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Plymouth County, Massachusetts
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Plymouth County, Massachusetts Facts

Plymouth County

When was Plymouth County, MA Created?
Plymouth County was founded on June 2, 1685 as one of three original counties created in the Plymouth Colony. The county was named for its seat of Plymouth, which is named for the English port city of Plymouth. Plymouth Colony divided into three counties in 1685. The entire colony joined with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 to form the commonwealth.

What is the County Seat of Plymouth County, MA?
The County Seat is located in Plymouth & Brockton and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Plymouth County, MA?
Bordering Counties are Norfolk County (northwest), Barnstable County (southeast), Bristol County (west).

What cities and towns are in Plymouth County, MA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Lakeville, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rochester, Rockland, Scituate, Wareham, West Bridgewater, Whitman.

Plymouth County, MA Vital Records

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

Plymouth 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 Plymouth 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.

Plymouth County, MA Census Records

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

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

Plymouth County, MA Courthouse and Government Records

Plymouth County Courthouse

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

Old Plymouth County Courthouse

Plymouth County, MA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Plymouth Co. MA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Plymouth Co. MA Cemeteries & Church Records

Plymouth Co. MA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Plymouth Co. MA General and History Websites

Plymouth Co. MA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Plymouth Co. MA Military Records

Plymouth Co. MA Schools & Directories

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