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 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 association.


Massachusetts Historical Society

The association 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 on-line 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 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 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

The association 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 on-line catalogue of resources is also available.

They have 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 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.