Research Aids

Local History Books:

A variety of books – both new and old – on Kingston history are available on the Library’s Gift Page.

Online Databases:

American Ancestors: The New England Historical Genealogical Society is the oldest genealogical society in the country. For over 160 years, NEHGS has helped new and experienced researchers trace their heritage in New England and around the world. NEHGS databases are now available to Kingston library card holders. It is available only in the Library.

Ancestry Library is the largest family history site with over 4 billion names in worldwide historical records, family tree services, genealogy and more.  A Kingston library card is required.

Web sites and organizations that may help you with researching Kingston history:

jrvhs logoJones River Village Historical Society: Kingston’s historical society founded in 1909; takes care of the Major John Bradford Homestead and offers many educational and social programs throughout the year.

Additional resources:



Evergreen Cemetery Association
Green Street
Kingston, MA 02364
Boston City Archives
201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
Kingston Historical Commission
Town Hall
26 Evergreen Street
Kingston, MA 02364
Massachusetts Probate Courts
Plymouth Probate Court
11 South Russell Street
Plymouth, MA 02360(508) 747-6204
Kingston Town Clerk
Town Hall
26 Evergreen Street
Kingston, MA 02364
Massachusetts Registry of Deeds
Plymouth Registry
Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02361-3535
(508) 830-9200
(508) 830-9280 (FAX)
General Society of Mayflower Descendants
PO Box 3297, 4 Winslow Street
Plymouth, MA 02361
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Parting Ways
Parting Ways, in Plymouth, was the name of one of America’s earliest free black settlements. In 1792, four black Revolutionary War veterans were rewarded for their military service by being granted 106 acres at a fork in the road leading out of Plymouth to Kingston. Information can also be found on the Plymouth Colony Archive Project.
Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records & Statistics
150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Pilgrim Society/Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.
PO Box 215
Ashland, MA 01721-0125
Plimoth Plantation Research Library
Route 3A
Plymouth, MA 02360
Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants
100 Boylston St., Suite 750
Boston, MA 02116
Plymouth Ancestors
Plimoth Plantation and the New England Historic Genealogical Society have joined together to provide the most up-to-date genealogical information on the inhabitants of the Plymouth Colony in 1627.
Massachusetts State Archives
220 Morrisey Blvd., Columbia Pt.
Dorchester, MA 02125
Plymouth Colony Archive Project
Presents a collection of searchable texts, including court records, colony laws, 17thcentury text, biographical profiles of selected colonists, wills, probate inventories and much more. Developed by the late James Deetz, author of In Small Things Forgotten and The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love and Death in Plymouth Colony.
Massachusetts State Library
State House Room 341
Boston, MA 02133
Plymouth County Registry of Deeds & Probate
11 Russell Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
National Archives at Boston
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452-6399
1-866-329-6465 [toll free]
Plymouth Public Library
132 South Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Lee Regan, History Librarian
New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Plymouth Cordage Historical Society
10 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth, MA 02360


Additional sites of interest:

Davistown Museum
This is a regional history, tool, and art museum located in the hill country of central coastal Maine. The museum has a wealth of information, particularly on C. Drew and Company tools, which were made here in Kingston.