USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

Link to Hanover Town Web Site Hanover
Plymouth County
Link to USGenWeb

Including the Villages of Assinippi, Curtis Crossing, Drinkwater, Hanover Center, Hanover Four Corners,
Mann's Corner, North Hanover, South Hanover, West Hanover and Winslow's Crossing

See also the sites for the parent towns of Abington and Scituate

John Curtis Free Library

John Curtis Free Library, Hanover
Original building dedicated December 12, 1907

What's New Resources Families Books Records Cemeteries Societies Locations History Census Government Web Sites USGenWeb

New Information on This Site

September 8, 2008 — Welcome to the revised Hanover USGenWeb page. I'll be posting notices here as new resources are added to the site.

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Lookups and Resources


If you have any Hanover material and would like to volunteer for lookups please send email to Dale H. Cook.



Early Bridgewater Families which includes information on the early generations of Hanover families founded in Bridgewater by Samuel Packard and John Washburn.

Professional genealogist and genealogical editor Scott Andrew Bartley hosts web pages about Massachusetts counties, cities and towns. Researchers will find historical and genealogical data and links of use to those working at any level. His Hanover page contains essential information for anyone researching Hanover and its families, and his Plymouth County page is equally valuable.

Family Researchers and Websites

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Books and Records

Books About Hanover

You can find copies of books for sale by using the search engine at

Books that are no longer in copyright can often be found online at Internet Archive Text Archive, Family History Books or Google Books. Additional books are available through two sites that many libraries offer access to - and Heritage Quest Online.

John S. Barry, A Historical Sketch of the Town of Hanover, Mass., with Family Genealogies (Boston: Samuel G. Drake, 1853).

Lloyd Vernon Briggs, History of Shipbuilding on the North River, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, with Genealogies of the Shipbuilders, and Accounts of the Industries Upon its Tributaries, 1640 to 1872 (Boston: The Author, 1889).

Lloyd Vernon Briggs, History and Records of the First Congregational Church, Hanover, Mass., 1727-1825, And Inscriptions from the Headstones and Tombs In the Cemetery at Centre Hanover, Mass., 1727-1894 (Boston: The Author, 1895).

Jedediah Dwelley, et. al., A Copy of the Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths and of Intentions of Marriage of the Town of Hanover, Mass. 1727-1857 (Rockland, MA: Press of the Rockland Standard, 1898).

Lloyd Vernon Briggs, History And Records of St. Andrew's Protestant Episcopal Church, of Scituate, Mass., 1725-1811, of Hanover, Mass., 1811-1903, and Other Items of Historical Interest, Being Volume II of the Church and Cemetery Records of Hanover, Mass (Boston: The Author, 1904).

Barbara Underhill Barker, Lucy Josselyn Bonney and Anne Bonney Henderson, Houses of the Revolution in Hanover, Massachusetts (Hanover, MA: Hanover Historical Society, 1976).

Ann S. Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Census for Hanover (Boston: The Author, 1988).

Charles Milton Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, MA: Middleborough Public Library, 1995). Contains transcriptions from two Hanover cemeteries made in the late 1880s. Although this is still a useful resource, many transcription errors have been discovered, so use Thatcher with care and check it against the actual gravestones or other transcriptions.

Barbara Underhill Barker and Leslie J. Molyneaux, Images of America: Hanover (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2004).

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Vital Records

Published Vital Records 1727 to 1857:
Jedediah Dwelley, et. al., A Copy of the Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths and of Intentions of Marriage of the Town of Hanover, Mass. 1727-1857 (Rockland, MA: Press of the Rockland Standard, 1898).

Vital Records 1727 to present:
Town Clerk
Hanover Town Hall
550 Hanover St.
Hanover, MA 02339
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vital Records 1841-1920:
Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Fax: 617-288-8429
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Vital Records 1921 to present:
Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records
150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Or order online:  Births  Marriages  Deaths

Massachusetts Vital Records Information from


Deeds and Probate

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds
50 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Fax: 508-830-9221
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Researchers can search grantor books or grantee books at no charge.
Images of the Plymouth County deeds are now freely available at Be aware that there is a limit to how many images of records you can download in a single session.

Plymouth Probate and Family Court
52 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Plymouth County probate files and records can now be viewed online at
Fax: 508-746-6826
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Images of the Plymouth County probate records are now freely available at in two groups of image sets, one consisting mainly of case files and one consisting mainly of record books. Be aware that there is a limit to how many images of records you can download in a single session. Navigating the image sets of the oldest probate records can be a bit confusing, so I have prepared A Brief Guide to the "Old Series" of Plymouth County Probate Records (1686-1881).

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Genealogical and Historical Societies, Libraries and Locations

Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

John Curtis Free Library
534 Hanover Street
Hanover, MA 02339
Phone: 781-826-2972
Hours: Mon. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Tue. 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Wed. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Thu. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed on Saturdays during July and August.

Hanover Historical Society
P.O. Box 156
Hanover, MA 02339
Annual Membership:
Individual: $7.50 per person
Family: $15.00

Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc.
PCGI is a non-profit genealogical society whose monthly meetings are held the first Saturday of each month (except July and August) at 1:00 PM at the East Bridgewater Public Library. Meetings generally feature a guest speaker and the public is welcome.

Old Colony History Museum
66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780
Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on holidays and on Saturdays preceding Monday holidays
Museum Admission: Adults - $4.00, Children 12-18 and Seniors - $2.00
Genealogical Research: $7.00 per day

South Shore Genealogical Society
PO Box 396
Norwell, MA 02061
Meetings: The second Saturday of each month (except July and August) at 1:30 p.m. at the John Curtis Free Library, Rte. 139, Hanover, MA.
For beginners, amateurs and professionals interested in genealogical research in Plymouth and Norfolk Counties.

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695
Hours: Mon. - Weds. 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Thurs. 9:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Closed Sunday.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Fax: 617-536-7307
Library Hours: Tues. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Weds. 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Thurs. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sun. and Mon.
The library is closed for some holidays - call or see the website for details.
For non-members there is a daily admisssion fee for the research library.

NEHGS is nation's oldest genealogical society, founded in 1845. It offers unsurpassed resources for New England research including the Boston research library of over 200,000 volumes. Members not in the Boston area appreciate their extensive online resources including all issues of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the nation's oldest genealogical journal, published quarterly since 1847. Online resources also include member access to vital records through 1915, an ever-growing collection of online books, and databases derived from some of the Society's immense manuscript holdings.


Genealogical and Historical Locations

The Stetson House, built about 1716, and home of the Hanover Historical Society.
Open Wednesdays, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Research material from Historical Society files is available and tours can be arranged. For information contact:
Friends of the Stetson House, Inc.
P.O. Box 2064
Hanover, MA 02339
Phone: 781-826-9575

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History and Census Data

Perhaps as early as 1649 William Barstow settled within the present limits of Hanover, according to John Barry, author of A Historical Sketch of the Town of Hanover, Mass., with Family Genealogies. He lived near the North River close to what is now Hanover Four Corners and built a bridge about where the current Washington St. bridge is located.

The town of Hanover was incorporated June 14, 1727, from portions of Abington and Scituate. In 1728 the first church was built, and about that time the first school opened.

Early industry included shipyards on the North River, grain and lumber mills, and an early iron industry that eventually gave rise to tack factories. Prominent among later industries were shoe factories and National Fireworks.

As is the case with many South Shore towns, most of the industry and farming are long gone, and the town is now primarily residential.

Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 1,084     1790 (U.S.) 1,084     1800 (U.S.) 958     1810 (U.S.) 1,171
1820 (U.S.) 1,211     1830 (U.S.) 1,303     1840 (U.S.) 1,488     1850 (U.S.) 1,592
1855 (State) 1,674     1860 (U.S.) 1,565     1865 (State) 1,545     1870 (U.S.) 1,628
1875 (State) 1,801     1880 (U.S.) 1,897     1885 (State) 1,966     1890 (U.S.) 2,093
1895 (State) 2,051     1900 (U.S.) 2,152     1905 (State) 2,176     1910 (U.S.) 2,326
1915 (State) 2,666     1920 (U.S.) 2,575     1925 (State) 2,755     1930 (U.S.) 2,808
1935 (State) 2,709     1940 (U.S.) 2,875     1945 (State) 3,018     1950 (U.S.) 3,389
1955 (State) 4,258     1960 (U.S.) 5,923     1965 (State) 7,862     1970 (U.S.) 10,107
1975 (State) 10,533     1980 (U.S.) 11,358     1990 (U.S.) 11,912     2000 (U.S.) 13,164


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Hanover Town Government and Institutions

Town of Hanover Home Page

School Department

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Other Hanover Websites

See also the sites for the parent town of Abington and the sister towns of Rockland and Whitman

Commonwealth Communities page for Hanover

Scott Andrew Bartley's Hanover page.

Hanover Mariner (Weekly Newspaper)

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USGenWeb Sites

Plymouth County, MA - USGenWeb

Plymouth County Records Online - USGenWeb

Massachusetts Genealogy - USGenWeb

The USGenWeb Project - Home Page

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Please note that although I was born and raised about 15 miles from Hanover
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

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USGenWeb Hanover, MA, commenced 16-Aug-1996.
Original site created by James A. Streeter.
New site created 08-Sep-2008 by, and maintained by, Dale H. Cook.
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