USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

Link to West Newbury Town Web Site West Newbury
(Formerly Parsons; Originally the
West Parish of Newbury)
Essex County
Link to USGenWeb

Including the Village of Rock's Bridge

See also the site for the parent town of Newbury

Moses Poore Farmhouse

Moses Poore Farmhouse, West Newbury
Photograhed about 1898

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

New Information on This Site

March 16, 2008 — We have a new address!   Many USGenWeb sites have relocated, and we have, too.   Please bookmark our new address.

April 28, 2007 — Welcome to the brand new West Newbury USGenWeb page. I'll be posting notices here as new resources are added to the site.

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

When requesting a lookup please use the email link following the listing for that book, limit your request to one or two specific names on separate lines, and please thank the volunteer for their time and effort.

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books, Newspapers and Records

Books About West Newbury

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 or Google Books. Additional books are available through two sites that many libraries offer access to - and Heritage Quest Online.

Vital Records of West Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: The Essex Institute, 1918).

Joshua Coffin, A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury (Boston: Samuel G. Drake, 1845; Reprinted Hampton, NH: P. E. Randall for the Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury, Mass., 1977).

Ann S. Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for West Newbury (Boston: The Author, 1987).


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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.


American Antiquarian Society, Worcester - Titles on Microfilm



Boston Public Library - Microtext Department

   West Newbury


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Vital Records

Published Vital Records to 1819 to 1849:

Vital Records of West Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: The Essex Institute, 1918).

Vital Records 1819 to present:
Town Clerk
1910 Office Building
381 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985
978-363-1100, Ext. 110
Fax: 978-363-1117
Hours: Mon. - Thu. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

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

Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds
Shetland Park
45 Congress St., Suite 4100
Salem, MA 01970
Hours: Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Essex Probate and Family Court
36 Federal St.
Salem, MA 01970
978-744-1020 Ext. 383
Fax: 978-741-2957
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

G. A. R. Memorial Library
490 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985
Mon. - Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Closed Saturdays in the summer)

West Newbury Historical Society
P.O. Box 332
West Newbury, MA 01985

Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
161 Essex St.
Salem, MA 01970-3783
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Formed in 1992 from the merger of the Peabody Museum of Salem with the Essex Institute.

Essex Society of Genealogists, Inc.
P.O. Box 313
Lynnfield, MA 01940-0313
Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month, except January, June, July and August, at Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield Center, MA. 12 Noon - social hour; bring your own lunch, desserts and coffee will be provided by the society. 1:00 p.m. - business meeting, followed by program.

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, Population and Maps

The territory which comprises this town was originally a part of Newbury until Feb. 18, 1819, when it was set off as the town of Parsons. This name was changed on June 14, 1820, to West Newbury.

Population by Census

1820 (U.S.) 1,279     1830 (U.S.) 1,586     1840 (U.S.) 1,560     1850 (U.S.) 1,746
1855 (State) 2,094     1860 (U.S.) 2,202     1865 (State) 2,087     1870 (U.S.) 2,006
1875 (State) 2,021;     1880 (U.S.) 1,989     1885 (State) 1,899     1890 (U.S.) 1,796
1895 (State) 1,643     1900 (U.S.) 1,558     1905 (State) 1,405     1910 (U.S.) 1,473
1915 (State) 1,529     1920 (U.S.) 1,492     1925 (State) 1,337     1930 (U.S.) 1,549
1935 (State) 1,475     1940 (U.S.) 1,515     1945 (State) 1,503     1950 (U.S.) 1,598
1955 (State) 1,621     1960 (U.S.) 1,844     1965 (State) 2,049     1970 (U.S.) 2,254
1975 (State) 2,626     1980 (U.S.) 2,861     1990 (U.S.) 3,421     2000 (U.S.) 4,149



Inhabitants of the West Parish of Newbury in 1729 from John J. Currier, Ould Newbury: Historical and Biographical Sketches (Boston: Damrell and Upham, 1896)

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West Newbury Town Government and Institutions

West Newbury Home Page

Pentucket Regional School District

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Other West Newbury Websites

See also the site for the parent town of Newbury

Commonwealth Communities page for West Newbury

West Newbury News from the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune

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USGenWeb Sites

Essex County, MA - USGenWeb

Massachusetts Genealogy - USGenWeb

The USGenWeb Project - Home Page

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Please note that although I was born and raised about 50 miles from West Newbury
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 West Newbury, MA, commenced 28-Apr-2007.
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