USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

Link to Norwell Town Web Site Norwell
(Formerly South Scituate)
Plymouth County
Link to USGenWeb

Including the Villages of Accord, Assinippi, King's Landing, Norwell Center and West Scituate

See also the site for the parent town of Scituate

Bryant-Cushing House

Bryant-Cushing House, Norwell
Constructed 1698

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

New Information on This Site

November 11, 2011 — Welcome to the brand new Norwell USGenWeb page. I'll be posting notices here as new resources are added to the site.

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

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books and Records

Books About Norwell

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.

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).

South Shore Genealogical Society, An Index to the First Parish Cemetery of Norwell, Massachusetts (Norwell, MA: South Shore Genealogical Society, 1988.

Historia, A Magazine of Local History, Norwell, Massachusetts, 6 issues (Norwell, MA: 1898-1899).

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Vital Records

Vital Records 1849 to present:
Town Clerk
Norwell Town Offices
345 Main St.
PO Box 295
Norwell, MA 02061

Vital Records 1849-1920:
Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

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


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 and Libraries

Norwell Public Library
64 South St.
Norwell, MA 02061

Norwell Historical Society
PO Box 693
Norwell, MA 02061
The Society maintains a library, archives, and the historic Jacobs Homestead, built in 1726.

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

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

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116-3007

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.

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History and Census Data

Norwell was established as South Scituate February 14, 1849, from the town of Scituate. It was renamed Norwell February 27, 1888.

Population by Census

1850 (U.S.) 1,770     1855 (State) 1,786     1860 (U.S.) 1,774     1865 (State) 1,635
1870 (U.S.) 1,661     1875 (State) 1,818     1880 (U.S.) 1,820     1885 (State) 1,589
1890 (U.S.) 1,635     1895 (State) 1,540     1900 (U.S.) 1,560     1905 (State) 1,534
1910 (U.S.) 1,410     1915 (State) 1,563     1920 (U.S.) 1,348     1925 (State) 1,466
1930 (U.S.) 1,519     1935 (State) 1,666     1940 (U.S.) 1,871     1945 (State) 2,147
1950 (U.S.) 2,515     1955 (State) 4,127     1960 (U.S.) 5,207     1965 (State) 6,387
1970 (U.S.) 7,796     1975 (State) 8,999     1980 (U.S.) 9,182     1990 (U.S.) 9,279
2000 (U.S.) 9,765     2010 (U.S.) 10,506                    

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Norwell Town Government and Institutions

Norwell Home Page

School Department

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Other Norwell Websites

Commonwealth Communities page for Norwell

Wicked Local Norwell News

First Parish Norwell Unitarian Universalist Church

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

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USGenWeb Norwell, MA, commenced 11-Nov-2011.
Original site commenced 2007 by Wendy L. (Hawksley) Callahan.
Created and maintained by Dale H. Cook.
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