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Dukes County was established twice, the first was by New York on November 1, 1683 until 1691 and the second time by Massachusetts on June 22, 1695 from Martha's Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands, which had been part of Dukes County, New York until Massachusetts gained it in 1691. The county was named for Dukes County, New York, the land at one time was literally the possession of the Duke of York.
What cities and towns are in Dukes County, MA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head), Chilmark, Edgartown, Gosnold, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury
Where can find Dukes County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Dukes County vital records can be found at the Massachusetts Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Massachusetts for current fees and application process. Vital Records have been registered in Massachusetts since 1635. Statewide collection began in 1841. There is a fee for each copy requested. Records for events that occurred from 1841-1910 are available at the State Archives.
Dukes County Town Clerks has copies of vital records (birth, marriage, divorce and death records). Clerks respond to inquiries regarding vital records, since most have indexes available.
You can search online for Dukes County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Massachusetts Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
What Dukes County, MA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Dukes County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Dukes Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Dukes Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Dukes Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890.
Massachusetts state censuses exist for the years 1855 and 1865. There is free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Massachusetts Census Records Research Guide
What genealogical records can I find in the Dukes County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Dukes County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. For Town Records contact the Town Clerk (Helpful Telephone Listings for your City/Town Hall). See Also Massachusetts Corthouse Records Research Guide.
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Dukes County, MA?
A list of Dukes County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Massachusetts Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
Where can I connect with other Dukes County, MA Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Dukes County, MA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Dukes County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a cost. This is just a collection which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.