Researching Streets & Neighborhoods

Salem Street Histories Maps Registry of Deeds Historical Atlases; Salem 1874, 1890-1903, 1897, 1906-1938, 1911 City of Salem website: Local Historic Districts Map Use this map to find out if your house is in an historic district.   Book Sources: (found in the Salem Collection) Architecture in Salem: An Illustrated Guide by Bryant Tolles, Jr. Contains pictures and histories of houses/buildings in all sections of Salem. Salem Directories: 1836-1999 (some gaps) Yearly listing of Salem residents by address and last

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Researching Houses & Buildings

House Histories Online Resources: Essex County Register of Deeds: www.salemdeeds.com/newwebsite/ You may search deeds by date range, name, and address. It covers the years 1964-present. Registry of Deeds is located at 45 Congress St. #4100 Salem, Phone # 978-741-0201 Mass Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) When researching Salem house history, the Massachusetts Historical Commission has a database which contains many house histories for houses in Salem’s historic districts. The site can be accessed from the Massachusetts Historical Commission page or

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Researching Family History

Researching Family History Databases HeritageQuest : contains census data, family records, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage, and death records. Online Resources Vital Records to 1850: lists births, marriages and deaths for Salem to the end of the year 1849. Volume 1, Births Volume 2, Births Volume 3, Marriages Volume 4, Marriages Volume 5, Deaths Volume 6, Deaths Salem City Directories: 1836-1999 (some gaps) Yearly listing of Salem residents by address and last name. http://www.noblenet.org/salem/reference/salem-city-directories/ Essex Institute Historical

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Mary Curtis Verna

Born: May 9, 1921, Salem, MA Died: December 4, 2009, Seattle, WA Spouses: Ettore Verna, Giuseppe Basile Education: Hollins College, Roanoke, VA & Juillard, New York, NY American operatic soprano Mary Curtis-Verna was born in Salem on May 9, 1921. After attending Abbot Academy (now part of Phillips Academy in Andover) she earned her bachelor’s degree in music from what was then Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. She continued her music studies at Juilliard. She began her career in Europe

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Parker Brothers

George Parker Born: December 12, 1866, Salem MA Died: September 25, 1952 Spouse: Grace Mann (m. 1896-1952) An economic mainstay of Salem, Massachusetts from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries, the Parker Brothers Game Company has left few remaining monuments despite the fact that its products included the popular board games Clue, Risk and more importantly, Monopoly, arguably the most well-known board game of all time and which is still embedded in popular culture. The Parker Brothers were

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Al Ruscio

Born: June 2, 1924, Salem, MA Died: November 12, 2013, Encino, CA Spouse: Kate Williamson (m. 1954–2013) Education: Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre Children: Elizabeth Ruscio, Nina Ruscio, Maria Ruscio, Michael Ruscio Alfred Ruscio was an American character actor who appeared in numerous television series and dozens of major motion pictures. Mr. Ruscio grew up near St. Mary’s Italian Church in the Ward 3 neighborhood of Salem. He was a news carrier in the Derby Street area and an

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