Research Guide - Massachusetts Archives


Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
617-727-2816
www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm

Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Select Saturdays: 9 am to 3 pm

Holdings (overview):

Massachusetts State Vital Records 1841-1915

Indexes for State Vital Records 1916 thru 1971

Passenger Lists for the Port of Boston 1848-1891 with a surname index

State Census returns of 1855 and 1865

Old Probate records:

  • Suffolk County to 1894
  • Middlesex County to 1871
  • Plymouth County to 1881
  • Essex County to 1840

Some Naturalization Applications for certain counties

See Researching Your Family's History at the Massachusetts Archives for a more comprehensive listing of what is available.

Use their Web site to plan your work:

Home Page - www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm
Researching Family History - www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcgen/genidx.htm
Searchable Collections - www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/SearchWelcome.html
Research Services - www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcres/residx.htm
Hours and Directions - www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm