Massachusetts Family History Societies (A-E)

This section lists county associations from Bedford to Essex giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County Societies

Bedford Historical Society

The association was established in 1893, sharing and collecting the stories of the history of Bedford and its residents.  They have many artefacts, memorabilia and photographs.  Some documents in their collection date back to 1651, their photograph collection dating back to the mid-1800s.

They have a number of collections, which include:

  • Bedford Historical Society Records
  • Bedford History Resources
  • Davis and Fitch Family Papers
  • Kidder and Rolf Family Papers
  • Lane Family Papers dating from the 1650s to the 1790s
  • Map Collections
  • Papers of Clara Bollard Blinn

In addition, they have a number of books relating to Bedford County.


Beverly Historical Society

The association was established in 1891.  They have a vast number of archives, 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. 

In addition they have other books, manuscripts, maps and photographs relating to the history of Beverly and the North Shore of Massachusetts.


Boylston Historical Society and Museum

The association has a number of archives, which include the genealogies of:

  • Ball
  • Bannister(Banister)
  • Hinds
  • Kendall Family
  • Temples

Their resources also incorporate:

  • Back Issues of their Newsletter
  • Boylston Births, Marriages and Deaths to 1850
  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Papers of George L Wright


Cape Cod Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1971.  They have a Library where an extensive number of archives 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
  • Census Records
  • Histories of towns on Cape Cod and other areas of Massachusetts
  • Mayflower Families
  • Tax Lists

An on-line 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 their quarterly publication. 

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


Essex Society of Genealogists

The association was established in 1975 and was originally a chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, becoming an independent organisation in 1981. 

A number of publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Books relating to Essex Co. Research
  • Early Lynn Families which include Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott
  • Essex County Cemetery Guide
  • History of Salem's Church With the Lighted Steeple 1735-2007

This publication contains the types of records available and their locations for towns in the area.  They also sell back issues of The Essex Genealogist for 2008-2010. 

Some publications are available through Willow Bend Books, which include County Deeds 1639-1678 and Back Issues of The Essex Genealogist on CD.