County) (88)
New Bedford (in Bristol County) (429)
New Braintree (in Worcester County) (93)
New Marlborough (in Berkshire County) (92)
New Salem (in Franklin County) (88)
Newbury (in Essex County) (179)
Newburyport (in Essex County) (563)
Newton (in Middlesex County) (541)
Newton Center (in Middlesex County) (52)
Norfolk (in Norfolk County) (48)
North Adams (in Berkshire County) (334)
North Andover (in Essex County) (147)
North Attleborough (in Bristol County) (79)
North Bridgewater (in Plymouth County) (48)
North Brookfield (in Worcester County) (77)
North Dartmouth (in Bristol County) (52)
North Easton (in Bristol County) (43)
North Grafton (in Worcester County) (39)
North Middleborough (in Plymouth County) (49)
North Reading (in Middlesex County) (143)
Northampton (in Hampshire County) (342)
Northborough (in Worcester County) (109)
Northbridge (in Worcester County) (104)
Northfield (in Franklin County) (113)
Norton (in Bristol County) (134)
Norwell (in Plymouth County) (119)
Norwood (in Norfolk County) (157)
Oak Bluffs (in Dukes County) (78)
Oakham (in Worcester County) (310)
Orange (in Franklin County) (138)
Orleans (in Barnstable County) (122)
Osterville (in Barnstable County) (36)
Otis (in Berkshire County) (78)
Oxford (in Worcester County) (142)
Palmer (in Hampden County) (333)
Paxton (in Worcester County) (83)
Peabody (in Essex County) (247)
Pelham (in Hampshire County) (111)
Pembroke (in Plymouth County) (132)
Pepperell (in Middlesex County) (121)
Peru (in Berkshire County) (72)
Petersham (in Worcester County) (107)
Phillipston (in Worcester County) (79)
Pittsfield (in Berkshire County) (339)
Plainfield (in Hampshire County) (59)
Plainville (in Norfolk County) (63)
Plymouth (in Plymouth County) (532)
Plympton (in Plymouth County) (106)
Prescott (in Hampshire County) (60)
Princeton (in Worcester County) (115)
Provincetown (in Barnstable County) (137)
Quincy (in Norfolk County) (604)
Randolph (in Norfolk County) (148)
Raynham (in Bristol County) (95)
Reading (in Middlesex County) (308)
Readville (in Suffolk County) (83)
Rehoboth (in Bristol County) (235)
Revere (in Suffolk County) (79)
Richmond (in Berkshire County) (86)
Rochester (in Plymouth County) (112)
Rockland (in Plymouth County) (135)
Rockport (in Essex County) (107)
Roslindale (in Suffolk County) (106)
Rowe (in Franklin County) (59)
Rowley (in Essex County) (154)
Roxbury (in Suffolk County) (261)
Royalston (in Worcester County) (99)
Russell (in Hampden County) (76)
Rutland (in Worcester County) (119)
Salem (in Essex County) (515)
Salisbury (in Essex County) (105)
Sandisfield (in Berkshire County) (82)
Sandwich (in Barnstable County) (154)
Saugus (in Essex County) (421)
Savoy (in Berkshire County) (78)
Scituate (in Plymouth County) (188)
Seekonk (in Bristol County) (75)
Sharon (in Norfolk County) (145)
Sheffield (in Berkshire County) (128)
Shelburne (in Franklin County) (78)
Shelburne Falls (in Franklin County) (50)
Sherborn (in Middlesex County) (162)
Shirley (in Middlesex County) (105)
Shrewsbury (in Worcester County) (119)
Shutesbury (in Franklin County) (67)
Somerset (in Bristol County) (102)
Somerville (in Middlesex County) (354)
South Boston (in Suffolk County) (136)
South Chatham (in Barnstable County) (37)
South Deerfield (in Franklin County) (45)
South Dennis (in Barnstable County) (35)
South Easton (in Bristol County) (44)
South Egremont (in Berkshire County) (39)
South Hadley (in Hampshire County) (90)
South Hadley Falls (in Hampshire County) (44)
South Hamilton (in Essex County) (51)
South Lancaster (in Worcester County) (39)
South Worthington (in Hampshire County) (38)
South Yarmouth (in Barnstable County) (46)
Southampton (in Hampshire County) (68)
Southborough (in Worcester County) (109)
Southbridge (in Worcester County) (186)
Southwick (in Hampden County) (67)
Spencer (in Worcester County) (132)
Springfield (in Hampden County) (765)
Sterling (in Worcester County) (74)
Stockbridge (in Berkshire County) (121)
Stoneham (in Middlesex County) (128)
Stoughton (in Norfolk County) (138)
Stow (in Middlesex County) (110)
Sturbridge (in Worcester County) (112)
Sudbury (in Middlesex County) (141)
Sunderland (in Franklin County) (78)
Sutton (in Worcester County) (156)
Swampscott (in Essex County) (331)
Swansea (in Bristol County) (164)
Taunton (in Bristol County) (379)
Templeton (in Worcester County) (97)
Tewksbury (in Middlesex County) (151)
Thorndike (in Hampden County) (46)
Three Rivers (in Hampden County) (43)
Tisbury (in Dukes County) (127)
Tolland (in Hampden County) (61)
Topsfield (in Essex County) (181)
Townsend (in Middlesex County) (86)
Truro (in Barnstable County) (107)
Turners Falls (in Franklin County) (58)
Tyngsborough (in Middlesex County) (109)
Tyringham (in Berkshire County) (89)
Upton (in Worcester County) (91)
Uxbridge (in Worcester County) (127)
Vineyard Haven (in Dukes County) (61)
Wakefield (in Middlesex County) (396)
Wales (in Hampden County) (59)
Walpole (in Norfolk County) (135)
Waltham (in Middlesex County) (533)
Ware (in Hampshire County) (129)
Wareham (in Plymouth County) (105)
Warren (in Worcester County) (141)
Warwick (in Franklin County) (69)
Washington (in Berkshire County) (81)
Watertown (in Middlesex County) (327)
Wayland (in Middlesex County) (260)
Webster (in Worcester County) (115)
Wellesley (in Norfolk County) (118)
Wellesley Hills (in Norfolk County) (38)
Wellfleet (in Barnstable County) (96)
Wendell (in Franklin County) (74)
Wenham (in Essex County) (150)
West Barnstable (in Barnstable County) (39)
West Boylston (in Worcester County) (98)
West Bridgewater (in Plymouth County) (145)
West Brookfield (in Worcester County) (67)
West Cummington (in Hampshire County) (36)
West Granville (in Hampden County) (47)
West Newbury (in Essex County) (107)
West Newton (in Middlesex County) (41)
West Peabody (in Essex County) (50)
West Roxbury (in Suffolk County) (218)
West Springfield (in Hampden County) (143)
West Stockbridge (in Berkshire County) (92)
West Tisbury (in Dukes County) (58)
Westborough (in Worcester County) (184)
Westfield (in Hampden County) (288)
Westford (in Middlesex County) (226)
Westhampton (in Hampshire County) (248)
Westminster (in Worcester County) (126)
Weston (in Middlesex County) (146)
Westport (in Bristol County) (143)
Westwood (in Norfolk County) (54)
Weymouth (in Norfolk County) (447)
Whately (in Franklin County) (79)
Whitinsville (in Worcester County) (41)
Whitman (in Plymouth County) (84)
Wilbraham (in Hampden County) (128)
Williamsburg (in Hampshire County) (162)
Williamstown (in Berkshire County) (148)
Wilmington (in Middlesex County) (264)
Winchendon (in Worcester County) (116)
Winchester (in Middlesex County) (90)
Windsor (in Berkshire County) (84)
Winthrop (in Suffolk County) (189)
Woburn (in Middlesex County) (274)
Woods Hole (in Barnstable County) (40)
Worcester (in Worcester County) (775)
Woronoco (in Hampden County) (46)
Worthington (in Hampshire County) (81)
Wrentham (in Norfolk County) (106)
Yarmouth (in Barnstable County) (151)
Yarmouth Port (in Barnstable County) (37)

Overview of Massachusetts Genealogy Records

  • History: Massachusetts was first settled in 1620 and became a state in 1788.
  • Birth records: Some birth records were kept by the government starting as early as 1639, but they are incomplete. Statewide registration of births began in 1841. Birth records are kept by the individual towns. Birth records for 1926 and later can be obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics .
  • Marriage records: Some marriage records were kept by the government starting as early as 1639, but they are incomplete. Statewide registration of marriages began in 1841.  Marriage records are kept by the individual towns. Marriage records for 1926 and later can be obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics .
  • Death records: Some death records were kept by the government starting as early as 1639, but they are incomplete. Statewide registration of deaths began in 1841.  Death records are kept by the individual towns. Death records for 1926 and later can be obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics.
  • Divorce records: Early divorce records are found in various court records. Divorce records from 1798 to 1887 were kept by the Supreme Judicial Court in each county. Starting in 1887, the Superior Court for each county kept the records. Starting in 1922, the county probate courts have been keeping divorce records.
  • Census records: The first federal census available for Massachusetts is 1790. There are federal censuses publicly available for 1790, 1800 (partial), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, and 1950. There were state censuses taken in 1855 and 1865.
  • County records: Court, probate, land, naturalization, and tax records were kept by the individual counties.
  • Other records: Many cities and towns had newspapers, records kept by churches, cemeteries, histories, school, city directories, and other records that can be located on the city pages on this site. Records specific to minority groups can be found in the Minority Records section.
  • All records: Online indexes and images of many of the above records can be found by using the links on this site.
Back to Top