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Plymouth County
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Including the Villages of Clapps Corner, Egypt, Greenbush, Humarock, Manson Corner, Minot, Mungo Corner,
North Scituate, Rivermoor, Sand Hills, Scituate Center, Scituate Station, Sherman Corner and Shore Acres

See also the sites for the daughter towns of Hanover and Norwell

The Old Mill, Scituate

Stockbridge Mill, Scituate - Constructed about 1650
Administered by the Scituate Historical Society

What's New Resources Families Books Newspapers Records Cemeteries
Societies Locations Census Photographs 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 Scituate Newspapers held on microfilm by the Boston Public Library Microtext Department.

October 17, 2004 — Just added here are transcriptions of the Scituate and Barnstable Church Records of Rev. John Lothrop's parish from its founding in Scituate in 1643 through its removal to Barnstable, and ending in 1702.

April 6, 2004 — Welcome to the brand new Scituate USGenWeb page.   I'll be posting notices here as new resources are added to the site.

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Transcriptions of the Scituate and Barnstable Church Records of Rev. John Lothrop's parish from its founding in Scituate in 1643 through its removal to Barnstable, and ending in 1702, as published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 1855 and 1856.

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books, Newspapers and Records

Books About Scituate

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Books that are no longer in copyright can often be found online at Internet Archive Text Archive 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 Scituate, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, 2 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1909).

Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from Its First Settlement to 1831 (Boston: James Loring, 1831; repr. North Scituate MA: Bates & Vinal, 1899).   NOTE: Some of the genealogical accounts in this book are badly confused or otherwise erroneous.   Some errors have been corrected in genealogical journals such as TAG.   Always check genealogical information from this book before relying on it.

Directory and History of Scituate, Mass., 1894 (Quincy, MA: J. H. Hogan Company, 1894).

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).

Scituate Massachusetts Second Church Records (In Abstract), 1645-1850 (Boston: Wilford J. Litchfield, 1909). Originally printed in NEHGR, 1903-1907.

Sarah Tilden Bailey, The First Baptist Church (Scituate, MA: The Boundbrook Press, 1913).

Old Scituate (Scituate, MA: Chief Justice Cushing Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1921).

Harvey Hunter Pratt, The Early Planters of Scituate: A History of the Town of Scituate, Massachusetts, From Its Establishment to the End of the Revolutionary War (Scituate, MA: Scituate Historical Society, 1929).

Henry Turner Bailey, Yankee Notions (Cambridge, MA: Washburn & Thomas, 1929).

Will Irwin, Scituate, 1636-1936 (Scituate, MA: Scituate Tercentenary Committee, 1936).

Joseph Foster Merritt, A Narrative History of South Scituate – Norwell, Massachusetts (Rockland, MA: Rockland Standard Publishing Company, 1938; repr. Norwell, MA: Norwell Historical Society and Quincy Savings Bank, 1987).

Scituate, 1636-1961 (Scituate, MA: Scituate Chamber of Commerce, 1961).

Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, The Seventeenth-Century Town Records of Scituate, Massachusetts, 3 Vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vols. 1 & 2, 1997, Vol. 3, 2001).

Sarah Messer, Red House: Being a Mostly Accurate Account of New England’s Oldest Continuously Lived-in House (New York: Viking Press, 2004).



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 1636 to 1850:
F. Apthorp Foster, Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, 2 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1909).

Vital Records 1636 to present:
Town Clerk
Scituate Town Hall
600 Chief Justice Cushing Way
Scituate, MA 02066
Fax: 781-545-8704
Hours: Mon., Weds. & Thurs. 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Tues. 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.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.

Plymouth Probate and Family Court
52 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Fax: 508-746-6826
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Genealogical and Historical Locations

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Census Data and Photographs

Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 2,488     1776 (Prov.) 2,672     1790 (U.S.) 2,856     1800 (U.S.) 2,728
1810 (U.S.) 2,969     1820 (U.S.) 3,305     1830 (U.S.) 3,468     1840 (U.S.) 3,886
1850 (U.S.) 2,149     1855 (State) 2,269     1860 (U.S.) 2,227     1865 (State) 2,269
1870 (U.S.) 2,350     1875 (State) 2,463     1880 (U.S.) 2,466     1885 (State) 2,350
1890 (U.S.) 2,318     1895 (State) 2,246     1900 (U.S.) 2,470     1905 (State) 2,597
1910 (U.S.) 2,482     1915 (State) 2,661     1920 (U.S.) 2,534     1925 (State) 2,713
1930 (U.S.) 3,118     1935 (State) 3,846     1940 (U.S.) 4,130     1945 (State) 4,873
1950 (U.S.) 5,993     1955 (State) 8,341     1960 (U.S.) 11,214     1965 (State) 14,485
1970 (U.S.) 16,973     1975 (State) 17,829     1980 (U.S.) 17,317     1990 (U.S.) 16,786
2000 (U.S.) 17,863                              



Lawson Tower Photographs in the Library of Congress.

Cedar Point Lighthouse Drawings in the Library of Congress.

Minot's Ledge Lighthouse Drawings, Prints, and Photographs in the Library of Congress.

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Scituate Town Government and Institutions

Scituate Home Page

School Department

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Other Scituate Websites

Commonwealth Communities page for Scituate

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

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