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 various archives and libraries in Massachusetts, including:
- Archdiocese of Boston Archives
Baptismal and marriage records up to 1930 for the Archdiocese of Boston
- Boston Public Library
Extensive newspaper collections for Massachusetts, obituary index to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald from 1953-2010, city directories
- Harvard University Libraries
Contains more than 375 years of life at Harvard from 17th and 18th century diaries and scientific observations to 21st century websites
- Massachusetts Registry of Vital Statistics
Birth, marriage and death records (1921 to present) and divorces (1952 to present)
- Massachusetts State Archives
Birth, marriage, and death records (1841-1920), history of Massachusetts from 1600, census schedules (1855-1865), Plymouth Colony wills and deeds, military records (1643 to 1775), naturalization records (1885-1931, divorces (1629-1921), probate records from 1630s, property deeds (1629-1800), passenger Lists (1848-1891), African-American and Native American records
- Massachusetts State Library
Vital records to 1850, city directories (1789-1981), tax records (1600s-1811), town reports from early 1800s, historical maps, Boston-area newspaper index (1878-1937).
- National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)
Naturalizations, passenger lists, customs records, military records, Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files, Freedmen's Bureau and Records, Dawes Commission Final Cards of the Five Civilized Tribes and Eastern Cherokee Applications
- New England Historical Genealogical Society
One of leading research centers in the United States for genealogists of every skill level. Houses millions of documents, manuscripts, records, books, microfilms, photographs, artifacts, electronic resources, and other items
- W. E. B. Dubois Library
3.6 million books, 80,000 online journals. 700,000 e-books, 200 databases. Includes church records, city and business directories, New England probate records from 1635, Mayflower records from 1620, New England land records and tax records (1771-1861), photographs, State records (1630-1799)
We also have genealogists that are available to research in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which contains numerous records for the state of Massachusetts.
We also have Boston genealogists.
Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.
If you want to know more about how our genealogists can further your research, you can request a research quote.
Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Massachusetts include:
- Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1639
- Birth, marriage, and death records have been recorded by the state government from 1841 to the present
- Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1790; state census records were recorded in 1855 and 1865
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Probate records were kept by the local courts from 1692 to the present
- Churches sometimes kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods which contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Town and county histories were written that record information about the settlers and their families; many family genealogies of the settlers of Massachusetts have also been written
- Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts as early as 1790
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas