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Ask a Genealogist: Searching the Mass. Archives Collection

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Can I find these documents online or at NEHGS? understand there are some wonderful documents in a collection called "Massachusetts Archives Collection"? I have a series of volumes and pages to search for.

Answer:

NEHGS does not have copies of the documents, or the microfilm of the items from the Massachusetts Archives Collection. These are the many volumes of scrapbooks of Massachusetts documents 1629-1799. These volumes were created in the late 19th century of the loose papers, and various legal documents, petitions, and correspondence sent to the Commonwealth. The collection is at the Massachusetts State Archives. On the Archives website there is a partial index to the collection. There is a card index by surname, subject and placename at the Archives which is very useful. This link will bring you to the partial index online: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/RevolutionarySearchContects.html
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