Boston Public Library
Genealogy

Social Sciences Department, 2nd Floor, McKim Building, Central Library, 617-859-2261

Massachusetts Documents

Land and Probate Records

  • Book of Possessions (Boston)
  • Suffolk Deeds, 1653-1697
  • Middlesex County Probate, 1648-1871
  • Suffolk County Probate, 1636-1852

 

Massachusetts Records

  • Boston City Documents
  • Boston Town Records
  • City of Boston Lists of Residents (Voter Lists), 1861-present
  • Early MA Records–Middlesex County–through 1830
  • Plymouth Colony Records, 1633-1692
  • Records of the Court of Assistants of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, 1630-1692
  • Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay, 1638-1686

 

Cemetery Descriptions
Among other resources of this type, the Library’s collections include gravestone inscriptions, epitaphs, and inventories of graves in Boston’s historic burying grounds. The Library also continues to acquire published transcriptions of gravestone inscriptions from cemeteries throughout New England.