Family research can you tell you a lot about your unique ancestry and heritage. The Massachusetts Archives in Boston house original records of the governor, council, general court, secretary, and treasurer. These include land grants, divorces and contested estates, legislative papers, and tax valuation lists for early Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire families.

Research state history at the Massachusetts Archives

The Archives Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office is the repository for Massachusetts records generated by state government. The holdings date from the beginning of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628 and document the settlement of lands in Maine and Massachusetts, the arrival of immigrants, and the development of state government. These records include land grants, divorces and contested estates, legislative papers, and tax valuation lists. Public records are not in the holdings of the Archives strictly because of inherent genealogical value, but since they often include references to early Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire families, these documents are a major resource for people engaged in the study of family history.