Historic Maps

Registry of Deeds Historical Atlases Salem 1874, 1890-1903, 1897, 1906-1938, 1911 Select “searches” from the menu bar to the left. Select “atlases” and choose the desired town from the drop-down menu. Historic Districts Salem Use this map to locate Salem’s historic districts.

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Digitized Books

Early Salem 1624-1700 A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England, John Farmer (1829) A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England showing Three Generations of Those Who Came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer’s Register (1860) Vol. 1, A-C     Vol. 2, D-J     Vol. 3, K-R    Vol. 4, S-Z Annals of Salem (1845) Vol. 1   Vol. 2 Winthrop’s Journal: History of New England, 1630-1649 (1908) Vol. 1, 1630-1640       Vol. 2, 1640-49

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Captain Joseph White

At the time of Captain Joseph White’s murder in 1830, Salem Massachusetts was one of the largest ports in the United States.  The town was known for its maritime trade, and many of its citizens had made a great deal of money in that business. Captain Joseph White was one such citizen.  He had made a large fortune in trade (including the slave trade) and had also contributed other types of work to the city of Salem (he was on

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The Peabody Sisters

The Peabody sisters were central figures in the structure of modern education, founders of the kindergarten movement, and critical members of the Transcendentalism movement. Though each woman’s individual accomplishments were impressive, they were even stronger as a team and strengthened each other all their lives. The sisters were also closely tied to important male figures, supporting and furthering the careers of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Horace Mann, and Henry David Thoreau. The Peabody sisters grew up alongside two brothers and were raised

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) is one of the most celebrated American authors from Salem, Massachusetts. Among his most famous works are The Scarlet Letter (1850), Young Goodman Brown (1835) and The House of Seven Gables (1851). The actual House of Seven Gables, which is a historical landmark, still operates in Salem today. Throughout his life, he would move between Salem, Concord and Lenox, Massachusetts, returning to Salem for various reasons. Loosely involved with the Transcendentalists,

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The Peabody Sisters

The Peabody sisters were central figures in the structure of modern education, founders of the kindergarten movement, and central figures of Transcendentalism. Though each woman’s individual accomplishments were impressive, they were even stronger as a team and strengthened each other all their lives. The sisters were also closely tied to important male figures, supporting and furthering the careers of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Horace Mann, and Henry David Thoreau. The Peabody sisters grew up alongside two brothers and were raised by their

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Sarah Parker Remond

Born in Salem, Mass in 1826, died in Rome, Italy in 1894 Daughter of John Remond and Nancy Lenox Sarah Parker Remond (1826-94) was born in Salem and was the daughter of John Remond and Nancy Lenox.  John Remond was a free person of color who was brought from Curacao at the age of 10.  Her mother, Nancy, was born in Newton, the daughter of a Revolutionary War veteran.   Financial security for the family was provided by successful food catering

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I couldn’t find it on Ancestry.com? Try the Massachusetts State Archives.

Massachusetts Archives Division The Massachusetts Archives holds the official records created by Massachusetts state government. Holdings are organized by agency and date from 1629 to the present. Click here to access general information about the state archives including address, directions and hours. Genealogy Research Included in the Archives’ holdings Passenger Lists Vital Records: Pre-1841 Vital Records: 1841-1920 Vital Records: Post-1920 Census Schedules Military Records The Massachusetts Archives Collection Papers Relating to Maine Records of State Institutions Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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Newspapers on Microfilm available at the Salem Public Library

Boston Gazette December 12, 1719 – September 17, 1798 Boston Globe March 4, 1872 – December 31, 1900 January – December 1914 January 1, 1948 – Boston Newsletter October 1, 1705 – February 29, 1776 Impartial Register (includes Essex Register and Salem Register) May 12, 1800 – December 30, 1820 Salem (Evening) News October 16, 1880 – Salem Gazette February 3, 1795 – June 23, 1797 January 1820 – December 1839 October 17, 1892 – August 1908 Salem Mercury October

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Captain John Bertram

Born: February 11, Salem, MA Died: March 22, 1882, Salem, MA John Bertram was born Feb. 11, 1796 to Jean Bertram and Marie Bertram née Perchard in the parish of St. Savior, on the Island of Jersey. The island is one of the Channel Islands of the coast of Normandy, France. The Bertram family were middle class farmers who felt the prospects for their 6 children would be better in America. The family embarked from Jersey in July 1807 for Baltimore

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