Massachusetts Counties Selection List

County Date
Parent County County Seat Contact
Barnstable 1685 New Plymouth Colony Barnstable Ray Sears
Berkshire 1761  Hampshire Pittsfield Dawn Newton
Bristol 1685 New Plymouth Colony Taunton Don Wright
Dukes 1683 none Edgartown Chris Baer
Essex 1643 none Lawrence, Newburyport, Salem John Slaughter
Jodi Salerno
Franklin 1811 Hampshire Greenfield Sue Downhill
Hampden 1812 Hampshire Springfield Dawn Newton
Hampshire 1662 Middlesex Northampton Sue Downhill
Middlesex 1643 none Cambridge, Lowell Michael Lewis
Nantucket 1695 none Nantucket David Sylvester
Norfolk 1793 Suffolk Dedham Don Wright
Plymouth 1685 New Plymouth Colony Plymouth Dale H. Cook
Suffolk 1643 none Boston Denise Wells
Worcester 1731  Suffolk, Middlesex Worcester Betty Thomas

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Village, Section or Neighborhood Names of Massachusetts Communities - Also names the towns that were taken to make Quabin Resevoir

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Also, to find the history of each of the town's formation and what county each town is in, see

John Chandler's:Corporate History of Massachusetts Towns

Massachusetts Resource Links

Massachusetts History
A Tour of Massachusetts History and Trivia

Mass Moments - History for every day of the year!

Massachusetts Time-lines of State History, 1. - 2.

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History: On June 22, 1996, the Massachusetts homepage was created as part of the USGenWeb Project. The purpose is to provide a single entry point for all counties and towns in Massachusetts, where collected data will be stored. Many kudos to the original creators George Waller and Jim Rothgeb.

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