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State of   MASSACHUSETTS -   (The Bay State)
      The 6th U.S. state to join the Union:   06-February-1788
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Assorted Groups  (Anthology, Cultural, Ethnic, & Religious):
    Native American Tribes of Massachusetts - Did you know the name "Massachusetts" is an
         Algonquian Indian word? It comes from the Wampanoag word Massachuset, which means "by
         the range of hills." The Wampanoag Indians were not the only native people of this region,

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Census & Lists of various kinds:
    Canadians Who Served - with Massachusetts Regiments During the American Civil War (a list).
    Civilian Conservation Corps - (CCC), Pictures, Mount Greyluck Reservation (1933 to 1935)
    Civil War Reserach Center - database of 150,000 servicemen who served with Massachusetts
         regiments duing the Civil War
    Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry - The Roster and Genealogy Project of the 15th
         Massachusetts online. The 1st Andrew Sharpshooters, Civil War -- history, biography, genealogy,
         photos of original members of the 15th.
    Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry - The 54th Company I; Portraying the experience of the
         African American soldier in the American Civil War in South Carolina


Extinct Massachusetts Counties:
  Please click here - (Counties we have listed),   (To list an extinct county, please contact us.)

Families and Surnames:
    "Salem Witch" Susannah Martin - Descendants


Genealogical/Historical Commissions, Societies and Museums:
  Please click here - (Counties we have listed),   (To list a local society, please contact us.)

Ghost Towns of Massachusetts - Numerous listings.

Historical interest Items, etc.:
    Plymouth Colony Archive Project - a collection of fully searchable texts, including: court records,
         colony laws, seventeenth century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans,
         maps, and fort plans; research and seminar analyses of numerous topics; biographical profiles of
         selected colonists; and architectural, archaeological and material culture studies. Among other
         works, published here for the first time are a Glossary and Notes on Plymouth Colony,
         Seventeenth Century Timber Framing, and Vernacular House Forms in Seventeenth Century
         Plymouth Colony: An Analysis of Evidence from the Plymouth Colony Room-by-Room Probate
         Inventories 1633-1685, by Patricia Scott Deetz and James Deetz.
— Partial Quote from website.
    Massachusetts Historical Markers - Multiple listings with a "close-up" of each.
    Salem Witch Museum - Salem's most visited museum.

Harvard University - The name Harvard comes from the college's first benefactor, the young
         minister John Harvard of Charlestown. Upon his death in 1638, he left half his estate to the
         institution established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay

Libraries & Newspapers:
    Andover-Harvard Theological Library - (Harvard Divinity School), Biographical and Genealogical
    Digital Commonwealth - This site provides access to photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings,
         and other materials of historical interest that have been digitized and made available by
         members of Digital Commonwealth, a statewide consortium of libraries, museums, archives, and
         historical societies from across Massachusetts (Massachusetts Collections Online).
    Publication Archive Index - Love old newspaper articles? Researching your family history? Have
         roots in Western Massachusetts? Then look no farther. Here are over 31,700 full text articles
         from the Greenfield (Mass.) Gazette & Courier, dating from January 1, 1870 to September,


Maps of Massachusetts - 1895 US Atlas.

Migrations to, from and through:
    Migration Records - Massachusetts Migration / Ship Passenger Lists


National Parks, Playgrounds, Recreational Areas etc.:
    Massachusetts - Massachusetts celebrates the American ideals of liberty and freedom through its
         history and cultural resources. Learn about African American history, significant historical figures
         of the political, architecture, and literary worlds. Make your way to the coast to explore the
         coastal natural resources, and the maritime, social, economic, and environmental history of the
    Historic Ipswich, Massachusetts - Home to artists, writers, performers and musicians, Ipswich is
         renowned for its natural and cultural heritage.


  • State of Massachusetts
  • State Capital City Boston   (Capital since 1630 - located in   Suffolk County)

    The State name:  Named after the Massachusetts Indians that lived in the Massachusetts Bay Region. Massachusetts means "large hill place."
    American History and Genealogy Proj.
    American Local History Network
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    County maps of Massachusetts
    Daughters of the American Revolution
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    State Archives (USGenWeb.)
    State Genealogy Forum
    State Genealogical Society
    State Historical Society
    State USGenWeb Site
    Symbols (Flag, Seal, etc.)
    Timeline (Historic)

    U.S.A. - General Information links page
    U.S.A. - Possessions & Territories

    Vital Records:
        Braintree, Massachusetts - Vital Records 1640-1793 (also see Norfolk County).
        Early birth records - 1744-1997, several counties listed (State of Massachsetts). The following
             searches can be performed: *Surname only, *Surname and First Name, *Any other
             combination of options. Note: Surname is required.
        Hampshire County - Ware township index to birth and death records for 1735-1829
             (also see Hampshire County).
        Suffolk County - The Boston Jewish Advocate Obituary Database (also see Suffolk County).


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