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In 1659, the Massachusetts General Court declared the celebration of Christmas to be a criminal offense. The Puritans were attempting to suppress the excesses of the season which included rowdy public displays of eating and drinking, mockery of established authority, aggressive begging, and boisterous invasions. easthampton.com

First cultivated in 1816 on Cape Cod and widely grown in Southeastern Massachusetts, cranberries are also produced in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. Since 1994, the cranberry has been the official berry of Massachusetts. rockland.wickedlocal.com



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  • 1497 - John Cabot reaches present day Massachusetts

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1614 - John Smith sailed along the coast of Massachusetts. He wrote a book, A Description of New England, which guided settlers to the Massachusetts region.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1620 - The Pilgrims left England on the Mayflower and landed in the New World at Plymouth. Before leaving the ship, they drew up the Mayflower Compact

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1638 - Massachusetts set up the first library in the colonies.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1641 - The Body of Liberties, the first code of laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was established.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1647 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony ordered that elementary schools be established in all towns where there were more than 50 families.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth. The General Court recognized that the Indians have a just right to land possession and a true right to be there based on Genesis 1 and 28, Chapter 9, 1, and Psalms 115:16.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • In 1659, the Massachusetts General Court declared the celebration of Christmas to be a criminal offense.
    The Puritans were attempting to suppress the excesses of the season which included rowdy public displays of eating and drinking, mockery of...Read MORE...


  • 1684 - King Charles II cancelled the colonial charter of Massachusetts.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1686 - King James established a government in Massachusetts. He made Sir Edmond Andros the governor of the colony.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1690 - The battle of Quebec was fought between the colonies of New France (ruled by France) and Massachusetts Bay (ruled by England). It lasted from October 16 through October 24 and resulted in a French victory.


  • News 1722 - July 25 - The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.

    www.onthisday.com
    July 25, 1722

  • News 1727 - October 29 - Severe earthquake in New England

    onthisday.com
    October 29, 1727

  • News 1749 - June 25 - A general fast was called on account of drought in Massachusetts. It was the year of the famous dry spring in which fields and villages burned.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 25, 1749

  • 1775 - First battle of American Revolution fought at Lexington and Concord; Paul Revere made famous ride; first ship of U.S. Navy commissioned

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • News 1780 - May 19 - The infamous "dark day" in New England tradition. At noon it was nearly as dark as night. Chickens went to roost, and many persons were fearful of divine wrath. The phenomena was caused by forest fires to the west of New England.

    WeatherForYou.com
    May 19, 1780

  • 1787 - The first cotton mill in the United States is built in Massachusetts.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1788 - Massachusetts became sixth U S. state

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • News 1803 - May 8 - A freak spring storm produced heavy snow from southern Indiana to New England. The storm made sleighing possible in Massachusetts, but also ruined shade trees in Philadelphia.

    WeatherForYou.com
    May 8, 1803

  • News 1815 - September 23 - One of the greatest hurricanes to strike New England made landfall at Long Island and crossed Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
    It was the worst tempest in nearly two hundred years.
    WeatherForYou.com
    September 23, 1815

  • News 1816 - September 27 - A black frost over most of New England kills unripened corn in the north resulting in a year of famine.

    WeatherForYou.com
    September 27, 1816

  • 1820 - Massachusetts and Maine separated

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • 1833 - Constitutional amendment separated church and state, Puritanism in government ended

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • 1847 - NECCO (New England Confectionery Company) wafers were first produced in 1847 in Massachusetts


  • 1852 - Massachusetts became the first state to require that all children must attend school.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1860's - Massachusetts sent over 160,000 troops to battle in Civil War

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • News 1868 - The Legislature of Massachusetts, during its late session, incorporated twenty-five manufacturing companies, with an aggregate capital of $4,375,000.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 11, 1868

  • The Great Blizzard of 1888
    This storm was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. 20-60 inches all along New England, with...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Massachusetts
    Massachusetts, one of the Eastern or New England states, and one of the original thirteen states of the American Union, is bounded on the N. by...Read MORE...


  •  Massachusetts, USA

    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
  •  Massachusetts, USA
    Center Street from the Bridge. Adams, Mass.
    Postcard
  •  Massachusetts, USA
    Faneuil Hall, Boston, Mass.
    Postcard
  •  Massachusetts, USA
    Gloucester, Massachusetts
    Postcard
  •  Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street Arch, Springfield, Mass.
    Postcard
  • 1903 - Marconi sends and receives the first wireless transatlantic communication
    One hundred years ago on Saturday, a young Italian inventor named Guglielmo Marconi stood on a sandy bluff on Cape Cod and sent a 54-word greeting...Read MORE...


  • 1903 - You didn’t need a license or plates to drive in Massachusetts until 1903.
    Before that, all you needed was a set of wheels.
    www.onlyinyourstate.com/massachusetts/interesting-history-facts-ma/

  •  Massachusetts, USA
    The Square, Wrentham, Massachusetts (1906)
    Postcard
  • 1907 - First motorized fire wagon developed by Knox Manufacturing Company

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  •  Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street looking West, Worthington, Mass.
    Postcard
  • News 1914 - July 29 – In Massachusetts, the new Cape Cod Canal opens; it shortens the trip between New York and Boston by 66 miles, but also turns Cape Cod into an island

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 29, 1914

  • News 1922 - April 13 – The State of Massachusetts opens all public offices to women.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 13, 1922

  • News 1938 - April 28 – The towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott in Massachusetts are disincorporated to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 28, 1938

  • News 1944 - September 9 - The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" ravaged the east coast.
    The storm killed 22 persons and caused 63 million dollars damage in the Chesapeake Bay area, then besieged New England killing 390 persons and...Read MORE...


  • News 1946 - November 13 - General Electric scientists produced snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires in the first modern day cloud seeding experiment.

    The Weather Channel
    November 13, 1946

  • News 1954 - August 31 - Hurricane Carol swept across eastern New England killing sixty persons and causing 450 million dollars damage. It was the first of three hurricanes to affect New England that year.

    WeatherForYou.com
    August 31, 1954

  • News 1955 - August 19-20 - Rivers throughout Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut overflow, causing millions of dollars damage.

    oldewebster.com
    August 19, 1955

  • 1957 - Massachusetts Turnpike opened

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  •  Massachusetts, USA
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  • News The Blizzard of 1978
    Almost 100 years after the blizzard of 1888, Massachusetts survived the blizzard of 1978. The storm itself lasted from February 5 to February 7, and...Read MORE...




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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Main Street Arch, Springfield, Mass.
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

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The Square, Wrentham, Massachusetts (1906)
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Main Street looking West, Worthington, Mass.
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  • 1497 - John Cabot reaches present day Massachusetts

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1614 - John Smith sailed along the coast of Massachusetts. He wrote a book, A Description of New England, which guided settlers to the Massachusetts region.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1620 - The Pilgrims left England on the Mayflower and landed in the New World at Plymouth. Before leaving the ship, they drew up the Mayflower Compact

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1638 - Massachusetts set up the first library in the colonies.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1641 - The Body of Liberties, the first code of laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was established.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1647 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony ordered that elementary schools be established in all towns where there were more than 50 families.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth. The General Court recognized that the Indians have a just right to land possession and a true right to be there based on Genesis 1 and 28, Chapter 9, 1, and Psalms 115:16.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • In 1659, the Massachusetts General Court declared the celebration of Christmas to be a criminal offense.
    The Puritans were attempting to suppress the excesses of the season which included rowdy public displays of eating and drinking, mockery of... Read MORE...

  • 1684 - King Charles II cancelled the colonial charter of Massachusetts.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1686 - King James established a government in Massachusetts. He made Sir Edmond Andros the governor of the colony.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1690 - The battle of Quebec was fought between the colonies of New France (ruled by France) and Massachusetts Bay (ruled by England). It lasted from October 16 through October 24 and resulted in a French victory.
  • News  1722 - July 25 - The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.

    www.onthisday.com
    July 25, 1722
  • News  1727 - October 29 - Severe earthquake in New England

    onthisday.com
    October 29, 1727
  • News  1749 - June 25 - A general fast was called on account of drought in Massachusetts. It was the year of the famous dry spring in which fields and villages burned.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 25, 1749
  • 1775 - First battle of American Revolution fought at Lexington and Concord; Paul Revere made famous ride; first ship of U.S. Navy commissioned

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  1780 - May 19 - The infamous "dark day" in New England tradition. At noon it was nearly as dark as night. Chickens went to roost, and many persons were fearful of divine wrath. The phenomena was caused by forest fires to the west of New England.

    WeatherForYou.com
    May 19, 1780
  • 1787 - The first cotton mill in the United States is built in Massachusetts.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1788 - Massachusetts became sixth U S. state

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  1803 - May 8 - A freak spring storm produced heavy snow from southern Indiana to New England. The storm made sleighing possible in Massachusetts, but also ruined shade trees in Philadelphia.

    WeatherForYou.com
    May 8, 1803
  • News  1815 - September 23 - One of the greatest hurricanes to strike New England made landfall at Long Island and crossed Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
    It was the worst tempest in nearly two hundred years.
    WeatherForYou.com
    September 23, 1815
  • News  1816 - September 27 - A black frost over most of New England kills unripened corn in the north resulting in a year of famine.

    WeatherForYou.com
    September 27, 1816
  • 1820 - Massachusetts and Maine separated

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • 1833 - Constitutional amendment separated church and state, Puritanism in government ended

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • 1847 - NECCO (New England Confectionery Company) wafers were first produced in 1847 in Massachusetts
  • 1852 - Massachusetts became the first state to require that all children must attend school.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1860's - Massachusetts sent over 160,000 troops to battle in Civil War

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  1868 - The Legislature of Massachusetts, during its late session, incorporated twenty-five manufacturing companies, with an aggregate capital of $4,375,000.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 11, 1868
  • The Great Blizzard of 1888
    This storm was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. 20-60 inches all along New England, with... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Massachusetts
    Massachusetts, one of the Eastern or New England states, and one of the original thirteen states of the American Union, is bounded on the N. by... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - Marconi sends and receives the first wireless transatlantic communication
    One hundred years ago on Saturday, a young Italian inventor named Guglielmo Marconi stood on a sandy bluff on Cape Cod and sent a 54-word greeting... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - You didn’t need a license or plates to drive in Massachusetts until 1903.
    Before that, all you needed was a set of wheels.
    www.onlyinyourstate.com/massachusetts/interesting-history-facts-ma/
  • 1907 - First motorized fire wagon developed by Knox Manufacturing Company

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  1914 - July 29 – In Massachusetts, the new Cape Cod Canal opens; it shortens the trip between New York and Boston by 66 miles, but also turns Cape Cod into an island

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 29, 1914
  • News  1922 - April 13 – The State of Massachusetts opens all public offices to women.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 13, 1922
  • News  1938 - April 28 – The towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott in Massachusetts are disincorporated to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 28, 1938
  • News  1938 - Sept. 21 - The Great Hurricane brought terror to large parts of New England.
    A great hurricane smashed into Long Island and bisected New England causing a massive forest blow down and widespread flooding. Winds gusted to 186 mph at Blue Hill MA, and a storm surge of nearly thirty feet caused extensive flooding along the coast of Rhode Island. The hurricane killed 600... Read MORE...

  • News  1944 - September 9 - The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" ravaged the east coast.
    The storm killed 22 persons and caused 63 million dollars damage in the Chesapeake Bay area, then besieged New England killing 390 persons and... Read MORE...

  • News  1946 - November 13 - General Electric scientists produced snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires in the first modern day cloud seeding experiment.

    The Weather Channel
    November 13, 1946
  • News  1954 - August 31 - Hurricane Carol swept across eastern New England killing sixty persons and causing 450 million dollars damage. It was the first of three hurricanes to affect New England that year.

    WeatherForYou.com
    August 31, 1954
  • News  1955 - August 19-20 - Rivers throughout Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut overflow, causing millions of dollars damage.

    oldewebster.com
    August 19, 1955
  • 1957 - Massachusetts Turnpike opened

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  The Blizzard of 1978
    Almost 100 years after the blizzard of 1888, Massachusetts survived the blizzard of 1978. The storm itself lasted from February 5 to February 7, and... Read MORE...

Massachusetts, USA Genealogy

Genealogy Resources for Massachusetts

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007).

Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910

"Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Berkshire County, Massachusetts". New York: Lewis Pub. Co., 1906

List of Persons Whose Names Have Been Changed in Massachusetts 1780 - 1883 By Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State, Massachusetts Dept. of the State Secretary, Henry Bailey Peirce, Massachusetts General Court, Published 1885, Wright and Potter Printing Company, state printers

Author: Cole, Ernest Byron
Description: The descendants of James Cole of Plymouth 1633 : also a record of the families of Lieutenant Thomas Burnham of Ipswich, 1635, Lieutenant Edward Winship of Cambridge, 1635, and Simon Huntington of Norwich, England, 1635 : with a complete record of the Cole, Coole, and Cowle families of America in the Revolution. The Burnham, Huntington and Winship Families Family records Index Revolutionary records Other Cole Families in America First Generation Historical Contents Front matter Title page. New York: Grafton Press, 1908.

Index to the Probate Records of Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Worcester County MA Archives - Army Enlistees - WWII Enlistment
ftp.rootsweb.ancestry.com/pub/usgenweb/ma/worcester/military/ww2/enlistment/

Cape Cod history and literature - capecodhistory.us

www.ma-vitalrecords.org/

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Abstracts of Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Records, 1687-1745

Massachusetts Vital Records, 1911–1915 (From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.)

1865 Massachusetts Census

1855 Massachusetts Census

An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845

A Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts, with Numerous Illustrations Rev. Elias Nason, M.A.; revised and enlarged by George J. Varney. Boston: B.B. Russell. 1890, 724 pages

Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

netronline.com/mass_lookup.htm

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