Genealogical Research

Genealogical Research

Vital records (births, marriages, deaths) have been registered in Massachusetts since 1635. 

 

Hanover records from 1727 - 1840

Hanover's collection of vital records begins in 1727, the year of our incorporation.  Statewide collection began in 1841, so Hanover-based records from 1727 - 1841 are only available in Hanover. You can read and research those records on-line in "Dwelley", which is archived and found here:  https://archive.org/details/copyofrecordsofb1727dwel .  Certified copies of Hanover records from 1727 - 1840 are available from the Town of Hanover for $10 each; please allow a month's fulfillment time because the work is done by generous volunteers with varying work schedules.

 

Hanover records 1841 - 1925

Records for births, marriages or deaths that occurred from 1841-1925 are available at the State Archives or in Hanover (the latter only if the subject was a Hanover resident or the event occurred in Hanover).  The State Archives is located at 220 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125, and their phone number is (617) 727-2816. You may search their indexes in person after registering as a researcher, copy microfilmed original documents (also after registering), or research on-line at https://www.familysearch.org/search (open to anyone with a computer!). Certified copies of their records are available from the Archives by request for $3 each; please allow a week’s fulfillment time. 

"Dwelley" covers 1727 - 1857, and is found on-line here: https://archive.org/details/copyofrecordsofb1727dwel .  Certified copies of all of the 1841 - 1925 records are available from the Town of Hanover for $10 each; please allow a month's fulfillment time because the work is done by generous volunteers with varying work schedules.

 

Hanover records 1926 - present

The Registry of Vital Records maintains the original birth, death and marriage records that have occurred in Massachusetts from 1926 to the present.  The Registry of Vital Records is located at 150 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA  02125, and their phone number is (617) 740-2600.  You may search their on-line, microfilm and paper indexes in person during limited hours and for a fee of $9 per hour.  You may also submit records requests same day/over the counter for certified copies for $20 per copy.  When the Hanover Town Clerk’s Office is open, certified copies of Hanover residents’ records that occurred from 1926 to the present may be obtained same day/over the counter for $10 each. Please fill out a request form upon your arrival at the office, and provide all related requested information.

In the case of birth or death records, the city or town of occurrence will also have a certified copy.You can go to that city or town and get same day service when they are open.

On-line requests for records from 1926 to the present can be processed for an additional fee through an independent company that the Registry has partnered with—VitalChek. VitalChek may be reached through its website, www.vitalchek.com . Vitalchek will process orders for certified copies via the Internet. Orders will be processed within seven to ten business days of receipt, or next business day delivery for an additional charge.

 

Additional links:

Resources for Genealogists - National Archives

Ellis Island - Gateway to Passenger Records