Massachusetts Family History Societies (F-O)

This section lists county associations from Falmouth to Old Bridgewater giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Falmouth Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1985.  Its aims are to preserve and share family histories and to promote and encourage genealogical research amongst Barnstable County, MA residents, society members and anyone who has an interest in genealogy and family history.

A number of archives are available in Falmouth Public Library, among them CD-ROM's, microfilms, microfiche and many books, some of which relate to England and Wales. 

A full list of these resources is available on the site, which incorporate: 

  • 1850 Census for Cape Cod
  • Abstracts of Wills
  • Burial in Woods Hole: 1788-1968
  • Census Indexes
  • Emigration Records
  • Falmouth Vital Records 1668-1892
  • Genealogies
  • Genealogical notes of Cape Cod Families
  • Pedigrees
  • Vital Records

They are in the process of transcribing Burials and Gravestones from Cemeteries in Falmouth, Births 1920-1924, Marriages 1870-1930 and Deaths 1870-1970.


Framingham Historical Society

The aim of the society is to preserve and share the history of Framingham.

They have a History Centre where a comprehensive collection of archives is available, which include over 12000 artefacts, photographs and documents dating back to 1655.


Holliston Historical Society

The society was established in 1910, its aim being to preserve the history of Holliston.

They have a Library located on the Second Floor of Asa Whiting House, where a number of archives are accessible which incorporate:

  • Books
  • Genealogy Records for Local Families
  • Holliston First Parish (Congregational Church) records
  • News Clippings
  • Old Maps
  • Old Newspapers
  • Pictures
  • Private Papers
  • Street Directories
  • Vital Records

There is also an on-line catalogue of these resources.


Marblehead Museum and Historical Society

The association has an extensive Archives, which include Personal Papers, Journals, over 10000 Photographs and Genealogical Materials. 

They also hold the journals of Ashley Bowen who was a Marblehead Sailor and Carpenter in the Eighteenth Century.


Old Bridgewater Historical Society

The organisation was established in 1894.  A number of publications are available for sale, which include books regarding the Descendants of:

  • William Brett
  • Jonathan Copeland
  • Edward Fobes
  • Thomas Hayward
  • John Howard
  • John Keith
  • Jonathan Kingman
  • Experience Mitchell
  • Robert Waterman

Publications available for sale also incorporate:

  • Copy of the Earliest Known Map of New England
  • Early Records of Pine Hill Cemetery
  • Family History/Genealogy of the Edson Family
  • Map of Old Bridgewater
  • Map of the Bridgewaters from 1975