USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

Link to Kingston Town Web Site Kingston
Plymouth County
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Including the Villages of Rocky Nook and Silver Lake

See also the site for the parent town of Plymouth

Major John Bradford House

Major John Bradford House, Kingston
Constructed about 1674

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

New Information on This Site

March 15, 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 Kingston Newspapers held on microfilm by the Boston Public Library Microtext Department.

October 13, 2004 — The 1790 Federal Census Data is now online.

February 24, 2004 — The newest cemetery transcriptions are from the Old Burial Ground next to the First Congregational Parish Church.   The transcriptions were made in 1895 and were published as abstracts.   They include stones dated through 1860, and were published in Mayflower Descendant in 1905.   They can be used in conjunction with the literal transcriptions of the oldest stones in the same cemetery published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 1856.

January 11, 2004 — I have moved the cemetery and gravestone transcription information to a new Cemeteries Page.   I will be adding to the cemetery information over the coming months, and will also be adding additional gravestone transcriptions.

April 29, 2003 — There is a new page for Kingston Family Researchers and Websites where you can list specific Kingston families that you are researching or web sites specializing in Kingston families.

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Lookups and Resources


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



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

Ray Brown has transcribed the Kingston marriage records from Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800 by Frederick W. Bailey. His New England Genealogy site here on RootsWeb includes many other transcribed records, genealogical information for several Connecticut families and many other resources for New England research.

1790 Census Transcriptions from Ray Brown's Web Site.

Family Researchers and Websites

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Books, Newspapers and Records

Books and Journal Articles About Kingston

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.

Charles Chauncy and Wliiam Rand, The Late Religious Commotions in New-England Considered: An Answer to the Reverend Mr. Jonathan Edwards's Sermon, Entitled, "The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, Applied to That Uncommon Operation That Has Lately Appeared on the Minds of Many of the People of This Land": In a Letter to a Friend, Together with a Preface, Containing an Examination of the Rev. Mr. William Cooper's Preface to Mr. Edwards's Sermon (Boston: Green, Bushell, and Allen, 1743)

D. W. Holmes, "Inscriptions Copied from the Burying Ground at Kingston, Mass." (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 10 (1856):55-56).

Report of the Proceedings and Exercises at the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Kingston, Mass.: June 27, 1876 (Boston: E. B. Stillings & Co., Printers, 1876).

Charles B. Briggs, "Memoranda by Robert Foster, of Kingston, Mass" (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 48 (1894):182-184).

Theodore S. Lazell and Thomas Bradford Drew, Death Records from the Ancient Burial Ground at Kingston Massachusetts (Boston: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1905).

F. Apthorp Foster, Vital Records of Kingston, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

Sarah Y. Bailey, Photographs by Emily F. Drew, The Story of Jones River in Pilgrim Plymouth, 1620-1726, Which in the Latter Year Became Kingston, Mass. (Kingston, MA: Kingston Branch of the Alliance of Unitarian Women, 1920).

Doris Johnson Melville, Major Bradford's Town: A History of Kingston, 1726-1976 (Kingston, MA: Town of Kingston, 1976).

Charles Milton Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, MA: Middleborough Public Library, 1995). Contains transcriptions from the Old Burying Ground 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.




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 1726 to 1850:
F. Apthorp Foster, Vital Records of Kingston, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

Vital Records 1726 to present:
Town Clerk
23 Evergreen Street
Kingston, MA 02364
Fax: 781-585-0542
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Closed noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch); Tues. Evenings 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 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 online 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 online 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).

Cemeteries and Cemetery Transcriptions

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Genealogical and Historical Societies, Libraries and Locations

Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Kingston Public Library Local History Room
6 Green Street
Kingston, MA 02364
Fax: 781-585-0521
TTY/TDD: 781-582-2446
Hours: Mon. 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Tues. - Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fri. - Closed; Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Jones River Village Historical Society
and Major John Bradford House
Maple Street and Landing Road
Kingston, MA 02364

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

Major John Bradford House
Maple Street and Landing Road
Kingston, MA 02364

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History and Census Data

Residents of the Jones River area in northern Plymouth began petitioning for a separate township in 1717. Their efforts at first met opposition but finally came to fruition on June 16, 1726, when the General Court authorized the division of Plymouth, establishing the town of Kingston.

Early industries in the town included iron casting and forging, woolen mills and ship building on the Jones River.


Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 759     1776 (Prov.) 980     1790 (U.S.) 1,004     1800 (U.S.) 1,037
1810 (U.S.) 1,137     1820 (U.S.) 1,313     1830 (U.S.) 1,321     1840 (U.S.) 1,440
1850 (U.S.) 1,591     1855 (State) 1,571     1860 (U.S.) 1,655     1865 (State) 1,626
1870 (U.S.) 1,604     1875 (State) 1,569     1880 (U.S.) 1,524     1885 (State) 1,570
1890 (U.S.) 1,659     1895 (State) 1,746     1900 (U.S.) 1,955     1905 (State) 2,205
1910 (U.S.) 2,445     1915 (State) 2,580     1920 (U.S.) 2,505     1925 (State) 2,524
1930 (U.S.) 2,672     1935 (State) 2,743     1940 (U.S.) 2,783     1945 (State) 2,922
1950 (U.S.) 3,461     1955 (State) 4,089     1960 (U.S.) 4,302     1965 (State) 4,946
1970 (U.S.) 5,999     1975 (State) 6,776     1980 (U.S.) 7,362     1990 (U.S.) 9,045
2000 (U.S.) 11,780                              


Census Data

Currently available: 1790 Federal Census

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Kingston Town Government and Institutions

Kingston Home Page

School Department

First Congregational Parish (Unitarian Universalist, established 1717)

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Other Kingston Web Sites

Commonwealth Communities page for Kingston

Scott Andrew Bartley's Kingston page.

Wicked Local Kingston News

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USGenWeb Links

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

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