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Massachusetts, United States Genealogy

Guide to Massachusetts ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Massachusetts Information

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts entered the Union on February 6, 1788, as the sixth state. Massachusetts was created from Province of Massachusetts Bay and is located in the New England region of the United States.[1] It is governed under its original constitution, which was adopted in 1780. Boston (also known as "The Hub" and "Beantown") became the capitol city of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632. It has served as the state capitol since 1780. Massachusetts has 14 counties. [2]

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Obsolete Jurisdictions of Massachusetts:  Cornwall (ME)  · Devonshire (ME)  · Dominion of New England Genealogy  · Dukes (NY)  · Maine  · Massachusetts Bay Colony Genealogy  · New Hampshire  · New Netherland Genealogy  · Norfolk (old)  · Plymouth Colony Genealogy  · Yorkshire (ME)

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Massachusetts" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 15 March 2016).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 09/18/2016.