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State Resources — Massachusetts

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth, marriage, and death records since 1906, and a divorce index since 1952. For earlier records, write to The Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125 (617) 727-2816.

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

Call (617) 740-2600 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street, 1st floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
For divorce records, certified copies are not available from State office. Contact the Registrar of Probate Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have state census records from 1855-1870, federal census records from 1790-1910, maps, land records, probate records, court records, tax records, cemetery records, church records, military records, and birth, death, and marriage records from 1840 to 1905.

Call (617) 727-2816. Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, Saturday 9:00-3:00, closed Sunday and all state holidays.
Write to:
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Massachusetts Genealogical Council
PO Box 5393, Dept. AM
Cochituate, MA 01778-5393
Telephone: (781) 209-8861

  Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695
Telephone: (617) 536-1608

  Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. (MSOG)
P.O. Box 215
Ashland, MA 01721-0215
Web site: Massachusetts Society of Genealogists

Publications: Massog: A genealogical magazine for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Local Chapters:

  Bristol County Chapter

34 Chicopee Street
New Bedford, MA 02745

  Hampden Chapter

25 Edison Drive
Ludlow, MA 01056

  Middlesex Chapter

244 Flanders Road
Westborough, MA 01581
Publication: The News Mix

  Worcester Chapter 27 Brigham Hill Road
Grafton, MA 01519
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