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Hampden County, Massachusetts

Hampden County

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.

Currently the Hampden County Seat is situated in Springfield and the county government was abolished on July 1, 1998

Places adjacent to Hampden County are Hampshire County (north), Worcester County (east), Tolland County, Connecticut (southeast), Hartford County, Connecticut (south), Litchfield County, Connecticut (southwest), Berkshire County (west).

Cities and towns situated in Hampden County are made up of 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 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.

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 does have Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal government 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. One can find free online and printable census forms that can help with your research.

Hampden County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Hampden County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Hampden County Courthouse and Government Records

Hampden County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the great importance of Hampden County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy details. Hidden away in Massachusetts courthouses and archives just about everywhere are the aspirations and frustrations of many Massachusetts inhabitants. The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed document of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Hampden County court records. Even if your ancestors is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to her or him appearing in court records.

The following information and facts shows whatever birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and legal records will be in Hampden County. The dates indicated below could be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

Remember to get in touch with the clerk's dept to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other facts prior to visiting or asking for information because of many times changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of staff will aid persons in finding the resources, however it is up to the individual to perform the basic research. For Town Records contact the Town Clerk (Helpful Telephone Listings for your City/Town Hall)
  • 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 has copies of vital records (birth, marriage, divorce and death records). Clerks respond to inquiries regarding vital records, since most have indexes available. They also have tax lists that may still be available at the town office. Earlier taxes for the towns exist as well.
  • 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. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events. Vital Records have been registered in Massachusetts since 1635. Statewide collection began in 1841.

Hampden County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to present your own preferred Hampden County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Hampden Co. MA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hampden Co. MA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hampden Co. MA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hampden Co. MA Census Records

Hampden Co. MA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hampden Co. MA Church & Bible 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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