Basic Guides to Massachusetts Research
Books you might purchase or use in a library include
- Audiotapes of lectures taped at genealogy conferences with the word "Massachusetts" in the title.
Each of the three reference books listed below has a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state. (note: some libraries may have earleir editions; those are usable)
- Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library)
- Ancestry's Redbook, 3rd ed, revised. (find in a library) (see above for online copy)
- The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research (find in a library)
Statewide sites of Interest
Next, see what is available for your counties of interest at at one of these statewide sites. For each, use the county selection list to find out what is available for the various counties. Content will vary, but in usually you wil find the GenWeb site to be the most robust. All are volunteer driven sites; all data free, but as time goes by, the upkeep of many of these sites seems to be falling by the wayside.
Websites of Libraries, Archives and Societies
Use the place name search of the Family History Library catalog a to find out what has been filmed covering the state, counties and towns of Massachusetts
Remember: In New England states records at the town level are especially important.
Bible, Diaries and Family Papers : For general information, see Guide to Bible Records, this website
Cemetery: For general informaton, see Guide to Cemetery records, this website
Census: For general inforamtion, see guide to census records, this website.
Church: For general information, see Guide to Church Records, this website.
City and County Directories: For general information, see guide to City and County directories, this website.
County and Local Histories: For general informaton, see guide to county histories, this website
Court & Legal; For general information, see guide to law libraries, this website
Land & Property: For general information, see guide to land records, this website.
Military; For general inforamtion, see guide to military records, this website
Naturalizations; For general informaton, see guide to naturalizations, this website
Newspapers: For general information, see guide to newspapers, this website
Probate: For general inforamton, see guide to probate records, this website
Vital: For general information, see Guide to Vital Records, this website.
Queries & Help
- Check the Massachsetts Genweb county pages for look up volunteers in that county.
- Random Acts of Genealogical Kindnes: Massachusetts -- please read their guidelines if this is your first request.
- Genealogy.com Gen Forum Boards -- all state only.
- Ancestry/Rootsweb message boards -- there is one for the full state and one for each county.
Cyndi's List Massachusetts Page
* Linkpendium Massachusetts Links
Ancestors Massachusetts Resource Guide
* Rootsweb: Massachusetts
* Genealink's Massachusetts Page
* Access Genealogy's List of Massachusetts Links
* Genealogy Today's State Gen Site: Massachusetts