Massachusetts Genealogy & LDS Family History Centers

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.

If you have any questions or comments about family history centers, please send a message to [email protected].

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
(617) 484-9744
Tues & Wed 7PM-9PM, 1st & 3rd Sat 9AM-1PM

Brewster Massachusetts Family History Center
94 Freemans Wy
Brewster, Massachusetts 02631
(508) 896-9863
Call for hours

Cambridge Family History Center
4 Longfellow Park
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(617) 491-4749
Wed 6PM-8PM, Thu 10AM-Noon, 2nd & 4th Sat 9AM-1PM

North Dartmouth Family History Center
400 Cross Rd
Darmouth, Massachusetts 02747
(508) 994-8215
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
(508) 543-0298
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
(617) 749-9835
Wed 6-9PM, Thurs & Sat 9AM-2PM
Notes: Phone is pay phone in hall outside FHC

Lynnfield FHC
400 Essex St
Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940
(781) 334-5586
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
(781) 235-2164
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
(508) 852-7000
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
(888) 296-3447

New England Archives
(617) 226-1245
Note: NEGHS is also the home of the American Jewish Historical Society

Massachusetts Archives
Secretary of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 727-2816

Health and Human Services
Genealogical Research
150 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
(617) 740-2600

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

Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants
150 Wood Road, Ste 103
Braintree, MA 02184-2511
(781) 535-6159

National Archives & Records Administration
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02352
(781) 663-0126
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
(413) 236-3600

Massachusetts Genealogy Websites

Cyndi's List - Massachusetts

Family Search Wiki - Massachusetts

State Formation Map

Cape Cod Genealogical Society

UMAA Amherst Libraries - W.E.B. Du Bois Library resources (e.g., church records, cemetery records, Mayflower records, etc.)

Massachusetts Record Collections

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