Maps of Marblehead

Historical maps of Marblehead that have been featured in the Mapping Marblehead exhibits are listed on the “Mapping Marblehead Exhibit – Explore the Maps” page. For a current map of Marblehead with property lines, see the the Marblehead GIS website.

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

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

Marblehead Messenger and Reporter Newspapers – search site established by Abbot Public Library

Search Marblehead Messengers from 1871 until 1976; Marblehead Reporters from 1966 to 1976. For newspapers after 1976, Marblehead Reporters must be searched at Abbot Public Library.

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:

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

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:

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:

Old Burial Hill

Web site with information and grave listings:
Old Burial Cemetery Archives:

Marblehead Vital Records

Vol. 1 – Births to the Year 1849:
Vol. 2 – Marriages and Deaths to the Year 1849:

Glover’s Regiment

Salem Registry of Deeds

Land records from the 1600’s to the present day:

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  This is a searchable PDF, but it does not include scans of the maps.  For links to the maps, see the Mapping Marblehead Exhibit – Explore the Maps” page.

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