Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Middlesex County

Middlesex County was founded on May 10, 1643 as one of four original counties created in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The county was named for the English county of Middlesex.

Currently the Middlesex County Seat is situated in CambridgeLowell and the county government was abolished on July 11, 1997

Places adjacent to Middlesex County are Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (north), Essex County (northeast), Suffolk County (southeast), Norfolk County (south), Worcester County (west).

Cities and towns situated in Middlesex County are made up of Acton, Arlington, Ashby, Ashland, Auburndale, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, East Pepperell, Everett, Framingham, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, Newton Centre, Newton Highland, Newtonville, North Billerica, North Chelmsford, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Waban, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, West Newton, Westford, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn.

Middlesex 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 Middlesex 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.

Middlesex County does have Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Middlesex Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Middlesex Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Middlesex Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms that can help with your research.

Middlesex County Society and Family History Resources

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

Middlesex County Courthouse and Government Records


Middlesex County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the great importance of Middlesex 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 Middlesex 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 Middlesex County. The dates indicated below could be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

Until 1649, records were kept in Boston. The county was divided into two districts in 1855. The Cambridge office is the "parent" county seat, encompassing all the Middlesex towns between 1643-1855. After that it was still the probate office for the county, but the registry of deeds for only the Southern District.

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)
  • Middlesex 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.
    • Northern District, 360 Gorham Street, Lowell, MA 01852; (978) 322-9000. The Northern District includes the towns of Billerica, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Westford and Wilmington.
    • Southern District, 208 Cambridge Str, Cambridge, MA 02141-0068; (617) 679-6310. The Southern District includes the towns of Acton, Arlington, Ashby, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Concord, Everett, Framingham, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Malden, Marlboro, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Townsend, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Weston, Winchester and Woburn.
    • Land Records: 1649
  • Middlesex 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.
    • Address: 208 Cambridge Street, P.O. Box 410480, East Cambridge, MA 02141
    • Phone: (617) 768-5808
    • Probate Records: 1654 
  • Middlesex County Clerk of Courts has jurisdiction over all civil, criminal, and equity cases.
    • Address: 40 Thorndike Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
    • Phone: (617) 494-4010
    • Court Records: 1643 
  • Middlesex 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.

Middlesex County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Middlesex 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 Middlesex County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Middlesex Co. MA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Middlesex Co. MA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Middlesex Co. MA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Middlesex Co. MA Census Records

Middlesex Co. MA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Middlesex Co. MA Church & Bible Records

Middlesex Co. MA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Middlesex Co. MA General and History Websites

Middlesex Co. MA Immigration & Naturalization

Middlesex Co. MA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Middlesex Co. MA Military Records

Middlesex Co. MA Schools & Directories

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