Massachusetts Fast Facts and Key Resources

Massachusetts Fast Facts and Key Resources

Learn more about the Bay State.

Statehood: 1788

First federal census: 1790

State censuses: 1855,1865

State-land state

Statewide birth, marriage, and death records begin: 1841

Counties: 14

Contact for vital records:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics 150 Mount Vernon St., First Floor Dorchester, MA 02125 (617) 740-2600

<>: Click the Residents tab, Family, then Vital Records.

Web sites

1895 US Atlas: Massachusetts


Cyndi’s List: Massachusetts


The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633


Information and Historical Data on Cities, Towns and Counties


Mass Moments <>

Massachusetts Research Outline

<>: Click Guides, then Research Outline, and scroll to the Ms.

Massachusetts Society of Genealogists


New Bedford Free Public Library Whaling Collection Archives



Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 4th edition, by Marcia D. Melnyk (NEHGS)

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, 3 volumes, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn and Melinde Lutz Sanborn (NEHGS)

Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries by David Allen Lambert (NEHGS)

Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1800 and The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston, 1630-1822 by Annie Haven Thwing (NEHGS)

Massachusetts: A Concise History by Richard D. Brown and Jack Tager (University of Massachusetts Press)

Revolutionary Boston, Lexington, and Concord by Joseph L. Andrews Jr. (Commonwealth Editions)

Witches, Rakes and Rogues: True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder and Mayhem in Colonial Boston by D. Brenton Simons (Commonwealth Editions)

Organizations and Archives

Archdiocese of Boston

Attn: Archives, 2121 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135, (617) 746-5797, <>

Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St., Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, (617) 536-5400, <>

Connecticut Valley Historical Society Museum

220 State St., Springfield, MA 01103, (413) 263-6800, <>

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston

Box 610366, Newton, MA 02461, (617) 796-8522, <>

Massachusetts Archives

Columbia Point, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125, (617) 727-2816, <>

Massachusetts Historical Society

1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215, (617) 536-1608, <>

Massachusetts National Guard Museum

44 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609, (508) 797-0334, <>

NARA Northeast Region — Boston

Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452, (781) 663-0130, <>

NARA Northeast RegionPittsfield

10 Conte Drive, Pittsfield, MA 01201, (413) 236-3600, <>

New England Historic Genealogical Society

101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, (617) 536-5740, <>

 From the August 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine.