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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Massachusetts
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Massachusetts brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Massachusetts —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
- a how-to article detailing Massachusetts' history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Massachusetts research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- Gradually, Bay Staters spread across New England and the rest of the country. An estimated quarter of the US population has Massachusetts roots.
- Use the Massachusetts and Maine Direct Tax List of 1798 to substitute for the incomplete 1800 federal census.
- As in other New England states, you'll find most Massachusetts records on the town level, not in county offices. Birth, marriage and death records date from the colony's founding.