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Records for births in Dogtown, Massachusetts?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am research a family who lived in Dog Town, Massachusetts in the 1700's.  Is this community still existing, I live in Colorado and have never been to Massachusetts before to seek out my ancestral lands, etc.  Can you also tell me where the birth records in the 18th century are for this community?


Answer:  Dogtown is an abandoned settlement in Essex County, Massachusetts.  The location is between Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts.  The settlement began in the 1690's and continued until ca. 1830, when the last resident died. Though it is located between the two towns mentioned. The community of Rockport at that time had not ncorporated as a seperate town until 1840. Dogtown is a curious place now dotted with large glacial boulders inscribed in the 19th century by stone cutters.  There are also plenty of marked cellar holes.  You can easily search the vital records for Gloucester, Massachusetts online at

Posted by David Lambert at 12/22/2010 07:44:46 PM | 

If the location between Gloucester and Rockport don't pan out you might try Byfield, which is (or at least used to be) a Township of Newbury. Byfield was also referred to as Dogtown and is located southwest of Newburyport.
Posted by: rhfii ( Email ) at 12/23/2010 12:19 PM

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