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HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The database provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.
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A service of New England Historic Genealogical Society
Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the country’s leading resource for family history research. We help genealogists of all skill levels improve their knowledge and understanding of their family and its place in history. We provide our award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org, as the online repository for more than 1.4 billion searchable names from America and beyond. Although our name says New England, we provide expertise and research across American family history.
Massachusetts Archives Division
The Massachusetts Archives holds the official records created by Massachusetts state government. Holdings are organized by agency and date from 1629 to the present.
Research vital records from years 1841 to 1925, research your family's history, and contact state archivists with specific questions!
State Library of Massachusetts
The State Library houses a specialized collection of books and other items that focuses on Massachusetts state and municipal publications and histories, legislative research materials, and other law volumes. Much of the Library’s efforts in the past decade have been centered on providing electronic access to historical and contemporary state documents and digitizing older Massachusetts-related materials.
MA Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
A division of the MA Department of Public Health
The Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS) administers and issues copies of vital records that occurred in Massachusetts from 1926 to the present. RVRS also provides statistics on births, deaths, fetal deaths, divorces, and marriages.
Town Records of Barnstable County
Years 1640 - 1920
Vital Records transcribed from Town Reports of the towns of Barnstable County, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
This is a FREE public project initiated by the Harwich Historical Society under the auspices of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society. Our host is Plymouth Colony where you will find links to other Barnstable County genealogical resources as well as access to records of those people who settled on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Genealogical Society
The Cape Cod Genealogical Society acquires, catalogs, and preserves genealogical and historical information, emphasizing but not limited to Cape Cod.
The Society gathers and disseminates genealogical and historical information through a collection of diverse activities including monthly meetings and workshops throughout the year. Speakers from the Society, as well as invited nationally-known experts, present subjects related to genealogy and historical events.