Massachusetts Family History Societies (O-Q)

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

Old Colony Historical Society

The Plymouth Colony was New England's first British Settlement and is to what the Old Colony refers.  This Colony is now the Counties of Bristol, Barnstable and Plymouth. The association was established in 1853 and specialises in the city of Taunton and surrounding towns. 

They have a Library where a number of archives are available, which include Genealogical information regarding families from South-eastern Massachusetts before 1850, over 700 volumes in their non-circulating Library and over 12000 images.

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

  • A History of Taunton
  • Heirloom Genealogical Charts
  • Lincoln's Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and his Presidency
  • Wish You Were Here: A Picture Postcard History of Taunton

Orleans Historical Society

The association was established in 1958, its aims being to preserve the heritage of Orleans and to make its history publicly available.

Their archives include a large collection of photographs and an Orleans Cemetery Inventory which is a transcript of Burials and Gravestones. 

They also have records regarding the War of 1812, Lectures and Presentations on DVD and Oral Histories.  


Peabody Historical Society and Museum

The association was established in 1896, and is dedicated to preserving, studying and enjoying the heritage of Peabody.  They have a Library called Ruth Hill Library and Archives which is located in Osborne-Salata House.  A number of archives, covering over 300 years, are accessible, which include:

  • Directories
  • Genealogical Materials
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Vital Records

They also have a big collection of china, textiles, furniture and fine and decorative arts.


Quincy Historical Society

The society was established in 1893 and is dedicated to promoting and preserving the history of Quincy.  Their Museum can take you back over 400 years of America's history. 

They also have a Research and Reference Library where a number of archives are available, which include:

  • Audio and Moving-Image Recordings
  • Books
  • Images
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Pamphlets

Their collections include Adams Family Ephemera, the Quincy Granite Industry, Quincy Shipbuilding and Genealogy.   They also have many other historical archives and artefacts.

Guides available on the site include Residents, Immigrants and Heritage in Quincy and Quincy's Historic Hancock Cemetery.