Discovery Your Family History

Massachusetts Family History & Genealogy Centers

Massachusetts citizens who are enthusiastic about studying a lot more about their family beginnings can do so by going to the Massachusetts family history center around their area.  Researching about family beginnings can an exciting quest. These kinds of centers, that are part of the Family History Center in Salt Lake City & managed by the Massachusetts LDS Family Search, provide you with the finest historic resources in the nation. From microfilm & print publications that goes back decades to the recent in software applications. It is possible to discover your own origins at the family history center nearby. Each and every center functions in accordance with its own set of office hours, hence call your location before dropping by to make sure you can access these resources.

If you have any questions or comments about family history centers, please send a message to

Family History Center of Massachusetts
12 Brigham Ln
Amherst, Massachusetts 01004
T 9-1, W-7-9PM,Th 9-3, Sat 10-2
Notes: 2 Fam Search computers and Reader-Printer available

Belmont Family History Center
Ledgewood Place off Rte 2
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478
(617) 484-9744
Tues & Wed 7PM-9PM, 1st & 3rd Sat 9AM-1PM

Brewster Massachusetts Family History Center
94 Freemans Wy
Brewster, Massachusetts 02631
(508) 896-9863
Call for hours

Cambridge Family History Center
4 Longfellow Park
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(617) 491-4749
Wed 6PM-8PM, Thu 10AM-Noon, 2nd & 4th Sat 9AM-1PM

North Dartmouth Family History Center
400 Cross Rd
Darmouth, Massachusetts 02747
(508) 994-8215
Every other Wednesday 10 AM to 2 PM Friday Evening 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM
Notes: We have over 100 Microfilms from different Islands in the Azores; the majority is from Sao Miguel, others from Madeira

Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
76 N Main St, Rte 140
Foxboro, Massachusetts 02035
(508) 543-0298
T,W,Th 10-3, W,TH Eve 7-10, Sat 9-5
Notes: Ist and 4th T (members) 7-10

Hingham Massachusetts Family History Center
379 Gardner St
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043
(617) 749-9835
Wed 6-9PM, Thurs & Sat 9AM-2PM
Notes: Phone is pay phone in hall outside FHC

Lynnfield FHC
400 Essex St
Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940
(781) 334-5586
Wed 10-9, Thurs 10-4, 2nd & 4th Sat. 10-4
Notes: Limited summer hours – Call ahead on stormy days

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
150 Brown St
Weston, Massachusetts 02193
(781) 235-2164
7PM-9PM Wed & Thur, 9AM-3PM Fri & Sat
Notes: Closed major holidays & Jul & Aug. Call ahead in inclement weather

Worcester Family History Center
67 Chester St
Worcester, Massachusetts 01605
(508) 852-7000
Tuesday 6-9pm Wednesday 10am-2pm & 6-9pm Thursday 6-9pm Saturday 10am – 2pm

Massachusetts Genealogy Resources

Massachusetts is the home of the the Massachusetts Historical Society, New England Historical Society, 2 local National Archives (Pittsfield & Waltham) & several other genealogical vaults that can be appreciated by experts.

Researchers can easily gain access to several early accumulations from 1629-1799, hooked at the Massachusetts Archives resource. From important files to Vital Records for 1841-1910 & Passenger Manifests from 1848-1891, are also searchable at the Archives site.

Be sure to also browse the Commonwealth Communities page that gives out city and county research agencies that may may have kept registered important records from the colonial period, beginning in 1635.

American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEGHS)
99 – 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(888) 296-3447

New England Archives
(617) 226-1245
Note: NEGHS is also the home of the American Jewish Historical Society

Massachusetts Archives
Secretary of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 727-2816

Health and Human Services
Genealogical Research
150 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
(617) 740-2600

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695
(617) 536-1608

Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants
150 Wood Road, Ste 103
Braintree, MA 02184-2511
(781) 535-6159

National Archives & Records Administration
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02352
(781) 663-0126
Note: NARA at Pittsfield, MA is a great place to begin your immigrants’ naturalization record search. The NARA in Waltham, MA (outside Boston) holds the Civil War Provost Marshal Documents.

National Archives & Records Administration
Silvio O. Conte National Records Center
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201-8230
(413) 236-3600

Massachusetts Genealogy Websites

Cyndi’s List – Massachusetts

Family Search Wiki – Massachusetts

State Formation Map

Cape Cod Genealogical Society

UMAA Amherst Libraries – W.E.B. Du Bois Library resources (i.e. Church Records, cemetery records, Mayflower records, etc)