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Plymouth County
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See also the site for the parent town of Abington

Rockland Memorial Library

Rockland Memorial Library

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Societies History Census Government Web Sites USGenWeb

New Information on This Site

March 20, 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 Rockland Newspapers held on microfilm by the Boston Public Library Microtext Department.

October 26, 2004 — Welcome to the brand new Rockland USGenWeb page. I'll be posting notices here as new resources are added to the site.

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books, Newspapers and Records

Books About Rockland

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.

Mrs. Weston A. Belcher, Mrs. John Brooks, Jr., and Mr. Horace W. Bamford, First Congregational Church of Rockland, Massachusetts (United Church of Christ) 150th Anniversary Booklet, 1813-1963 (Rockland: 1963).

Elijah Shaw and Miss M. N. Shaw, The History of the Parish and Church of the Third Congregational Society in Abington, Now the First Congregational Church in Rockland, Mass. (n.p.: 1891).

Rockland Centennial, 1874-1974 (Rockland: Fairmount Press, Inc., 1974).

Abington, Massachusetts, 1712 - 1912. Official Program of the Commemorative Exercises of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town, June 10, 1712. Participated in by the Towns of Abington, Rockland & Whitman, comprising the original town of Abington. (Rockland: A. I. Randall, Printer, 1912).

Rockland in the Service: Rockland, Massachusetts 1775-1945 (Old Colony Post 1788, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1945). Numerous articles, adverisements, photographs and charts examining the role of Rockland's sons who participated in WWII, WWI, the Spanish-American War and the Civil War.

Resident and Business Directory of Rockland and Abington Massachusetts (Hopkinton, MA: A. E. Foss & Co., 1909).

Atlas of Abington and Rockland Massachusetts, From Recent and Actual Surveys & Records Under the Superintendence of W. A. Sherman (New York: Comstock & Cline, 1874).



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

Vital Records 1874 to present:
Town Clerk
Rockland Town Hall
242 Union St.
Rockland, MA 02370
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Vital Records 1874-1915:
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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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Rockland Memorial Library
20 Belmont St.
Rockland, MA 02370
Phone: 781-878-1236
Fax: 781-878-4013
Hours: Mon. & Weds. 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday 9-5

Dyer Memorial Library
28 Centre Avenue
Abington, MA 02351
The Dyer is a private library that houses historical and genealogical information on the Abington area including Whitman and Rockland. It is the home of the Historical Society of Old Abington.

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, Census Data and Maps

      In 1654 Timothy Hatherly was granted the land which was later known as the Hatherly Grant, and included what is now Rockland.   Settlement of the Grant began after King Philip's War, and it was included in Abington when that town was established in 1712.   Timber was an early area industry, especially oak for ship building, and sawmills flourished.   Abington was an early center of shoe production, especially the part which is now Rockland, and reached a height of production with Union Army contracts in the Civil War.   Rockland was established March 9, 1874, from the eastern part of Abington.   From the Great Depression onward shoe production declined, but the town experienced a new growth of business after World War II with suburban development along Routes 123 and 139.

Population by Census

1875 (State) 4,203     1880 (U.S.) 4,553     1885 (State) 4,785     1890 (U.S.) 5,213
1895 (State) 5,523     1900 (U.S.) 5,327     1905 (State) 6,287     1910 (U.S.) 6,928
1915 (State) 7,074     1920 (U.S.) 7,544     1925 (State) 7,966     1930 (U.S.) 7,524
1935 (State) 7,890     1940 (U.S.) 8,087     1945 (State) 8,603     1950 (U.S.) 8,960
1955 (State) 10,516     1960 (U.S.) 13,119     1965 (State) 15,054     1970 (U.S.) 15,674
1975 (State) 17,028     1980 (U.S.) 15,695     1990 (U.S.) 16,123     2000 (U.S.) 17,670

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Rockland Town Government and Institutions

Rockland Town Web Site

Rockland Historical Commission

School Department

Channing Church (Unitarian Universalist, established 1883)

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Other Rockland Websites

See also the sites for the parent town of Abington and the sister towns of Hanover and Whitman

Commonwealth Communities page for Rockland

Rockland Standard (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 5 miles from Rockland
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

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