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Plymouth County
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Including the Villages of Allerton, Bayside, Kenberma, Nantasket Beach,
Pemberton, Stony Beach, Straits Pond, Waveland and Windemere

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New Information on This Site

March 14, 2008 — We have a new address!   Many USGenWeb sites have relocated, and we have, too.   Please bookmark our new address.

August 19, 2006 — I have added a listing of Hull Newspapers held on microfilm by the Boston Public Library Microtext Department.

October 12, 2004 — I've added the 1857 Hull Cemetery Transcriptions published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.   See the Cemeteries section for a list of surnames found in these transcriptions.

June 9, 2003 — Welcome to the brand new Hull USGenWeb page. I'll be posting notices here as the site grows and expands and new resources are added.

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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 Hull page contains essential information for anyone researching Hull and its families, and his Plymouth County page is equally valuable.

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books, Newspapers and Records

Books and Journal Articles About Hull

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.

Solomon Lincoln, Sketch of Nantasket: (Now Called Hull,) In the County of Plymouth (Hingham, MA: Gazette Press, 1830). Reprinted from the Hingham Gazette.

James Lloyd Homer, Notes on the Sea-Shore; Or Random Sketches, In Relation to the Ancient Town of Hull ... (Boston: Redding & Co., 1848).

W. S. Barton, "Inscriptions from the Burying-Ground in Hull, Mass." (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 12 (1858):207-214).

Albert Matthews, "The Naming of Hull, Massachusetts" (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 59 (1905): 177-186).

Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Hull, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

William M. Bergan, Old Nantasket (Boston: Spaulding-Moss, 1968; Revised editions: North Quincy, MA: Christopher Publishing House, 1969, 1972; Hull, MA: Fort Revere Park & Preservation Society, in partnership with Times Square Books, 2004).

Ethel Farrington Smith, "Seventeenth Century Hull, Massachusetts, and Her People" (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 142 (1988):107-125, 269-280, 350-360; 143 (1989):40-51, 121-140, 247-255, 332-349 [Additions and Corrections 142:394, 143:361, 364-365]).

Ethel Farrington Smith, Early Families of Hull, Massachusetts (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007).



A newspaper often had a succession of titles on its masthead during the course of its publication. Some libraries list newspapers by the last title used, followed by previous titles. Other libraries list all holdings under the most common, most familiar or most recent title. For each title the library's holdings are given.


Boston Public Library - Microtext Department

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Vital Records

Published Vital Records 1647 to 1850:
Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Hull, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

Vital Records 1647 to present:
Town Clerk
Hull Town Hall
253 Atlantic Ave.
Hull, MA 02045
Fax: 781-925-0224
Hours: Mon. & Weds. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 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 and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Or order online:  Births  Marriages  Deaths

Massachusetts Vital Records Information from


Deeds and Probate

Until March 26, 1793 and from June 20, 1793 to June 18, 1803, Hull was in Suffolk County:

Suffolk Registry of Deeds
24 New Chardon St.
Boston, MA 02114-9660
Research Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Suffolk Probate and Family Court
24 New Chardon St., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Fax: 617-788-8962
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Order Probate Records Online.

Hull in Norfolk County:

On March 26, 1793, Norfolk Co. was formed, including Hingham and Hull. On June 20, 1793, the General Court exempted Hingham and Hull from the act of March 26, 1793, and they remained in Suffolk Co.

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds
649 High St.
Dedham, MA 02026-1831
Norfolk County deeds can now be viewed online.

Norfolk Probate and Family Court
35 Shawmut Rd.
Canton, MA 02021

Order Probate Records Online.

From June 18, 1803 on Hull has been in Plymouth County:

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

Plymouth Probate and Family Court
52 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
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. 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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Hull Cemetery Information, Photos and Transcriptions

Note that there is only one cemetery in the town of Hull.

Hull Cemetery (1708)
5 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA
MACRIS designation HUL.800

Image from MACRIS web site

Street Map
Topographic Map

1857 gravestone transcriptions published in NEHGR
Gravestone abstracts at Find A Grave

For records contact:   Town of Hull, 253 Atlantic Ave., Hull, MA 02045, 781-925-2000.

Location:   Between Nantasket Ave. and Spring St.

1857 Gravestone Transcriptions published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register

Surnames found in these transcriptions are Binney, Bruce, Colyer, Cushing, Dill, Goold, Gould, Greenleaf, Hunt, Knight, Knox, Loring, Lovell, Mitchell, Newcomb, Reed, Sirowich, Souther, Spear, Sprague, Swain, Thompson, Tirrell, and Turner.

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Genealogical and Historical Societies, Libraries and Locations

Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Hull Public Library
9 Main St.
Hull, MA 02045-1199
Fax: 781-925-0867
Winter Hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day): Mon., Tues. & Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Weds. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Fri. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): Mon., Tues. & Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Weds. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Fri. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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 Historical Society
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.


National Register of Historical Places

Graves Light Station
North of Hull in the Massachusetts Bay

Paragon Park Carousel
Also known as Carousel Under the Clock
205 Nantasket Ave.
Hull, MA 02045

Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, now the Hull Lifesaving Museum
Also known as Old Point Allerton Coast Guard Station
1117 Nantasket Ave.
Hull, MA 02045
Fax: 781-925-0992
Exhibits feature genuine rescue apparatus, America's most storied surfboat - the Nantasket, and much more.

Telegraph Hill Historic District
Also known as Fort Independence

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History and Census Data

The date of the establishment of Hull is not definitely known. On May 20, 1642, a report of a committee was made to the General Court concerning the allotment of lands at Nantasket. On May 10, 1643, Nantasket was again mentioned as being within the shire of Suffolk. On September 7, 1643, a former grant to "Nantascot" was confirmed. On May 29, 1644, it was ordered that "Nantascot shall be called Hull. On May 26, 1647, Hull is mentioned as a town.

Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 170     1776 (Prov.) 120     1790 (U.S.) 120     1800 (U.S.) 117
1810 (U.S.) 139     1820 (U.S.) 172     1830 (U.S.) 198     1840 (U.S.) 231
1850 (U.S.) 253     1855 (State) 292     1860 (U.S.) 285     1865 (State) 260
1870 (U.S.) 261     1875 (State) 316     1880 (U.S.) 383     1885 (State) 451
1890 (U.S.) 989     1895 (State) 1,044     1900 (U.S.) 1,703     1905 (State) 2,060
1910 (U.S.) 2,103     1915 (State) 2,290     1920 (U.S.) 1,771     1925 (State) 2,652
1930 (U.S.) 2,047     1935 (State) 2,619     1940 (U.S.) 2,167     1945 (State) 3,388
1950 (U.S.) 3,379     1955 (State) 5,824     1960 (U.S.) 7,055     1965 (State) 8,836
1970 (U.S.) 9,961     1975 (State) 10,572     1980 (U.S.) 9,714     1990 (U.S.) 10,466
2000 (U.S.) 11,050                              



1903 Topographic Map of Hull (1520 x 770 - 1 Mb)
From the 1903 Boston Bay Quadrangle (15 minute series)

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Hull Town Government and Institutions

Hull Home Page

School Department

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Other Hull Websites

Commonwealth Communities page for Hull

Scott Andrew Bartley's Hull page.

Wicked Local Hull News

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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 Hull
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

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