USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

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

Including the Villages of Cole Mill, East Carver, Huckleberry Corner, North Carver, Shurtleff Corner, South Carver and Wenham

See also the site for the parent town of Plympton

Carver Town Hall

Carver Town Hall

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

New Information on This Site

March 10, 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 Carver Newspapers held on microfilm by the Boston Public Library Microtext Department.

May 3, 2004 — The 1790 Federal Census Data is now online.

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

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Family Researchers and Websites

Books, Newspapers and Records

Books About Carver

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.

Henry S. Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts: Historical Review, 1637-1910 (New Bedford, MA: E. Anthony & Sons, 1913; Reprinted Salem, MA: Higginson Books, 1991).

Lincoln Newton Kinnicutt, Indian Names of Places In Plymouth, Middleborough, Lakeville and Carver (Worcester, MA: Commonwealth Press, 1909).

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

Charles Milton Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, MA: Middleborough Public Library, 1995). Contains transcriptions from four Carver cemeteries made in the late 1880s. Although this is still a useful resource, many transcription errors have been discovered, so use Thatcher with care and check it against the actual gravestones or other transcriptions.



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 1790 to 1850:
F. Apthorp Foster, Vital Records of Carver, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

Vital Records 1790 to present:
Town Clerk
Carver Town Hall
108 Main St.
Carver, MA 02330
Hours: Mon., Weds., Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tues. 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 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

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

Carver Public Library
2 Meadowbrook Way
Carver, MA 02330
(508) 866-3415
Fax: (508) 866-3416
Hours: Mon. & Weds. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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History, Census Data and Photographs

The original inhabitants of this area were the Wampanoag (or Pokonoket), whose Nemasket Trail was the route which US Rte. 44 now follows.   Archaeological evidence suggests that two principal gathering areas for the native people were Annasnappet Pond near North Carver and Sampson Pond in South Carver.

The town of Carver was incorporated June 9, 1790, from a portion of Plympton.   For information about the parent town see USGenWeb Plympton.   Although sawmills and iron foundries were among the area's earliest industries, Carver today is perhaps best known for the production of cranberries and as the home of the Edaville Railroad.

The iron industry gave rise to some impressive homes in the town.   The foundries and bogs attracted immigrants from Finland and the Cape Verde Islands, and a number of their descendants remain in Carver.

The town is also home to Savery's Avenue - the first divided highway in America, which was given the town in 1861 by William Savery.

Population by Census

1790 (U.S.) 847     1800 (U.S.) 863     1810 (U.S.) 858     1820 (U.S.) 839
1830 (U.S.) 970     1840 (U.S.) 995     1850 (U.S.) 1,186     1855 (State) 1,205
1860 (U.S.) 1,186     1865 (State) 1,059     1870 (U.S.) 1,092     1875 (State) 1,127
1880 (U.S.) 1,039     1885 (State) 1091     1890 (U.S.) 994     1895 (State) 1,016
1900 (U.S.) 1,104     1905 (State) 1,410     1910 (U.S.) 1,663     1915 (State) 1,701
1920 (U.S.) 891     1925 (State) 1,306     1930 (U.S.) 1,381     1935 (State) 1,559
1940 (U.S.) 1,469     1945 (State) 1,383     1950 (U.S.) 1,530     1955 (State) 1,669
1960 (U.S.) 1,949     1965 (State) 2,147     1970 (U.S.) 2,420     1975 (State) 4,280
1980 (U.S.) 6,988     1990 (U.S.) 10,590     2000 (U.S.) 11,163          


Census Data

Currently available: 1790 Federal Census



Sturtevant House Photographs and Drawings in the Library of Congress.

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Carver Town Government and Institutions

Carver Home Page

School Department

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Other Carver Websites

See also the site for the parent town of Plympton

Commonwealth Communities page for Carver

WickedLocal Carver News

Edaville USA - home of the Edaville Railroad.

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

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