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Hampden County, Massachusetts
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Hampden County, Massachusetts Facts

Hampden County

When was Hampden County, MA Created?
Hampden County was founded on February 25, 1812 from Hampshire County. The county was named in honor of John Hampden (1595—1643), the famous 17th century English parliamentarian.

What is the County Seat of Hampden County, MA?
The County Seat is located in Springfield and the county government was abolished on July 1, 1998

What counties are adjacent to Hampden County, MA?
Bordering Counties are Hampshire County (north), Worcester County (east), Tolland County, Connecticut (southeast), Hartford County, Connecticut (south), Litchfield County, Connecticut (southwest), Berkshire County (west).

What cities and towns are in Hampden County, MA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Agawam, Brimfield, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Indian Orchard, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Russell, Southwick, Springfield, Wales, West Springfield, Westfield, Wilbraham.

Hampden County, MA Vital Records

Where can find Hampden County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Hampden 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.

Hampden 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 Hampden 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.

Hampden County, MA Census Records

What Hampden County, MA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Hampden County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Hampden Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hampden Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hampden 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

Hampden County, MA Courthouse and Government Records

Hampden County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Hampden County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Hampden 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.

  • Hampden County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 50 State Street, Springfield, MA 01102
  • Hampden County Register of Deeds is the place where all transactions of a Real Property nature are recorded so that the public is made aware of their existence. Deeds, mortgages, tax liens, water liens, declaration of homestead and many other kinds of documents regarding the title and ownership of real estate are noted permanently in official records. Although not established as the Hampden County until 1812, Springfield was the registry for Hampden's parent county, Hampshire, which was divided into 3 registries-- Deerfield, Springfield and Northampton-- in 1787. Deerfield registry was transfered to Greenfield when Franklin County was established in 1811. All deeds for land originally in Hampshire County as well as Franklin and Hampden before thier county division from Hampshire, are located at the Springfield registry.
    • Phone: (413) 755 - 1722
    • Land Records: 1636
  • Hampden County Clerk of Probate Court has many responsibilities which include the administration of estates, probate of wills, and the appointment of guardians, have been under the jurisdiction of the courts since the 1630s. County courts and later, county judges of probate, were responsible for these functions until 1783, when the probate courts were established. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the probate and family courts were given jurisdiction over adoptions, divorces, name changes, and domestic relations. Probate records before 1812 for towns covered now by Hampden County are at the Hampshire Probate Office in Northampton.
    • Phone: (413) 748-6058
    • Probate Records: 1812 
  • Hampden County Clerk of Courts has jurisdiction over all civil, criminal, and equity cases. The bulk of pre-1812 court records are also in Northampton.
    • Phone: (413) 748-7631
    • Court Records: 1812 
  • Hampden County Town Clerks have tax lists that may still be available at the town office. Earlier taxes for the towns exist as well.
  • Inventory of town and city archives of Massachusetts, no. 7. Hampden County.
  • Indian deeds of Hampden County : being copies of all land transfers from the Indians recorded in the county of Hampden, Massach
  • Massachusetts Name Changes, 1780-1892
  • BLM Land Records

Hampden County, MA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Hampden County, MA?
A list of Hampden County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Massachusetts Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Hampden County, MA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Hampden County, MA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Hampden 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.

Hampden Co. MA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hampden Co. MA Cemeteries & Church Records

Hampden Co. MA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hampden Co. MA General and History Websites

Hampden Co. MA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hampden Co. MA Military Records

Hampden Co. MA Schools & Directories

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