Plymouth County, Massachusetts Records

Plymouth County, Massachusetts (Map It) was created 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.

Plymouth County is bordered by Norfolk County (northwest), Barnstable County (southeast), Bristol County (west).

Plymouth County Cities and Towns 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. has is a collection of old Massachusetts maps.

Plymouth County, Massachusetts Courthouse Records

Plymouth County, Massachusetts Courthouse
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Plymouth County, MA Courthouse
Old Plymouth County, Massachusetts Courthouse
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Old Plymouth County Courthouse

The Plymouth County Courthouse is located in Plymouth, Massachusetts & Brockton, Massachusetts. All earlier records that apply to Plymouth Colony are at the county commissioner's office above, bound in a separate series. The present probate and registry of deeds office is at the same address. Court records (1686—1859) are at the Pilgrim Society, Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360. Learn More About State of Massachusetts Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research. For Town Records contact the City/Town Hall Clerk.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Plymouth county. The date listed for each record is usually the earliest registration filed. The date does not indicate that there are alot records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually filed with the clerk.

  • Plymouth County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1620. The 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.
  • Plymouth County Clerk of Probate Court has Probate Records from 1633. The 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.
  • Plymouth County Clerk of Courts has Court Records from 1630. The County Clerk of Courts has jurisdiction over all civil, criminal, and equity cases.
  • 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. They also have tax lists that may still be available at the town office. Earlier taxes for the towns exist as well.

Plymouth County, Massachusetts Census Records

Plymouth County, Massachusetts Vital Records

Plymouth County, Massachusetts Resources

Plymouth County, Massachusetts External Links

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