Massachusetts residents who are interested in learning more about their family origins can do so by visiting the Massachusetts family history center near their neighborhood. These centers, which are branches of the Family History Center in Salt Lake City and operated by the Massachusetts LDS Churches, offer some of the best historic resources in the country. From microfilm and print publications that date back generations to the latest in computer software, you can discover your roots at the family history center near you. Each center operates according to its own set office hours, so call your location before visiting to be sure you can access the research you need.
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Family History Center of Massachusetts
12 Brigham Ln
Amherst, Massachusetts 01004
T 9-1, W-7-9PM,Th 9-3, Sat 10-2
Notes: 2 Fam Search computers and Reader-Printer available
Belmont Family History Center
Ledgewood Place off Rte 2
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478
Tues & Wed 7PM-9PM, 1st & 3rd Sat 9AM-1PM
Brewster Massachusetts Family History Center
94 Freemans Wy
Brewster, Massachusetts 02631
Call for hours
Cambridge Family History Center
4 Longfellow Park
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Wed 6PM-8PM, Thu 10AM-Noon, 2nd & 4th Sat 9AM-1PM
North Dartmouth Family History Center
400 Cross Rd
Darmouth, Massachusetts 02747
Every other Wednesday 10 AM to 2 PM Friday Evening 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM
Notes: We have over 100 Microfilms from different Islands in the Azores; the majority is from Sao Miguel, others from Madeira
Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
76 N Main St, Rte 140
Foxboro, Massachusetts 02035
T,W,Th 10-3, W,TH Eve 7-10, Sat 9-5
Notes: Ist and 4th T (members) 7-10
Hingham Massachusetts Family History Center
379 Gardner St
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043
Wed 6-9PM, Thurs & Sat 9AM-2PM
Notes: Phone is pay phone in hall outside FHC
400 Essex St
Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940
Wed 10-9, Thurs 10-4, 2nd & 4th Sat. 10-4
Notes: Limited summer hours - Call ahead on stormy days
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
150 Brown St
Weston, Massachusetts 02193
7PM-9PM Wed, 9AM-2PM Fri, & 10AM-2PM Sat.
Notes: Closed month of August, Thanksgiving Weekend, December 23 through January 2. Call ahead during inclement weather.
Worcester Family History Center
67 Chester St
Worcester, Massachusetts 01605
Tuesday 6-9pm Wednesday 10am-2pm & 6-9pm Thursday 6-9pm Saturday 10am - 2pm
Massachusetts Genealogy Resources
Massachusetts is the home of the New England Historical Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, two regional National Archives (Waltham and Pittsfield) and many other genealogical repositories that are treasured by researchers.
Researchers can access many early collections, 1629-1799, online at the Massachusetts Archives website. The indices to Vital Records for 1841-1910 and Passenger Manifests, 1848-1891, are also searchable at the Archives website.
Be sure to also check the Commonwealth Communities page that provides city and county research agencies that may hold registered vital records from the colonial period, beginning 1635.
American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEGHS)
99 - 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
New England Archives
Note: NEGHS is also the home of the American Jewish Historical Society
Secretary of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Health and Human Services
150 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695
Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants
150 Wood Road, Ste 103
Braintree, MA 02184-2511
National Archives & Records Administration
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02352
Note: NARA at Pittsfield, MA is a great place to begin your immigrants' naturalization record search. The NARA in Waltham, MA (outside Boston) holds the Civil War Provost Marshal Documents.
National Archives & Records Administration
Silvio O. Conte National Records Center
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201-8230
Massachusetts Genealogy Websites
UMAA Amherst Libraries - W.E.B. Du Bois Library resources (e.g., church records, cemetery records, Mayflower records, etc.)
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