Massachusetts Family History Societies (Statewide)

This section lists the state-wide associations from Berkshire to New England Historic giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional Societies

Berkshire Family History Association

The organisation was organised in 1975. Many publications are available for sale, which include many publications relating to towns in Berkshire County, Cemetery Records and some books relating to Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York State, Rhode Island, Vermont. 

Numerous Genealogical and Historical books are sold by the organisation, including some relating to the United States and Canada and further afield, such as England and Wales. 

They also sell back issues of their publication, the Berkshire Genealogist, along with an index of persons mentioned.


Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society

Members have transcribed tombstones from some cemeteries, which include Ashby, Ashburnham, Baldwinville and Templeton, Hubbardston, Westminster, Phillipston and Royalston - South Royalston and these are available to purchase from the association.


Massachusetts Historical Society

The association was established in 1791. Numerous resources are accessible in their library located at 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215-3695, and it is possible to search this collection using their on-line catalogue. 

The papers of John Adams and John Quincy Adams along with the largest collection of the private papers of Thomas Jefferson are held by the society.

In addition they hold letters written by US Presidents from George Washington to George H W Bush. 

Many publications are available for sale, including:

  • The Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Declarations of Independence
  • We Fight For Freedom

Many books are published by the society, more details of which can be accessed on their site. 

The Adams Papers Editorial Project is hosted by the society.


Massachusetts Society of Genealogists

The association was established in 1975.  They have partnered with the FamilySearch Indexing Project and have indexed the 1940 Federal Census and Boston Passenger Lists 1820-1891 and are in the process of indexing Boston Passenger Lists 1891-1943. 

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.


New England Historic Genealogical Society

Many resources are accessible in their Library located at 99 Newbury Street, Boston. 

Numerous databases are also accessible, which incorporate:

  • 19th Century US Newspapers
  • African American Biographical Database
  • Historical Boston Globe 1872-1979

It is also possible to peruse an overview of the collections held at the Library on the site, which include Genealogical Journals and Periodicals,  Published Genealogies, Rare Books  and Local Histories and Records.  An on-line catalogue of resources is also available.

Research has been published by the organisation:

  • American Ancestors
  • American Ancestors Journal
  • Compiled Genealogies
  • Family Histories
  • Great Migration Study Project - a Study of New England Immigrants 1620-1640
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, their respected quarterly publication
  • Source Record Compilations

Many differing resources are sold in their on-line store, more details of which can be found on their site.

Discussion Boards are also on the site, where you can contact like-minded people.  There are some sections in this Board that relate to England and Wales.


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