This is a list of free Massachusetts Genealogy Records.


Some of these records have a searchable name index, others have browsable images, a few have both an index and images, and some link to individuals in the FamilySearch family tree.


This list prioritizes indexed collections, but if you can’t find your Massachusetts ancestor there, the list includes online image collections which take longer to search, but are a treasure trove of information.


Included are Massachusetts birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, former slave records, freedmen records, pension records, military records and more. We’ll continue to add more Massachusetts collections available online at FamilySearch. If you’re looking for onsite collections, visit their website & catalog.


These collections are all free to search. You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search these records. It’s easy to register for a free account at FamilySearch.



How to View the Collections

  1. Some links take you straight to the collection.

  2. Other links take you to a catalog description page where you will have to select the link.

    • Look for a camera icon and select that icon

    • or look for red print and select “here”

  3. In a few cases, the collection may be in queue to be digitized and you’ll need to check back at a later date.





Massachusetts Birth Records




Massachusetts Marriage Records

Marriage records may include:

  • Date and place of registration
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full names of bride and groom
  • Ages of the bride and groom
  • Residence of each at the time of marriage
  • Occupation(s) of the bride and groom
  • Place of birth
  • Number of marriages (in later records)
  • Names of parents
  • Name, residence, and official status of the person by whom married
  • and more





Massachusetts Death Records

Death records may include:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  • Marital status
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
  • Race
  • Occupation
  • Burial date and place
  • and more


Probate records may include:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as a spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. A will was usually written near the time of death.)
  • and more












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Massachusetts Residence Records


Census Records


Emigration & Migration


Colonial period


Land Records


Maps & Alamanacs & Gazetteers


Merchant Marine


Naturalization & Citizenship






Wills & Probate





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Massachusetts Daily Life Records


Bible Records






Buildings & Dwellings


Business Records & Commerce




Church History


Compiled Genealogies


Court Records


Description & Travel




Employment Records


Encyclopedias & Dictionaries


Ethnic Records

African American Records


Native American Records


German American Records


Italian American Records


Japanese American Records




Government & Politics










History – Colonial, ca. 1600-1775


History – Inventories, registers, catalogs


History – King Philip’s War, 1675-1676


History – New Plymouth, 1620-1691


Law & Legislation


Libraries, Museums, & Archives


Library/Archives Inventories, catalogs, etc




Names & Surnames




Officials & Employees




Passenger & Crew Lists




Public Records


Magazines & Periodicals


Slavery & Bondage




Prisons/Prisoners Records







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Massachusetts Military Records


Colonial Period

United States, Massachusetts – Military records – Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 ( 4 )

Massachusetts State Archives collection, colonial and post colonial period 1626-1806

Members of Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

Members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in the colonial period

Membership roll of Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, 1637-1744, Massachusetts Bay Colony

French and Indian War, 1755-1763


Revolutionary War


War of 1812


Mexican-American War, 1846-1848


US Civil War


Civil War History


Civil War Regimental Histories


Indian Wars


Spanish-American War, 1898


Philippine Insurrection, 1899-1901


Punitive Expedition into Mexico, 1916


World War I


World War I, 1914-1918 – Regimental histories


World War II


Korean War


Vietnam War


Veterans, Enlistments, Pensions


Military History not yet classified/sorted


Not yet classified/sorted



Massachusetts Modern Helps


Massachusetts Research Tips


FamilySearch Catalog



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