Welcome to the HistoryofMassachusetts.org! This site is packed full of information about Massachusetts history.

The History of Massachusetts aims to give readers in-depth, detailed and hard-to-find historical information on centuries of Massachusetts history, starting in the 17th century and ending in the present day.

This site brings you topics and info you can’t find anywhere else. It focuses heavily on firsthand accounts, quotes and reports from the original sources to give readers a better understanding of what really happened.

Many historical facts are often lost or distorted over time, so the History of Massachusetts vows to clear up any misinformation or myths.

The blog posts cover everything from the state’s early history, when only Native-Americans, traders and early explorers occupied the land, to modern times.

In doing so, the blog explores how Massachusetts has slowly evolved over time from a small British colony to what it is today and how it has overcome wars, mass hysteria, a revolution and economic struggles along the way.

In addition, the site also features a helpful resource page, a library corner, reviews of popular historical attractions in Massachusetts and product recommendations for history books, costumes and more.

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10 thoughts on “

  1. Virginia

    Was anyone living in Massachusetts in 1577? I have some genealogy here that says one of my ancestors was born in 1577 in Scituate, MA. Is that possible???

  2. MA DJ Kellogg

    Virginia, did you try ancestry.com? I’ve used them and I was able to trace my family back to the 1700s here in Massachusetts.

  3. Geoff

    Many years ago, i found a website that showed two brothers having my surname were recorded as signing an Oath of Allegiance to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts I think in the 18th century. Can anyone suggest a web site that might allow me find this information again?

    1. Rebecca Beatrice Brooks Post author

      Perhaps it was J.L. Bell’s blog: Boston 1775. Or maybe it was a site belonging to one of the local historical organizations like the Massachusetts Historical Society.

  4. Janet Turner

    This is not a comment. It’s an inquiry:

    My grandfather was born in Northampton,Ma. in 1884. I was trying to find the schools he might have gone to. He later beame a pharmacist and had a rug store in Springfield,Ma. I wondered where he might have gotten his education.

  5. Martha

    I would like to determine which of the Browns who have been present in Massachusetts since Peter on the Mayflower, are my ancestors. How do I begin to ascertain this? Thanks for any suggestions.

    1. Rebecca Beatrice Brooks Post author

      Hi Martha, the best way to do that is to check out one of the genealogy sites like ancestry.com. Start by looking up your parents and grandparents and then go from there.


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