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New Information on This Site

May 13, 2016 — I have added a page listing Dates of the Establishment of Plymouth County Towns and Dates of Their Boundary Changes.

March 15, 2012 — The Hanson site has gotten a total makeover, and Town Coordinator Mary Blauss Edwards has added many more resources for researchers.   Mary already has extensive transcriptions from Hanson Cemeteries online and has added guides to resources, transcriptions of vital records from town reports, and other features.   Hanson researchers should check the page frequently and take advantage of new resources as Mary adds them.

March 15, 2012 — Some of the town sites have gotten makeovers in the last several months, and a major overhaul of the Plymouth town site is due later this year.

September 21, 2008 — I have added a list of some of the books that I consider most useful for, or most interesting to, Plymouth County researchers.

September 8, 2008 — There is a new town site for Hanover.

April 1, 2008 — I have added a list of the available Cemetery Pages for the county's towns.

March 9, 2008 — We have a new address!   Many USGenWeb sites have relocated, and we have, too.   Please bookmark our new address.

March 9, 2008 — Our newest town web sites are for the towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Norwell.

March 5, 2006 — We have another new town web site for the town of Lakeville, and Mary Blauss Edwards is its Town Coordinator.   She has posted extensive Cemetery Transcriptions online.   Lakeville researchers should check the page frequently and take advantage of new resources as Mary adds them.

October 25, 2004 — The Vital Records page has been expanded.   It now includes full contact information for all of the county's Town Clerks.   It also includes detailed information about vital records that have been published in books and magazines.

October 23, 2004 — Welcome to the Plymouth County USGenWeb site.   I'm Dale H. Cook, the new Plymouth County Coordinator, and have succeeded Susan G. Taylor.   Susan has spent years building an impressive set of resources for Plymouth County researchers, and she continues to serve as host for the county's premier site for the Town of Plymouth, as well as maintaining her genealogy website and her other USGenWeb projects.   I've frequently used the resources here, and look forward to continuing Susan's work.   I'll be posting announcements here as new items are added to the county site and to the individual Town Websites.   You will notice a new look coming to the pages of this site over the coming weeks, but the information here is still that which Susan has assembled over the years.   I hope that with your help we can continue to keep adding to these resources.

Plymouth County History

Plymouth County was formed 02-Jun-1685 when Plymouth Colony was divided into three counties: Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable.   Plymouth County is bounded by Norfolk County on the north, Barnstable County and Buzzards Bay on the south, Cape Cod Bay on the east, and Bristol County on the west.

The Wampanoag Indians under sachem Massasoit (or Ousamequin) were living in this area when the earliest Europeans arrived.   Other tribes to the west were the Narragansett, Nipmuck, Niantic, Saconnet, Massachuset, Mohegan, and Pequot.

On 21-Nov-1620 the Mayflower and its 102 passengers landed at what is now Plymouth.   The Fortune arrived in Nov-1621.   The Anne and Little James followed.   By 1624 there were about 180 Europeans living in the Plymouth area.

For historical background on the towns of the county see the individual town web pages.

For general information on Plymouth Colony history visit these sites:

Maps of Plymouth County

Map of Plymouth County ca. 1884, from D. Hamilton Hurd, History of Plymouth County

Map of Plymouth County showing current town boundaries

Other Plymouth County Sites

Plymouth County Resources On This Site

USGenWeb Project Links

Reporting Site Problems

If you find any problems with the pages or links on this site, please send an email message to Dale H. Cook.   Please describe the specific problem, such as a link that no longer works.   Include the address / URL of the page containing the problem so I will know where to look.

Please note that although I was born in Plymouth County I now live
hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the county.

Email comments to Dale H. Cook.

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USGenWeb Plymouth County, MA, commenced by Charlie Williamson.
Continued, revised and expanded by Susan G. Taylor.
Maintained since 23-Oct-2004 by Dale H. Cook.

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