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Hampshire County, Massachusetts
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Hampshire County, Massachusetts Facts

Hampshire County

When was Hampshire County, MA Created?
Hampshire County was founded on May 7, 1662 from Middlesex County. The county was named for the English county of Hampshire.

What is the County Seat of Hampshire County, MA?
The County Seat is located in Northampton and the county government was abolished on January 1, 1999.

What counties are adjacent to Hampshire County, MA?
Bordering Counties are Franklin County (north), Worcester County (east), Hampden County (south), Berkshire County (west).

What cities and towns are in Hampshire County, MA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Amherst, Belchertown, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Easthampton, Florence, Goshen, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Huntington, Leeds, Northampton, Pelham, Russell, South Hadley, Southampton, Ware, Westhampton, Williamsburg, and Worthington.

Hampshire County, MA Vital Records

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

Hampshire 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 Hampshire 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.

Hampshire County, MA Census Records

What Hampshire County, MA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Hampshire 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.

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

Hampshire County, MA Courthouse and Government Records

Hampshire County Courthouse

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

  • Hampshire County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 33 King Street, Northampton, MA 01060
  • Hampshire 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. In 1787 three registry offices were created (Deerfield, Springfield, and Northampton) for Hampshire County corresponding with what eventually became the three present counties of Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire respectively. All deeds for the Northampton registry before it became what is now Hampshire County are located in the Springfield registry.
    • Phone: 413-584-3637
    • Land Records: 1812
  • Hampshire 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.
    • Phone: (413) 586-8500
    • Probate Records: 1660 
  • Hampshire County Clerk of Courts has jurisdiction over all civil, criminal, and equity cases.
    • Address: 15 Gothic Street, Northampton, MA 01061
    • Phone: (413) 584-5810 x293
    • Court Records: 1677 
  • Hampshire County Town Clerks have tax lists that may still be available at the town office. Earlier taxes for the towns exist as well.
  • Early land grants and incorporation of the town of Ware
  • Massachusetts Name Changes, 1780-1892
  • BLM Land Records

Hampshire County, MA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Hampshire Co. MA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hampshire Co. MA Cemeteries & Church Records

Hampshire Co. MA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hampshire Co. MA General and History Websites

Hampshire Co. MA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hampshire Co. MA Military Records

Hampshire Co. MA Schools & Directories

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