Our Massachusetts genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Massachusetts, as well as help you with special requests. Massachusetts was one of the first states to be settled and as such has a long and in-depth history to explore.
Massachusetts State Archives and Libraries
Our researchers are available to visit local archives and libraries to access unique record collections to help with your research. Below is a list of a few of the archives our Massachusetts researchers have access to.
National Archives at Boston (Waltham, Massachusetts)
The National Archives at Boston contain information not only for Massachusetts, but also records from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. These include: documents on military history such as War of 1812 fortifications and World War II research from Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, court records, and passenger arrival records for Boston and New England.
W. E. B. Dubois Library (Amherst, Massachusetts)
The W. E. B. Dubois Library is one of two libraries of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The library contains 3.6 million books, 80,000 online journals, 700,000 ebooks, and 200 databases. Their collections include church records and photographs. They also have city and business directories through 1860, with a selection of city directions dating from 1861 to the present. New England probate records held here date back to 1635. The W. E. B. Dubois Library also contains Mayflower records, dating from 1620. These Mayflower records include church and cemetery documents, histories, marriage and probate records, as well as society and town records. They also hold Mayflower passenger records. Their collection of New England land records and tax records comprise the period of 1771-1861.
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics in Massachusetts (Dorchester, Massachusetts)
The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics in Massachusetts contains marriage, death, and birth records from 1926 to the present, making it an excellent research site for vital records. The registry also contains a collection of divorce records from 1952 to the present. Massachusetts towns have kept vital records since 1635 and ourMassachusetts genealogists can determine where exactly you should search for your family history information.
American Antiquarian Society (Worchester, Massachusetts)
The American Antiquarian Society is well known for its collection of U.S newspapers, which contains over 18,000 volumes from 1704 to 1820. It also contains historical information on the Native American population as well as documents focusing on women. The former can be difficult for even expert genealogists to find in other locations.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Library (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1861, shortly before the start of the American Civil War. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Library is now home to over 3 million printed volumes. They also hold 60,000 databases and electronic journals.
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