USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

Link to Rochester Town Web Site Rochester
Plymouth County
Link to USGenWeb

Including the Villages of Bisbee Corner, Cowen Corner, Douglas Corner, East Rochester,
North Rochester, Pierceville, Rochester Center, and Sturtevant Mill

See also the sites for the daughter towns of Wareham, Marion and Mattapoisett

Rochester Town Hall

Rochester Town Hall

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 Rochester USGenWeb page. I'll be posting notices here as new resources are added to the site.

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

Family Researchers and Websites

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Books and Records

Books About Rochester

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 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).

Henry Edwards Scott, Editor, Vital Records of Rochester, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, 2 Volumes (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1914).

Ann S. Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Rochester and Mattapoisett (Boston: The Author, 1988).

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Vital Records

Published Vital Records 1686 to 1850:
Henry Edwards Scott, Editor, Vital Records of Rochester, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, 2 Volumes (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1914).

Vital Records 1686 to present:
Town Clerk
Rochester Town Hall
Constitution Way
Rochester, MA 02770

Vital Records 1841-1920:
Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Vital Records 1920 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).

Order Probate Records Online

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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Plumb Memorial Library
17 Constitution Way
Rochester, MA 02770

Rochester Historical Society
Rochester Historical Society Museum
355 County Rd.
Rochester, MA 02770

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

Rochester was established 04-Jun-1686 from common land called Sippican.

Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 1,939     1776 (Prov.) 2,449     1790 (U.S.) 2,644     1800 (U.S.) 2,546
1810 (U.S.) 2,954     1820 (U.S.) 3,034     1830 (U.S.) 3,556     1840 (U.S.) 3,864
1850 (U.S.) 3,808     1855 (State) 3,048     1860 (U.S.) 1,232     1865 (State) 1,156
1870 (U.S.) 1,024     1875 (State) 1,001     1880 (U.S.) 1,043     1885 (State) 1,021
1890 (U.S.) 1,012     1895 (State) 1,021     1900 (U.S.) 986     1905 (State) 1,181
1910 (U.S.) 1,090     1915 (State) 1,160     1920 (U.S.) 1,047     1925 (State) 1,100
1930 (U.S.) 1,141     1935 (State) 1,229     1940 (U.S.) 1,269     1945 (State) 1,107
1950 (U.S.) 1,328     1955 (State) 1,439     1960 (U.S.) 1,559     1965 (State) 1,693
1970 (U.S.) 1,770     1975 (State) 2,284     1980 (U.S.) 3,205     1990 (U.S.) 3,921
2000 (U.S.) 4,581     2010 (U.S.) 5,232                    


Census Data

Currently available: 1790, 1800 and 1810 Federal Censuses

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Rochester Town Government and Institutions

Rochester Home Page

School Department

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Other Rochester Websites

Commonwealth Communities page for Rochester

Wicked Local Rochester 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 30 miles from Rochester
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

Email comments to Dale H. Cook.

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USGenWeb Rochester, MA, commenced 11-Nov-2011.
Original site commenced 2007 by Lesley Maple.
Created and maintained by Dale H. Cook.
Copyright © 2011-2017 by Dale H. Cook. All rights reserved.