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Massachusetts is one of the easiest states to research your family history because so many records have been kept since very early times.  Most of the early Massachusetts genealogical records have been published in written form for easy access by researchers, however it seems that very few of these records can be found free online.  More free census records are being added all the time.  Ancestry does offer a large collection of Massachusetts genealogy records online.

Federal Massachusetts Census Records are available to the public for census years: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930.  A portion of the 1800 Suffolk County census schedule is missing. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.

1890 Federal Massachusetts census records were completely destroyed in a 1921 warehouse fire, however the 1890 Massachusetts Veterans and Widows census schedules did survive the fire and can provide a helpful census substitute. See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census, Bridging the 1890 Census Gapand See 1890 Veterans Schedules at Ancestry.

Soundex Indexes for Massachusetts census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900, 1920.

Although a Massachusetts State Census enumeration was taken ever 10 years from 1845-1945, the 1855 & 1865 Massachusetts State Census records are the only state censuses for Massachusetts known to survive. See 1855 Massachusetts State Census and See 1865 Massachusetts State Census. Copies of these MA state census records may be ordered at Massachusetts Document Retrieval for a fee.

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Massachusetts

Vital Records

Registry of Vital Statistics

150 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Phone: (617) 740-2600

How to obtain certificates.

Massachusetts Births, deaths and marriages have been recorded since 1635, however statewide collection of vital records began in 1841.  The offices of the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records are open to the public for genealogical research.

The Massachusetts State Archives holds 1841-1920 vital records and provides an online index for MA Vital Records 1841-1910.

Prior to 1841, MA vital records will be found locally in the city or town where the event occurred.

Boston vital records are available since 1630 in the office of the Boston city registrar.

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1695-1910 Massachusetts Marriage Index

1795-1910 MA Deaths & Burials Index

1841-1915 Massachusetts Birth Records

1841-1915 Massachusetts Death Records

1841-1915 Massachusetts Marriages

1841-1920 MA State Vital Records

1970-2003 Massachusetts Death Index


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 Massachusetts

(Statehood: 1788)

Massachusetts is steeped in history.  Recorded as the landing place of the pilgrims, it becomes a place of fascination for most researchers who have learned about the historic events which occurred there at a very young age in history class.  The majority of initial immigrants were from England, followed a few years later by Italian, Polish, Russian and Portuguese families.  Town records were kept at a very early time and have been well preserved for future generations.


Statewide Massachusetts Census Records Online

 1790-1890 Massachusetts Census Records at Ancestry

 1790 Federal Census of the US at the U. S. Census Bureau

 1850 Federal Census Index

 1850 Federal Census Index and 1850 Census Images

 1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index and Images

 1855 Massachusetts State Census Records

 1860 Federal Census Index

 1865 Massachusetts State Census Records

 1870 Federal Census Index and 1870 Census Images

 1880 Federal Census - Search and View the images

 1880 Federal Census Search at Family Search

 1900 Federal Census Index and 1900 Census Images

 1910 Federal Census Index

 1920 Federal Census Index

 1930 Federal Census Index at Family Search

 1940 Federal Census Index and 1940 Census Images

 Massachusetts Statewide Databases of Census and Genealogy Records

 

Other MA Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes

 1840 Federal Census Pensioners

 


MA Census Records Online by County

Barnstable County (formed 1685 from New Plymouth Colony)

1790 Federal Census Index - Surnames A-H

1790 Federal Census Index - Surnames J-Y

1790 Federal Census Records

1790 Federal Census Transcription

1790 Federal Census Transcription of Truro

1790 Federal Census Transcription of Orleans

1800 Federal Census Transcription of Orleans

1810 Federal Census Transcription of Orleans

1820 Federal Census Transcription of Orleans

1920 Federal Census Index for Provincetown

1920 Federal Census Transcript for Provincetown


Berkshire County (formed 1760 from Hampshire)

1790 Federal Census Index - Surnames A-C

1790 Federal Census Index - Surnames D-H

1790 Federal Census Index - Surnames I-R

1790 Federal Census Index - Surnames S-Y

1790 Federal Census Transcription - Part 1

1790 Federal Census Transcription - Part 2

1790 Federal Census Transcription (Complete)

1790 Federal Census Transcription

1790 Federal Census Transcription at Ray's Place

1800-1881 Census of Cheshire

1800-1920 Census Record Indexes of New Ashford

1840 Census of Pensioners

1850 Federal Census of Sandisfield

1900 Federal Census Pages:   (partial)  Pages:
[1A-4A]   [4B-7B]   [8A-11A]   [11B-14B]   [15A-18A]
[18B-21B]   [22A-25B]   [26A-28B]   [29A-31B]   [32A-34B]
[35A-38A]   [38B-44B]   [45A-49B]   [50A-54B]   [55A-59B]
[60A-63B]   [64A-68B]   [69A-73B]   [74A-78B]   [79A-83B]
[84A-88B]   [89A-90B]   [91A-95B]   [96A-100B]   [101A-105B]
[106A-110B]   [111A-114B]   [115A-117B]   [ 118B-121A]
[121B-124A]   [124B-127A]   [127B-128A]

1900 Federal Census Index of Dalton Town and Dalton Twp.

1900 Federal Census of Dalton Town and Dalton Twp - Pages 163A-164B

1900 Federal Census of Dalton Town and Dalton Twp - Pages 165A-170B

1900 Federal Census ED 20-26

1900 Federal Census ED 20-26

Another 1900 Federal Census Transcription (partial)

1920 Federal Census Index for Alford Town

1920 Federal Census Records for Alford Town

Other Records

Early Vital Records - Large amount of data

Early Vital Records of Great Barrington

Early Vital Records of Sheffield

Early Vital Records of Stockbridge

Pre1850 Birth Records for Peru

Pre1850 Death Records for Peru

1856-1861 Militia Records for Washington

1859-1861 Births at Lanesboro

1898 Drury High School Yearbook Index

1900 Jurors List for Pittsfield

1906 Class of Williams College


Bristol County (formed 1685 from New Plymouth Colony)

1675 Householders in Taunton

1790 Federal Census Index with Census Records

1790 Federal Census Transcription

1800 Federal Census Transcription

1850 Federal Census Index  (complete)

1860 Federal Census Index  (complete)

1860 Federal Census Index of Freetown - Surnames A-Q

1860 Federal Census Index of Freetown - Surnames R-Z

1860 Federal Census Transcription of Freetown - Pages 653-659

1860 Federal Census Transcription of Freetown - Pages 670-686

1860 Federal Census Transcription of Freetown - Pages 687-692

1880 Federal Census of Taunton Alms House on Norton Ave.

1880 Federal Census of Easton Alms House

Other Records

1659 Tax Rate List for Taunton

1908 City Directory of Taunton located here.


Dukes County (formed 1695 - read about this subject)

1790 Federal Census Index

1790 Federal Census Records

1790 Federal Census Transcription

1840 Census of Pensioners

1850 Federal Census Index

1890 Federal Census - Veterans and Widows Schedule

1930 Federal Census Index (partial)

1930 Federal Census Records  (partial)

Other Records

1835 Pensioners

1883 Pensioners

 

    Chilmark:    

1790 Federal Census of Chilmark

1850 Federal Census Records of Chilmark

1880 Federal Census Index of Names for Chilmark

1880 Federal Census of Chilmark including Gay Head & Noman's Land

1910 Federal Census Index

1910 Federal Census Transcription

1920 Federal Census Index for Chilmark, Gay Head, & Gosnold Town

1920 Federal Census Transcript for Chilmark

Other Records

1907 Residents Directory

Soldier Lists of Vineyard

 

    Edgartown:    

1790 Federal Census of Edgartown

1850 Federal Census Transcription of Edgartown

1880 Federal Census Index of Names for Edgartown

1880 Federal Census Transcription of Edgartown

1910 Federal Census Index

1910 Federal Census Transcription

Other Records

1907 Directory of Oak Bluffs

 

    Gay Head:    

1860 Indian Census Records for Gay Head (Aquinnah)

1900 Federal Census Index for Gay Head Town & Gosnold Town

1900 Federal Census Records for Gay Head Town

1920 Federal Census Index for Chilmark, Gay Head, & Gosnold Town

1920 Federal Census Transcript for Gay Head

Other Records

1907 Residents Directory

 

    Gosnold:    

1900 Federal Census Index for Gay Head Town & Gosnold Town

1900 Federal Census Records for Gosnold Town

1920 Federal Census Index for Chilmark, Gay Head, & Gosnold Town

1920 Federal Census Transcript for Gosnold Town

 

    Oak Bluffs:    

Other Records

1907 Residents Directory

 

    Tisbury:    

1790 Indexed Federal Census Transcription

1790 Unindexed Federal Census Transcription

1790 Federal Census of Tisbury

1800 Indexed Federal Census of Tisbury

1800 Unindexed Federal Census of Tisbury

1830 Federal Census Transcription of Tisbury

1850 Federal Census Transcription of Tisbury

1860 Federal Census Index of Tisbury

1865 State Census of Tisbury - Indexed

1865 State Census of Tisbury - Unindexed

1910 Federal Census Index of Tisbury

1910 Federal Census Transcription of Tisbury

Other Records

Death Records for Tisbury

1771 Indexed Tax List of Tisbury

1771 Unindexed Tax List of Tisbury

1844-1920 Birth Records

Pre1850 Death Records

1850-1892 Name Changes

1862 Draft List

1897 Directory of Vineyard Haven and Tisbury

1907 Directory of Vineyard Haven and Tisbury

1901-1912 Death Register Images

1917-1918 School Registers of Tisbury

1918-1919 School Registers of Tisbury

1920-1960 Death Records Index

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Census Finder Index

Counties:

Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes

Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire

Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester

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