Family History Societies are often for a specific area or areas.
Joining one of these could put you in touch with people who share the same interest as you. You can get help finding your ancestors, and help others in return. There are many different Societies to choose from, each area usually having at least one Society.
Some Societies list their resources on their website. There is also usually a list of events on the site, which includes details of talks given by specialists in their field. Some Societies also offer publications, CD-ROMs and microfiche for sale and these are often only obtainable from the specific Society.
Statewide and Regional Societies
Berkshire Family History Association
Berkshire Family History Association was organised in 1975. A number of 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.
A number of Genealogical and Historical books are also for sale, which include 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 Society.
Massachusetts Historical Society
The Society was established in 1791. They have a Library located at 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215-3695 where an extensive number of resources are accessible and it is possible to search this collection using their online catalogue. They also hold the papers of John Adams and John Quincy Adams along with the largest collection of the private papers of Thomas Jefferson. In addition they hold letters written by US Presidents from George Washington to George H W Bush.
A number of publications are also available for sale, which include The Battle of Bunker Hill, Declarations of Independence, Massachusetts Paper Money and We Fight For Freedom. They also publish many books, more details of which are available on their site. They also host the Adams Papers Editorial Project.
Massachusetts Society of Genealogists
The organisation was established in 1975. The Society has partnered with the FamilySearch Indexing Project and has indexed the 1940 Federal Census and Boston Passenger Lists 1820-1891 and is 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
The Society has a Library located at 99 Newbury Street, Boston where an extensive collection of resources are accessible. A number of databases are also accessible, which include 19th Century US Newspapers, African American Biographical Database and 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 online catalogue of resources is also available.
The Society has published research from the Great Migration Study Project - a Study of New England Immigrants 1620-1640, Source Record Compilations, Family Histories and Compiled Genealogies. They also publish American Ancestors, the American Ancestors Journal and The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, their respected quarterly publication. They also sell a vast number of differing resources in their online 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.
Bedford Historical Society
The organisation was established in 1893. They have a number of collections, which include Papers of Clara Bollard Blinn and the Family Papers of Bacon, Davis, Hartwell, Lane and Reed-Gragg-Stiles. They also have Map Collections, Photograph Collections, Bedford Historical Society Records and Bedford History Resources. They also have a number of books relating to Bedford County and a large collection of vintage photographs.
Beverly Historical Society
The organisation was established in 1891. They have a vast number of resources, which include Genealogical Material related to Beverly's Earliest Settlers. They also have the Papers of William Bartlatt who was the First Naval Agent under General George Washington and Josiah Batchelder who was a member of the General Court, Provincial Congress and the first district surveyor and inspector of the port. They also have other books, manuscripts, maps and photographs relating to the history of Beverly and the North Shore of Massachusetts.
Society and Museum
The Society has a number of resources, which include The Genealogies of Bannister(Banister), Hinds, William Dunsmoor, Keyes and Knowlton with related Families and the Kendall Family. They also have Cemetery Transcriptions, Boylston Births to 1850, Boylston Marriages to 1850, Papers of George L Wright and Back Issues of their Newsletter.
Cape Cod Genealogical Society
The organisation was established in 1971. They have a Library where an extensive number of resources are accessible, which include the Searchable Index of the CCGS Bulletin 1975-2010. They also have a large Book Collection, which covers Biographies, Cemetery Records, Mayflower Families, Census Records, Tax Lists and Histories of towns on Cape Cod and other areas of Massachusetts. An online Catalogue of these records is also available.
A number of publications are available for sale, which include Cape Cod and Islands Genealogical Resources and Back Issues of The Bulletin which was the Society's quarterly publication. A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.
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