Question: I am looking for my Holbrook family from Brockton, Massachusetts in the 1860's. Can you refer me to a good history of that community to help me?
Answer: The city of Brockton was not always known by that name. Until 1874 Brockton was North Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Bradford Kingman authored a good genealogy of families and history of the community in a volume at NEHGS. You will want to refer to:
History of North Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts : from its first settlement to the present time, with family registers. (Boston, 1866) Call # [F74.N812 K56 1866a].