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Massachusetts Genealogy & History
Massachusetts became a state on Feb. 6, 1788. It was the sixth of the original 13 colonies. Before statehood on March 15, 1820 Maine was called the District of Maine and belonged to Massachusetts.
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| Ships Passenger Lists contain genealogy information - the name of the passenger, age, occupation, country of origin, port of arrival, port of departure, and more. Deaths and births are recorded on ships passenger lists. OliveTreeGenealogy.com has a large collection of FREE ships passenger lists for USA & Canada. Search for ancestors on Ships Passenger lists arriving in Boston Massachusetts
|| Naturalization Records consist of Declarations of Intent, Certificates of Arrival, Petition for Naturalization and a Certificate of Citizenship . Find Massachusetts ancestors in FREE transcribed Declarations of Intent, First Papers, Alien Registrations, Passport Applications, Naturalization Petitions and Citizenship Certificates on NaturalizationRecords.com
| Coffin plates are decorative adornments attached to a coffin or on display at a funeral. Coffin plates (also called casket plaques) contain genealogical information such as the name and death date of the deceased person. Sometimes they contain a birth year or an age. AncestorsAtRest.com has the largest collection of FREE coffin plate records online with almost 500 coffin plates in this growing genealogy collection.
|| * Exclusive * Shipwrecks and Ships of Gloucester, Massachusetts Bay Colony Gloucester was founded in 1623 as a Massachusetts Bay Colony by the Dorchester Company from Dorchester England. Search the list of ships plus crew and passenger names from shipwrecks at Gloucester Massachusetts 1830 to 1873
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| Wishing you knew what your ancestor looked like? Search 1800s photographs and Massachusetts Ancestor Photo Albums on Lost Faces. There are over 2,500 photos in this growing one-of-a-kind exclusive genealogy collection. Quality reproductions available.
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Search Massachusetts Newspapers [Genealogy Bank]
NARA M1545. Index to naturalization petitions and records for the District of Massachusetts, within the U.S. District Court, 1906-1966
NARA M1368. Petitions and records of naturalizations of the U.S. District and Circuit courts of the District of Massachusetts, 1906-1929.
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