Massachusetts Government records cover a broad range of genealogy subject areas that can help you as part of your research, such as land ownership, courts, taxes, and naturalization’s. Given that Massachusetts court records cover such a wide selection of topics, they could aid you in many different ways. As an example, they could aid you in finding ancestors’ residences, identify occupations, locate financial information, determine citizenship status, or shed light on relationships between individuals. The whole thing relies upon on the type of court records that the ancestors” names show up in. For Definitions of all court terms see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.

Massachusetts Courthouse records change extensively from county to county in both level of quality and volume. You will find different kinds of court records that are most likely to possess information related for your genealogical research below.


Massachusetts Court Records


Massachusetts Land Records

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Massachusetts Probate Records

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Massachusetts Tax Records

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Massachusetts Immigration & Naturalization Records

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Massachusetts County & City Government Links

Massachusetts contains 14 counties, with 39 cities and 312 towns. Massachusetts has abolished eight of its fourteen county government, leaving five counties with county-level local government which are Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Norfolk and Plymouth counties. See also Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates. The date in is the year the government waas abolished.

The links in the table below link to county and city government offices and is limited to government-maintained websites. If you know of a Massachusetts county that has an official government web site but is not linked, or if the link is in error, please contact us so we may edit our database. Massachusetts State Government is located in Boston.

State of Massachusetts County & City Government Links
CountyGovernment County SeatGovernment CountyGovernment County SeatGovernment
Barnstable Barnstable Hampshire (1999) Northampton
Berkshire (2000) Pittsfield Middlesex (1997) CambridgeLowell
Bristol Taunton Nantucket (1999) Nantucket
Dukes Edgartown Norfolk Dedham
Essex (1999) Salem & Lawrence Plymouth Plymouth & Brockton
Franklin (1997) Greenfield Suffolk (1999) Boston
Hampden (1998) Springfield Worcester (1998) Worcester