Question: I recently located an an early reference to the history of my church. It appears that it may be from a record at the State Archives. This seemed to relate to a series of records on religious mattersto churches in the 18th century in Massachusetts?
Answer: I worked at the Massachusetts State Archives in the late 1980's and I recall the collection you mean. It is part of the Mass. Archives Collecton under "Ecclesiastical" covering 1637-1774 in five volumes.
Volume 10: Ecclesiastical, 1637-1679; Volume 11: Ecclesiastical, 1679-1739; Volume 12: Ecclesiastical, 1739-1749; Volume 13: Ecclesiastical, 1749-1756; Volume 14: Ecclesiastical, 1757-1774. There is a searchable index to these records on the Mass. State Archives website at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ArchivesSearch/RevolutionarySearch.aspx