Massachusetts Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—Massachusetts

Explore research in Massachusetts.


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Goal 1: Learn about Massachusetts research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Massachusetts ancestors.

  1. Learn about basic Massachusetts research strategies.
    FS—Basic Massachusetts Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Massachusetts research on Ancestry.
    AC—Massachusetts Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Massachusetts research.
    AC—Massachusetts State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Read this Guide to Massachusetts research from American Ancestors..
    AA—Massachusetts Guide
  5. Use the Massachusetts Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Massachusetts Record Selection Table


Goal 2: Learn about Massachusetts archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Massachusetts archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Massachusetts archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Massachusetts Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Massachusetts state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Massachusetts.
  4. Explore Massachusetts State Archives collection.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for Massachusetts genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.

B. Learn about Massachusetts city directories.

  1. Learn about Massachusetts city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Directories
  2. Explore Massachusetts city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Massachusetts city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Massachusette historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about Massachusetts vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Massachusetts vital records.

  1. Learn about Massachusetts vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Massachusetts Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Massachusetts Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Massachusetts vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Massachusetts birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Massachusetts birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.

B. Explore Massachusetts marriage and death records.

  1. Explore links for Massachusetts marriage records.
  2. Learn about Massachusetts obituaries in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Obituaries
  3. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Massachusetts death records.
  4. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Massachusetts obituaries.
  5. Explore Massachusetts death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C. Explore Massachusetts census and voter records.

  1. Get an overview of Massachusetts censuses in this article.
    FS—Massachusetts Census
  2. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Massachusetts state and county census records.
  3. Explore Massachusetts census records on the AccessGenealogy site.


Goal 4: Learn about Massachusetts church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Massachusetts church records.

  1. Get an overview of Massachusetts church records in this article.
    FS—Massachusetts Church Records
  2. Learn about Massachusetts church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Massachusetts Church Records

B. Explore Massachusetts cemetery records.

  1. Explore Massachusetts cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Massachusetts Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Massachusetts cemetery records.
  3. Search for Massachusetts cemetery records online.
  4. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  5. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  6. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.


Goal 5: Learn about Massachusetts emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Massachusetts emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about Massachusetts emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Massachusetts migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Migration


Goal 6: Learn about Massachusetts military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Massachusetts military records.

  1. Get an introduction to Massachusetts military records.
    Massachusetts Military Records
  2. Learn about Massachusetts military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Military Records
  3. Explore Massachusetts military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Massachusetts probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Massachusetts probate, land and court records.

  1. Learn about Massachusetts probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Massachusetts Probate Records
  2. Learn about Massachusetts land and property records.
    FS—Massachusetts Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Massachusetts land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Massachusetts Land Records

B. Learn about Massachusetts court records.

  1. Learn about Massachusetts court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Court Records
  2. Learn about Massachusetts court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Massachusetts Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Massachusetts maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Massachusetts maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Massachusetts maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Maps
  2. Learn about Massachusetts maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Massachusetts Maps
  3. Learn about Massachusetts gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Gazetteers

B. Explore Massachusetts maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Massachusetts maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Massachusetts.
  3. Explore historical Massachusetts maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Massachusetts maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Massachusetts newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Massachusetts newspapers.

  1. Learn about Massachusetts newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Newspapers
  2. Learn about Massachusetts newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Massachusetts Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Massachusetts newspapers.

  1. Search for Massachusetts historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Massachusetts newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Massachusetts newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Massachusetts newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Massachusetts newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Massachusetts research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 11: Search records from Massachusetts.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Massachusetts County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Massachusetts.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Massachusetts Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Massachusetts research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Massachusetts Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the New England Historical Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. Northeast Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Massachusetts.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Massachusetts research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Massachusetts research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Massachusetts research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Massachusetts research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Massachusetts research.

C. Learn about Massachusetts genealogy and historical societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Massachusetts in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Massachusetts Societies
  2. Explore the Massachusetts Historical Society site.
  3. Explore Massachusetts genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Massachusetts Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Barnstable    A    L Berkshire    A    L Bristol    A    L Dukes    A    L Essex    A    L Franklin    A    L
Hampden    A    L Hampshire    A    L Middlesex    A    L Nantucket    A    L Norfolk    A    L Plymouth    A    L
Suffolk    A    L Worcester    A    L