Resources

History and Traditions of Marblehead – Samuel Roads, Jr.

One of the earliest books of Marblehead’s history is History and Traditions of Marblehead, by Samuel Roads, Jr. First published in 1879, there are multiple editions. It is now freely available for downloading in various electronic book formats at https://archive.org/details/historytradition00road

Marblehead – The Spirit of ’76 Lives Here – Priscilla Lord and Virginia Gamage

A very readable history of Marblehead and description of its neighborhoods and their history, published in 1972. Unfortunately, out of print, but available in many libraries and on-line for purchase at sites such as Amazon

Massachusetts Historical Commission

The Massachusetts Historical Commission, established in 1963, is an agency of the Massachusetts state government that helps preserve historical and archaeological assets in Massachusetts. The Commission’s staff of historians, architects, archaeologists, geographers, and preservation planners administers the state’s preservation programs through its Preservation Planning, Grants, and Technical Services Divisions. The Commission also maintains the MACRIS database, an invaluable resource for historians and planners (see below). Marblehead works closely with the Massachusetts Historical Commission on preservation efforts within the Town. For more information on the Massachusetts Historical Commission, see: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcidx.htm

MACRIS Database

The Massachusetts Historical Commission maintains a database of historical buildings, structures, and areas in the Commonwealth. This database, the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) allows you to search for information on historic properties and areas in the Commonwealth. It can be accessed via the internet at http://mhc-macris.net

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. For more information, see: https://www.nps.gov/nr/about.htm

Naval History and Heritage Command

The Naval History and Heritage Command maintains archives and museums devoted to the naval history of the United States. The online archives contain a wealth of information about the naval history of Marblehead. For more information, see: https://www.history.navy.mil

Old Burial Hill

Web site with information and grave listings: http://www.oldburialhill.org/
Old Burial Cemetery Archives: http://www.marblehead.org/index.aspx?NID=1104

Marblehead Vital Records

Vol. 1 – Births to the Year 1849: https://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofma01marb
Vol. 2 – Marriages and Deaths to the Year 1849: https://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofma02marb

Glover’s Regiment

http://www.gloversregiment.org/

Salem Registry of Deeds

Land records from the 1600’s to the present day:  http://salemdeeds.com/salemdeeds/Default2.aspx

Marblehead in the Year 1700 by Sidney Perley

Link to the Marblehead Museum transcription of the Essex Institute published work by Sidney Perley describing land titles as they existed in 1700: Marblehead in the Year 1700 with maps

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