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"Boston in 1880. Showing All Ground Occupied by Buildings." From Report on the Social Statistics of Cities, Compiled by George E. Waring, Jr., United States. Census Office, Part I, 1886.

Day Trip to the Massachusetts State Archives

Research Tour
In Person
June 3, 2022 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Massachusetts State Archives, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA

Join American Ancestors/NEHGS experts at the Massachusetts State Archives for a day of genealogical research! The Massachusetts Archives holds the official records created by Massachusetts state government. Holdings are organized by agency and date from 1629 to the present. 

Along with records reflecting the structure of state government and special colonial and early state materials prior to 1800, Massachusetts Archives also holds  number of record groups that are helpful in family history research including;

  • Vital statistic records (Massachusetts births, deaths and marriages from 1841-1925)
  • Census records
  • Federal: Microfilm 1790-1880, 1890
  • State: 1855, 1865
  • Passenger Lists for the port of Boston, 1848-1891
  • Military Records
  • Probate records in the Probate and Divorce Judicial Court records
  • Naturalization (citizenship) records
  • Divorce records in the Probate and Divorce Judicial Court records
  • Adoption records
  • Documents about Native Americans
  • Records from prisons and state institutions

This program includes

  • 1-hour virtual consultation viz Zoom, scheduled prior to the day trip
  • Tour and Orientation by Massachusetts State Archives staff
  • Lunch
  • Research assistance by American Ancestors/NEHGS experts while at the repository

Note: registration does not include transportation to or from the repository.


Friday, June 3

9:00 a.m.: Welcome and Orientation by Massachusetts State Archives staff
9:30 a.m.: Tour by Massachusetts State Archives staff
10:00 a.m.: Personal Research
12:00 p.m.: Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m.: Personal Research
4:30 p.m.: Massachusetts State Archives closes

Massachusetts State Archives

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