Question: I found a reference to a series of maps from 1831. I understand that the Commonwealth had required that all communities had a map drawn, representing the homes and land owners. Does NEHGS have these maps, if not where can I find them.
Answer: The Maps and Plans collection from 1794 and 1830-31 are one of the most valuable collections at the Massachusetts State Archives. For the first time most communities are detailed with the locations of homes, churches, and factories. This series is on microfilm at the Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point in Dorchester, Massachusetts. You can find out more about the collection online at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccol/colidx.htm