Question: I will be visiting NEHGS and the Massachusetts area later next month. Can you advise me how I can track down probate and deeds in 18th and 19th century South Braintree later Randolph, Massachusetts?
At NEHGS we can assist you with the probate and deeds in Randolph and South Braintree before 1793 when the land was part of Suffolk County. At the same year Randolph was incorporated as a town (in 1793) from the south precinct of Braintree, there was the split between Suffolk and Norfolk Counties. We do have probate record books on microfilm for Norfolk County at NEHGS after 1793, however we do not have land deeds for Randolph after 1793. These deeds are available at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Dedham, Mass. http://www.norfolkdeeds.org/ You can search some of the Norfolk County Deeds for free online, and browse others by volume and page at the following website: http://www.norfolkresearch.org/ALIS/WW400R.HTM You may also wish to search some of the databases we have on Americanancestors.org for Braintree and Randolph for vital records and church records.