USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

Link to Pembroke Town Web Site Pembroke
Plymouth County
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Including the Villages of Brimstone Corner, Bryantville, East Pembroke,
Mayflower Grove, North Pembroke, Oakland Square and Schoosett

See also the sites for the parent town of Duxbury and the daughter town of Hanson

Pembroke Historical Society

Pembroke Historical Society

What's New Families Books Newspapers Records Cemeteries Societies 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 Pembroke Newspapers held on microfilm by the Boston Public Library Microtext Department.

June 13, 2003 — The first cemetery transcriptions are online - they are from six small cemeteries, include mainly burials up to 1850, and were published in Mayflower Descendant in 1909 and 1910. Included are Briggs Cemetery, Friends Cemetery, Loring Cemetery, Pine Grove Cemetery, a private cemetery on Water St. and Two Mile Cemetery .

June 12, 2003 — I have added a listing of Pembroke Cemeteries. Additions and corrections to that list are always appreciated. In the coming weeks I plan to add transcriptions of gravestones from some of the cemeteries.

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

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books, Newspapers and Records

Books About Pembroke

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.

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

Henry Wheatland Litchfield, Ancient Landmarks of Pembroke (Pembroke, MA: George Edward Lewis, 1909).

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).

Ebenezer Weaver Pierce, Historic Sketches of Hanson, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, Middleboro', Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, Wareham and West Bridgewater (Boston: The Author, 1873).



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 1712 to 1850:
F. Apthorp Foster, Vital Records of Pembroke, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

Vital Records 1712 to present:
Town Clerk
Pembroke Town Hall
100 Center St.
Pembroke, MA 02359
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Mon. Evening 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 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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Cemeteries and Cemetery Transcriptions

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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Pembroke Public Library
142 Center St.
Pembroke, MA 02359
Fax: 781-294-0742
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sun. 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. October to May; Closed Sundays the rest of the year.

Pembroke Historical Society
Center Street
P.O. Box 122
Pembroke, MA 02359

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.

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History and Census Data

Pembroke was established March 21, 1712, from a part of Duxbury called Mattakeeset, a tract of land known as the Major's Purchase, and the land called Marshfield Upper Lands at Mattakeeset.
July 4, 1734, part of Pembroke was included in the new town of Halifax.
February 22, 1820, part of Pembroke was established as Hanson.
March 6, 1835, bounds between Pembroke and Hanover were established.
April 23, 1885, bounds between Pembroke and Hanover were established.
April 3, 1903, bounds between Pembroke and Hanson were established.

Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 1,409     1776 (Prov.) 1,768     1790 (U.S.) 1,954     1800 (U.S.) 1,943
1810 (U.S.) 2,051     1820 (U.S.) 1,297     1830 (U.S.) 1,325     1840 (U.S.) 1,258
1850 (U.S.) 1,388     1855 (State) 1,500     1860 (U.S.) 1,524     1865 (State) 1,489
1870 (U.S.) 1,447     1875 (State) 1,399     1880 (U.S.) 1,405     1885 (State) 1,313
1890 (U.S.) 1,320     1895 (State) 1,223     1900 (U.S.) 1,240     1905 (State) 1,261
1910 (U.S.) 1,336     1915 (State) 1,337     1920 (U.S.) 1,358     1925 (State) 1,480
1930 (U.S.) 1,492     1935 (State) 1,621     1940 (U.S.) 1,718     1945 (State) 1,821
1950 (U.S.) 2,579     1955 (State) 3,838     1960 (U.S.) 4,919     1965 (State) 7,708
1970 (U.S.) 11,193     1975 (State) 12,374     1980 (U.S.) 13,487     1990 (U.S.) 14,544
2000 (U.S.) 16,927                              

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Pembroke Town Government and Institutions

Pembroke Home Page

School Department

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Other Pembroke Websites

Commonwealth Communities page for Pembroke

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

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