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Norfolk County, Massachusetts
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Norfolk County, Massachusetts Facts

Norfolk County

When was Norfolk County, MA Created?
Norfolk County was founded on March 26, 1793 from Suffolk County. The county was named for the English county of Norfolk. Old Norfork County was formed on May 10, 1643 and abolished on February 4, 1680, the towns remaining in Norfolk County were re-annexed to Essex County. Exeter, Salisbury, Hampton, Haverhill, Dover, and Portsmouth (formerly Strawberry Banke) were town in this county until it was abolished. All but Salisbury and Haverhill are now in New Hampshire. Records for these towns in this period are located here.

What is the County Seat of Norfolk County, MA?
The County Seat is located in Dedham and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Norfolk County, MA?
Bordering Counties are Middlesex County (north), Suffolk County (northeast), Plymouth County (southeast), Bristol County (south), Providence County, Rhode Island (southwest), Worcester County (west).

What cities and towns are in Norfolk County, MA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Avon, Bellingham, Braintree, Brookline, Canton, Chestnut Hill, Cohasset, Dedham, Dover, East Walpole, East Weymouth, Foxborough, Franklin, Holbrook, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Milton, Needham, Norfolk, North Weymouth, Norwood, Plainville, Quincy, Randolph, Sharon, South Weymouth, Stoughton, Walpole, Wellesley, Westwood, Weymouth, Wollaston, Wrentham.

Norfolk County, MA Vital Records

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

Norfolk 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 Norfolk 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.

Norfolk County, MA Census Records

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

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

Norfolk County, MA Courthouse and Government Records

Norfolk County Courthouse

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

Norfolk County, MA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Norfolk Co. MA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Norfolk Co. MA Cemeteries & Church Records

Norfolk Co. MA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Norfolk Co. MA General and History Websites

Norfolk Co. MA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Norfolk Co. MA Military Records

Norfolk Co. MA Schools & Directories

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