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Online Records[edit | edit source]

Many records from the colonial era in New England were kept at the town or county level. Search the catalog at the town or county level to locate those records.

History[edit | edit source]

The Plymouth Colony in 1620 and the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 were the first permanent European settlements. The Bay Colony originally included parts of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Southern Maine.[1]

Earliest Church Records Earliest Land Records Earliest Court Records Earliest Newspapers
1620 1620 1620 1704

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Resources[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Manuscript Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield Public Library. Massachusetts family history files, 1550-1990.
  • Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Elmer I. Shepard Collection: Massachusetts family group records, 1550-1900. Partially digitized but not indexed.
  • The Judd Manuscript Collection, 1625-1850at the Forbes Public Library in Northamption.
  • Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants: The Bowman Files by George Ernest Bowman. (Boston: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1983).
  • Rollin H. Cooke Collections. A series of town records. Some of these records have been digitized on FamilySearch, and can be found by searching for the town of interest in the library catalog.
  • Walter E. Corbin Manuscript Collection at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. Digitized but not indexed.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 243. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998
  2. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 183, 192. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998