Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester MA 02125-3105
(next to the Bayside Expo Center)
Probate records are available from the Massachusetts State Archives and some other sources.
Old (1600 and 1700s) probate records can be found at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. The Phillips Library of P.E.M. has microfilm of the Essex County Probate Record Books through 1881 with indexes, and through 1914 with docket books. Their address and other Information can be found at their website: http://www.pem.org
Southern District (All towns except Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover.) Essex Deeds 32 Federal St. Salem, MA 01970 Phone: (978) 741-0200
There are two surviving Massachusetts State Censuses for Essex County. They are available on microfilm from LDS Libraries. The LDS film numbers are listed below.
1855 Census - Amesbury to Gloucester / 0953978
1865 Census - Amesbury to Gloucester / 0953971
Cemeteries in Gloucester The Cemetery Advisory Committee has developed a brochure to explain and describe Gloucester's cemeteries. The brochure states "burial grounds are a place of honored history. The condition of the gravestones is a result of time and the effects of weathering. Preserve these sites for future generations by treating them with respect. Please do not sit or lean on the gravestones. Rubbings are not allowed. "
Under the direction of the Gloucester Historical Commission, a Historic Burial Ground Committee was established in 2003. This Committee has undertaken a number of projects and has established a tax deductible fund to be used to inventory the burial grounds as well as improve, repair and stabilize memorial stones and markers. It works closely with the Cemetery Advisory Committee. For more complete information on this, click here please.
The followings is a list of all city owned cemeteries in Gloucester
Bay View Cemetery Established in 1728, it is located between 903 - 919 Washington St. and is the third oldest cemetery
Beechbrook Cemetery Beechbrook is an active cemetery and dates back to 1878. It is located at 401 Essex Avenue. Beechbrook contains the "fisherman rest" section which was established by John Hays Hammond and the City's Veteran section.
Bray Street Cemetery Established in 1820, it is located at 379 Essex Avenue.
Cherry Hill Cemetery This cemetery dates to 1865. It is located at 13-19 Marsh Street, adjacent to Addison Gilbert Hospital.
Cove Hill Cemetery Cove Hill, or the Old Lanesville Cemetery was established in 1720. It is located at the rear of 1052 Washington St. about 5 miles from the junction of Rte. 127 and 128 in Lanesville. This cemetery has been restored and is beautiful and tranquil and has wonderful examples of grave stones dating from 1729.
Dolliver Memorial Cemetery This cemetery was established in 1996 and is located at 13-15 Lincoln St., off Essex Avenue.
First Parish First Parish Cemetery Also known as Bridge Street, this cemetery dates to 1640 and is located at 122 Centennial Avenue. Located in back of First Parish is Clark Cemetery established in 1840/1860. It is only accessible by walking through First Parish. Here may be found many of Gloucester's Civil War veterans.
The First Parish Burial Ground on Centennial Ave. is the city’s oldest cemetery. Established in 1644 it was at the center of the earliest settlement on Cape Ann. It was located next to the Meeting House, long since gone. There are approximately 300 stones in the yard, most in very bad condition. The earliest dated stone is 1711. The last burial in the yard was in 1925.
Magnolia Cemetery was established in 1850 and is located in the Magnolia section of the city at 61 Magnolia Avenue.
Prospect Street Cemetery Dating back to 1837, this cemetery is located at 18-22 Prospect St.
Seaside Cemetery This is an active cemetery established in 1900. It is located at 94 Langsford Street in the Lanesville section of Gloucester.
Second Parish Cemetery Established in 1720, this cemetery is located off Concord Street. It is a difficult 1/8th of a mile walk into the woods and is hard to find. There are few stones remaining.
Sumner Street Cemetery Established in 1850, this cemetery is located at 42 Sumner Street, off Essex Avenue.
Calvary Cemetery This cemetery was established in 1890 and is owned by the Catholic Church. It is located at 151 Eastern Avenue.
Mt. Adnah Cemetery This cemetery, formally known as "Jakes Hill" consists of 5.12 acres which were purchased by Annisquam Village members as a burial ground in 1848. The first person buried was David Lane who died in 1848. The name Adnah was selected because the Hebrew translation means "rest or testimony eternal". The Cemetery was incorporated in 1860 and in 1890 the Annisquam & Bay View Civil War monument was dedicated to the Bay View and Annisquam men who served in the Civil War from 1861-1865. Nine men from Bay View lost their lives in the Civil War and their names are inscribed on the monument.
Mt. Jacob Cemetery This Jewish Cemetery was established in 1913 on Fernald Rd. near 493 Essex Avenue.
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Mt. Pleasant is a 19th century cemetery located at 25 Mt. Pleasant Avenue.
Oak Grove Cemetery Established in 1855, this cemetery is located at 177 Washington Street.
Oak Hill Cemetery This cemetery is owned by the Catholic Church and is located at 45 Poplar Street. Map Location Number 20 Proctor Family Cemetery This cemetery is located next to 488 Essex Avenue.
Proctor Universalist Cemetery Universalist Burial Ground Located at R. 25 Church Street.
Washington Cemetery Established in 1839. It is located at 108 Western Avenue.
Wesleyan Cemetery Located at 15 Wesleyan Street, off of Wheeler Street, this cemetery was established in 1865.
New England Historic Genealogical Society provides a database for researchers. The contact person there is Sam Sturgis.
Click here to go directly to the Gloucester information.
Note: The Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester Archive and Cape Ann Historical Museum all have copies of the Project CDs as well as hard copies of the inventories complete with photographs of the stones and markers.
Gloucester consists of an urban core on the north side of the harbor and the outlying neighborhoods of Annisquam, Bay View, Lanesville, Folly Cove, Magnolia, Riverdale, East Gloucester and West Gloucester.