USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of
Including the Villages of Antassawamock, Crescent Beach, East Mattapoisett, Hammondstown,
Harbor Beach, Holly Woods, Shell Beach, Sturtevant Mill and Tinkhamtown
See also the site for the parent town of Rochester
Old Meeting House, Mattapoisett
Home of the Mattapoisett Historical Society
New Information on This Site
October 20, 2011 Welcome to the brand new Mattapoisett USGenWeb page. I'll be posting notices here as new resources are added to the site.
If you have any Mattapoisett material and would like to volunteer for lookups please send email to Dale H. Cook.
When requesting a lookup please use the email link following the listing for that book, limit your request to one or two specific names on separate lines, and please thank the volunteer for their time and effort.
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 Mattapoisett page contains essential information for anyone researching Mattapoisett and its families, and his Plymouth County page is equally valuable.
Family Researchers and Websites
Books and Records
Books About Mattapoisett
You can find copies of books for sale by using the search engine at Bookfinder.com.
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 - Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest Online.
Ebenezer Weaver Pierce, Historic Sketches of Hanson, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, Middleboro', Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, Wareham and West Bridgewater (Boston: Boston: The Author, 1873).
Charles S. Hamlin, et. al., Mattapoisett and Old Rochester Massachusetts: Being a History of These Towns and Also In Part of Marion and a Portion of Wareham (New York: The Grafton Press, 1907).
Charles S. Mendell, Jr., "Shipbuilders of Mattapoisett," in Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches, No. 66 (New Bedford, MA: The Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 1937).
Ann S. Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Rochester and Mattapoisett (Boston: The Author, 1988).
Charles Milton Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, MA: Middleborough Public Library, 1995). Contains transcriptions from six Mattapoisett 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.
Vital Records 1857 to present:
Mattapoisett Town Hall
16 Main St.
PO Box 89
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
508-758-4103 Ext. 2; Alternate ext. 207
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Second and last Tue. of each month 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Vital Records 1841-1920:
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
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 Divorces Deaths
Massachusetts Vital Records Information from Ancestry.com
Deeds and Probate
Plymouth County Registry of Deeds
50 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
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 FamilySearch.org. 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 FamilySearch.org.
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Images of the Plymouth County probate records are now freely available at FamilySearch.org 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).
Genealogical and Historical Societies, Libraries and Locations
Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries
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 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 8:00 p.m.; Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Closed weekends.
New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116-3007
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.
History and Census Data
Mattapoisett was established May 20, 1857, from a part (the second precinct) of Rochester.
Mattapoisett Town Government
Mattapoisett Home Page
Other Mattapoisett Websites
Commonwealth Communities page for Mattapoisett
Scott Andrew Bartley's Mattapoisett page.
Plymouth County, MA - USGenWeb
Plymouth County Records Online - USGenWeb
Massachusetts Genealogy - USGenWeb
The USGenWeb Project - Home Page
Please note that although I was born and raised about 40 miles from Mattapoisett
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.
Email comments to Dale H. Cook.
Please visit the Plymouth Colony Pages
USGenWeb Mattapoisett, MA, commenced 22-Oct-2011.
Created and maintained by Dale H. Cook.
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