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With its deep, historic roots in U.S. history, the state of Massachusetts is located in the New England region of the United States bordering the Atlantic Ocean. With a total area of 10,555 square miles, this state measures approximately 183 miles in width by 113 miles in length. Massachusetts was the 6th state admitted to the Union on February 6, 1788. The state's climate is considered to be a humid continental climate, offering warm summers and cold, snowy winters. Though the winters are less extreme on the coastline, Massachusetts does experience cases of extreme weather at times including summer thunderstorms, and hurricanes and tornadoes at other times during the year. Massachusetts is most well known as the home of many prominent politicians, most notably the Kennedy family and the Adams family. In addition, Plymouth, the second permanent English settlement in North America, dominated the New England region for many years. Massachusetts history also includes the infamous Salem Witch Trials.


Nicknames : Bay State, Old Colony State

Capitol : Boston

Largest City (by population) : Boston

Largest City (by area) : Plymouth

Largest County (by population) : Middlesex County

Total Area (square miles) : 10555

Admitted to Union : February 6, 1788

Time Zone : Eastern

State Flower : Mayflower

State Tree : American Elm

State Bird : Black-capped Chickadee

Major Industries : biotechnology, tourism, tobacco, livestock, fruits, tree nuts, berries

Major Companies : Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, Raytheon, Staples


  • The first subway system in the United States was constructed in Boston in the year 1897.
  • Four U.S. Presidents including John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush, were born in Norfolk County.
  • There is a house in Rockport built entirely of newspaper.
  • The country's first basketball game was played at Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • The Fig Newton is named after the city of Newton, Massachusetts.

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2 Comment(s)Last comment at 2013-12-04 16:45 GMT

How much for a copy of my fathers death cert.Can I come down to pick up ?
Answer 2013-12-04 16:45 GMT
Iam a Massachusettes native.I need to track down my name change documents from when my mother was divorced and changed my name back to her maiden. Currently using an I.D. with my birth name and cannot get a driver license without these.Would I get them threw public records?
Answer 2012-08-09 02:29 GMT

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Barnstable County Public Records - Cemeteries Edit

Directory of Cemetery records within Barnstable County.
Physical Address:
Barnstable County Department of Health Route 6A A Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630
Contact: P: 508.362.2511

Barnstable County Public Records - Barnstable County Official Website Edit

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Physical Address:
Barnstable County Commissioners P.O. Box 427 3195 Main Street Superior Courthouse Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630
Contact: P: 508.375.6648 F: 508.362.4136

Iam a Massachusettes native.I need to track down my name change documents from when my mother was divorced and changed my name back to her maiden. Currently using an I.D. with my birth name and cannot get a driver license without these.Would I get them threw public records?
Answer 2012-08-09 02:29 GMT

Berkshire County Public Records - Cemeteries Edit

Directory of cemetery records within Berkshire County.
Physical Address:
Berkshire County Vital Records 44 Bank Row Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Contact: P: 413.442.6941

Berkshire County Public Records - Banking And Business Edit

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Physical Address:
Berkshire County Chamber of Commerce 75 North St., Suite 360 Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Contact: P: 413.499.4000 F: 413.447.9641 E: info@berkshirechamber.com

Bristol County Public Records - Bristol County Official Website Edit

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Physical Address:
Bristol County Commissioners 9 Court St. Taunton, Massachusetts 02780
Contact: P: 508.824.9681

Bristol County Public Records - Cemeteries Edit

Directory of cemetery records within Bristol County.
Physical Address:
Bristol County Probate Court 11 Court St. Taunton, Massachusetts 02780
Contact: P: 508.824.4004

Dukes County Public Records - Dukes County Official Website Edit

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Physical Address:
Dukes County Manager P.O. Box 190 9 Airport Rd. Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539
Contact: P: 508.696.3840 F: 508.696.3841

Dukes County Public Records - Cemeteries Edit

Directory of cemetery records within Dukes County.
Physical Address:
Dukes County Probate Court 81 Main St. Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539
Contact: P: 781.627.4703

Essex County Public Records - Recorded Documents (Northern District) Edit

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Physical Address:
Essex County Registry of Deeds (North) 354 Merrimack St., Suite 304 Lawrence, Massachusetts 01843
Contact: P: 978.683.2745 F: 978.681.5409

Essex County Public Records - Recorded Documents (Southern District) Edit

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Physical Address:
Essex County Registry of Deeds (South) 45 Congress St., Suite 4100 Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Contact: P: 978.542.1700 F: 978.744.7679

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