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Essex County, MA Public Records

Superior Court - Salem
34 Federal St
Salem, MA 01970 www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudg...
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-744-5500
F: 978-741-0691
No credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Civil Actions over $25,000
Restricted Records: Impounded cases are not released
Superior Court - Lawrence
43 Appleton Way
Lawrence, MA 01840
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-687-7463 x4
F: 978-687-7869
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions over $25,000
Restricted Records: No impounded records released
Index cards records prior to 1985 are found in the Salem office; criminal records also in Salem Court.
Superior Court - Newburyport
145 High St
Newburyport, MA 01950 www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudg...
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-462-4474
F: 978-462-0432
No credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Civil Actions over $25,000
Restricted Records: No impounded records released
All finished criminal record files are in Salem and civil case records Session A in Salem, Session B in Newburyport and Session C & D in Lawrence. This court suggest to search at the main office in Salem.
Haverhill District Court
PO Box 1389
Haverhill, MA 01831
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-373-4151
F: 978-521-6886
No credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No juvenile, sealed cases, confidential records released
Includes Boxford, Bradford, Georgetown, Groveland, and Haverhill. Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Ipswich District Court
188 State St
Newburyport, MA 01950
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-462-2652
F: 978-462-5641
No credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No juvenile records released
Includes Hamilton, Ipswich, Topsfield, and Wenham.
Lawrence District Court
2 Appleton St.
Lawrence, MA 01840 www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudg...
Hours: 8AM-1:30PM; 3:30-4:30PM EST
P: 978-687-7184
F: 978-687-0794
Major credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No medical, police reports, impounded, juvenile records released
Includes Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover. Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Lynn District Court
580 Essex St
Lynn, MA 01901 www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudg...
Hours: 8AM-3:30PM EST
P: 781-598-5200
F: 781-598-4350
No credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No juvenile, impounded or sealed records released
Includes Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott.
Newburyport District Court 22
188 State St
Newburyport, MA 01950
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-462-2652
F: 978-463-0438
Major credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No juvenile or impounded records released
Includes Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury.
Peabody District Court 86
1 Lowell St
Courthouse
Peabody, MA 01960 www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudg...
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-532-3100
F: 978-531-8524
Visa/MC accepted in person only, not over phone.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No juvenile or impounded records released
Includes Lynnfield and Peabody.
Salem District Court 36
65 Washington St
Salem, MA 01970 www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudg...
Hours: 8:30AM-1:30PM -3:30PM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-744-1167
F: 978-744-3211
Major credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No juvenile or impounded records released
Includes Beverly, Danvers, Manchester by the Sea, Middleton, and Salem.
Gloucester District Court
197 Main St
Gloucester, MA 01930 www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudg...
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-283-2620 x4
F: 978-283-8784
No credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No juvenile records released
Includes Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.
Northeast Housing Court
2 Appleton St
Fenton Judicial Ctr
Lawrence, MA 01840 www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudg...
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-689-7833
F: n/a
Jurisdiction: Eviction, Misdemeanor, Code Violations, Housing, Small Claims
Includes Middlesex County towns Acton, Ayer, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Maynard, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford. District courts have same case types.
Probate & Family Court
36 Federal St
Salem, MA 01970
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM EST
P: 978-744-1020
F: 978-741-2957
Jurisdiction: Probate, Domestic Relations
There is a satellite office in Lawrence (978-975-2429).

Essex County, MA Vital Records

Contact the Amesbury Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Amesbury Town
Town Clerk
62 Friend St
Town Hall
Amesbury, MA 01913
www.amesburyma.gov/government.cfm...
8AM-4PM M-TH; 5PM-8PM Th; 8AM-N F EST
Phone: 978-388-8100
Fax: 978-388-8150

Contact the Andover Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Andover Town
Town Clerk
36 Bartlet St
Andover, MA 01810
http://andoverma.gov/clerk/
8:30AM-4:30PM EST
Phone: 978-623-8255
Fax: 978-623-8260

Contact the Beverly City Office of the City Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Beverly City
City Clerk
191 Cabot St
City Hall
Beverly, MA 01915
www.beverlyma.gov/departments/cit...
8:30AM-4:30PM M,T,W; 8:30AM-7:30PM TH; 8:30AM-1PM F EST
Phone: 978-921-6000 x2325/2326/2327/2328/2329
Fax: 978-921-8511

Contact the Boxford Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Boxford Town
Town Clerk
7A Spofford Rd
Boxford, MA 01921
www.town.boxford.ma.us/Pages/Boxf...
8AM-4:30PM M-TH; Closed F EST
Phone: 978-887-6000 x151
Fax: 978-887-0943

Contact the Danvers Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Danvers Town
Town Clerk
1 Sylvan St
Town Hall
Danvers, MA 01923
www.danvers.govoffice.com/index.a...
8AM-5PM M-W; 8AM-7:30PM TH; 8AM-1:30PM F EST
Phone: 978-777-0001
Fax: 978-777-1025

Contact the Town of Essex Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Town of Essex
Town Clerk
30 Martin St
Town Hall
Essex, MA 01929
www.essexma.org/Pages/EssexMA_Cle...
7:30AM-3:30PM M-TH; Add'l hour by appointment EST
Phone: 978-768-7111
Fax: 978-768-2505

Contact the Essex County (Northern District) Office of the County Register of Deeds if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Essex County (Northern District)
County Register of Deeds
354 Merrimack St, #304 (Entry C)
Lawrence, MA 01843-1755
www.sec.state.ma.us/rod/rodnrthes...
8AM-4:30PM (recording until 4PM) EST
Phone: 978-683-2745
Fax: 978-681-5409
Recorded Documents

Contact the Essex County (Southern District) Office of the County Register of Deeds if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Essex County (Southern District)
County Register of Deeds
45 Congress St #4100
Salem, MA 01970
http://www.salemdeeds.com
8AM-4:30PM EST
Phone: 978-741-0201
Fax: 978-744-5865
Real Estate, Grantor/Grantee, Deed, Lien

Contact the Georgetown Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Georgetown Town
Town Clerk
1 Library St
Town Hall
Georgetown, MA 01833
www.georgetownma.gov/Public_Docum...
8AM-1:30PM M,W; 8AM-4PM T,TH; Closed F EST
Phone: 978-352-5711
Fax: 978-352-5725

Contact the Gloucester City Office of the City Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Gloucester City
City Clerk
9 Dale Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930
gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=16
8:30AM-4PM M-W; 8:30AM-6:30PM TH; 8:30AM-12:30PM EST
Phone: 978-281-9720
Fax: 978-282-3051

Contact the Groveland Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Groveland Town
Town Clerk
183 Main St
Town Hall
Groveland, MA 01830
www.grovelandma.com/Pages/Grovela...
9AM-4:30PM M-TH; 9AM-2PM F EST
Phone: 978-556-7200 x221
Fax: 978-469-5006

Contact the Hamilton Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Hamilton Town
Town Clerk
577 Bay Rd
Hamilton, MA 01936
www.hamiltonma.gov/Pages/Hamilton...
8AM-4:30PM EST
Phone: 978-468-5570
Fax: 978-468-2682

Contact the Haverhill City Office of the City Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Haverhill City
City Clerk
4 Summer St, Rm 118
City Hall
Haverhill, MA 01830
www.ci.haverhill.ma.us/department...
8AM-4PM EST
Phone: 978-374-2312
Fax: 978-373-8490

Contact the Ipswich Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Ipswich Town
Town Clerk
25 Green St
Town Hall
Ipswich, MA 01938
www.ipswichma.gov/index.php?optio...
8AM-7PM M; 8AM-4PM T,W,TH; 8AM-N F EST
Phone: 978-356-6600 x1016
Fax: 978-356-6616

Contact the Lawrence City Office of the City Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Lawrence City
City Clerk
200 Common St, 1st Fl, Rm 107
Lawrence, MA 01840
www.cityoflawrence.com/city-clerk...
8:30AM-4:30PM EST
Phone: 978-620-3230
Fax: 978-922-9190

Contact the Lynn City Office of the City Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Lynn City
City Clerk
3 City Hall Sq, Rm 203
Lynn, MA 01901
www.ci.lynn.ma.us/citydepartments...
8:30AM-4PM M,W,TH; 8:30AM-8PM T; 8:30AM-12:30PM F EST
Phone: 781-598-4000
Fax: 781-477-7032

Contact the Lynnfield Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Lynnfield Town
Town Clerk
55 Summer St
Town Hall
Lynnfield, MA 01940
lynnfield.patriotproperties.com/d...
8AM-4:30PM M-TH; 8AM-1PM F EST
Phone: 781-334-9400
Fax: 781-334-9469

Contact the Manchester-by-the-Sea Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Manchester-by-the-Sea Town
Town Clerk
10 Central St
Town Hall
Manchester-by-the Sea, MA 01944
www.manchester.ma.us/Pages/Manche...
9AM-5PM M-W; 9AM-8PM TH; Closed F EST
Phone: 978-526-2040
Fax: 978-526-2001

Contact the Marblehead Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Marblehead Town
Town Clerk
188 Washington St
Abbot Hall
Marblehead, MA 01945
marblehead.org/index.aspx?nid=24
8AM-5PM, M,T,TH; 8AM-6PM, W; 8AM-12:30PM F EST
Phone: 781-631-0528
Fax: 781-631-0561

Contact the Merrimac Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Merrimac Town
Town Clerk
2 School St
Town Hall
Merrimac, MA 01860
www.merrimac01860.info/Pages/Merr...
9AM-N 1PM-4PM, M,T,F; 9AM-N 1PM-7PM TH; Closed W EST
Phone: 978-346-8013
Fax: 978-346-7832

Contact the Methuen City Office of the City Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Methuen City
City Clerk
41 Pleasant St, Rm 119
Searles Bldg
Methuen, MA 01844
www.ci.methuen.ma.us/index.php/ci...
8AM-4:30PM M-TH; 8AM-N F EST
Phone: 978-983-8515
Fax: 978-983-8974

Contact the Middleton Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Middleton Town
Town Clerk
48 S Main St
Memorial Hall
Middleton, MA 01949
middleton.patriotproperties.com/d...
9AM-4PM M,W,TH; 9AM-6PM T; 9AM-1PM F EST
Phone: 978-774-6927
Fax: 978-774-6167

Contact the Nahant Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Nahant Town
Town Clerk
334 Nahant Rd
Town Hall
Nahant, MA 01908
www.nahant.org/townhall/clerk.shtml
9AM-N M EST
Phone: 781-581-0018
Fax: 781-593-0340

Contact the Newbury Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Newbury Town
Town Clerk
25 High Rd
Newbury, MA 01951
www.townofnewbury.org/Pages/Newbu...
8AM-4PM M,W,TH; 8AM-7PM T; Closed F EST
Phone: 978-465-0862 x314/315
Fax: 978-465-3064

Contact the Newburyport City Office of the City Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Newburyport City
City Clerk
60 Pleasant St
Newburyport, MA 01950
www.cityofnewburyport.com/Clerk/W...
8AM-4PM M,T,W; 8AM-8PM TH; 8AM-N F EST
Phone: 978-465-4407
Fax: 978-462-7936

Contact the North Andover Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

North Andover Town
Town Clerk
120 Main St
North Andover, MA 01845
www.townofnorthandover.com/Pages/...
8:30AM-4:30PM M,W,TH; 8AM-6PM T; 8AM-N F EST
Phone: 978-688-9501/9500
Fax: 978-688-9557

Contact the Peabody City Office of the City Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Peabody City
City Clerk
24 Lowell St
City Hall
Peabody, MA 01960
www.peabody-ma.gov/city_clerk.html
8:30AM-4PM M-W; 8:30AM-7PM TH; 8:30AM-12:30PM F EST
Phone: 978-538-5956
Fax: 978-538-5985

Contact the Rockport Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Rockport Town
Town Clerk
34 Broadway
Town Office Bldg
Rockport, MA 01966
www.townofrockport.com/cfml/jobfu...
8AM-4PM M,W,TH; 8AM-6PM T; 8AM-1PM F EST
Phone: 978-546-6894
Fax: 978-546-5018

Contact the Rowley Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Rowley Town
Town Clerk
139 Main St
Rowley, MA 01969
town.rowley.ma.us/common/index.ph...
1PM-8PM M, 8AM-4:30PM W, 8AM-N T,TH,F EST
Phone: 978-948-2081
Fax: 978-948-2162

Contact the Salem City Office of the City Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Salem City
City Clerk
93 Washington St
City Hall
Salem, MA 01970
www.salem.com/Pages/SalemMA_Clerk...
8AM-4PM M-W; 8AM-7PM TH; 8AM-N F EST
Phone: 978-745-9595 x5611/5614
Fax: 978-740-9209

Contact the Salisbury Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Salisbury Town
Town Clerk
5 Beach Rd
Salisbury, MA 01952
www.salisburyma.gov/clerk.html
8:30AM-6PM M, 8:30AM-4PM T-TH; 8:30AM-1PM F EST
Phone: 978-462-7591/1145
Fax: 978-462-4176

Contact the Saugus Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Saugus Town
Town Clerk
298 Central St
Town Hall
Saugus, MA 01906
www.saugus-ma.gov/Pages/SaugusMA_...
8:30AM-7PM M; 8:15AM-5PM T-TH; 8:15AM-12:30PM F EST
Phone: 781-231-4101
Fax: 781-231-4109

Contact the Swampscott Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Swampscott Town
Town Clerk
22 Monument Ave
Town Hall
Swampscott, MA 01907
www.town.swampscott.ma.us/Public_...
8AM-4:30PM M-TH; 8AM-N F EST
Phone: 781-596-8855
Fax: 781-596-8870

Contact the Topsfield Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Topsfield Town
Town Clerk
8 W Common St
Town Hall
Topsfield, MA 01983
www.topsfield-ma.gov/townclerk/in...
8AM-4PM M-TH; 8AM-N Fri EST
Phone: 978-887-1505
Fax: 978-887-1507

Contact the Wenham Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Wenham Town
Town Clerk
138 Main St
Town Hall
Wenham, MA 01984
www.wenhamma.gov/dpts_bds_comms/c...
9AM-4:30PM M,W,TH; 9AM-7PM T; 9AM-1PM F EST
Phone: 978-468-5520 x1
Fax: 978-468-8014

Contact the West Newbury Town Office of the Town Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

West Newbury Town
Town Clerk
381 Main St
1910 Office Building
West Newbury, MA 01985
www.wnewbury.org/pages/WestNewbur...
8AM-4:30PM M-TH; 8AM-N F EST
Phone: 978-363-1100 x110
Fax: 978-363-1117

Official Essex County Vital Certificates

Essex County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are official hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Essex County Information

Essex County, Massachusetts was founded in 1626. Salem shares the county seat with Lawrence. Salem was once a busy, influential seaport—in fact, Congress declared it the first national historic site in the United States—but its real claim to lasting fame has been the Salem Witch Trials.

Salem has been the backdrop for things dark and frightening. Books like The Crucible exploited the cruelty and fear of the era; but the town's lighter side was seen on television's Bewitched. A comedy about a 20th Century witch, the show poked good-natured fun at Salem, and in response, the town began using the image of "Samantha" on much of their signage.

Now there are plenty of things to do in Essex County besides read about witches and cemeteries. Essex National Heritage Area is a mere 10 miles from Boston. It sits right on the coast and offers miles and miles of gorgeous beaches and craggy cliffs just perfect for climbing and picnicking. If you're a shopper, you'll be impressed with the plethora of boutiques, quaint shops, quirky art galleries, and the many restaurants that offer up yummy Yankee concoctions and fresh seafood.

The area is steeped in history—you can visit the House of Seven Gables one day and the Lawrence Hydroelectric Center the next. You won't have to worry about what to do so much as you'll have to try to figure out how much you can do. You can enjoy a hot night on the town because there are a host of clubs that offer dancing and live music; or you can take in a gourmet meal and then head to the theater. Whatever you want, the best of Essex County is within your grasp, so what are you waiting for? Come see for yourself.

Essex County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 500.67 sq mi
Population (2009): 742,582
  • Females: 51.5%
  • White: 89.1%
  • Black/African American: 5.4%
  • Asian: 3.2%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 15.0%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 78.2%
Population Change (2000-2009): 19,161
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 11.3%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 19.4%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 9.4%
High School Graduates (2000): 84.6%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 31.3%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.57
Housing Units (2000): 287,144
Homeownership Rate (2000): 63.5%
Migration Flow to Essex County, MA from (2007-2008):

Essex County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $20,194,637
  • Construction: $1,208,044
  • Retail Trade: $1,376,888
  • Professional and Technical Services: $2,265,827
  • Healthcare: $2,643,271
  • Banking: $939,329
  • Retail Trade: $1,376,888
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $535,774
  • Manufacturing: $4,179,856
  • Farms: $9,186
  • Government: $2,436,778
Employed (2000): 349,835
Unemployed (2000): 16,880
Unemployment Rate (2009): 9.0%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $48,429
Local Government Employment (2007): 27,853
Local Government Revenue (2007): $2,119,863 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $1,967,125 (thou. dol.)

Essex County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 9,044
  • Per 1,000 population: 12.3
Deaths (2007): 6,350
  • Per 1,000 population: 8.7
Infant Deaths (2007): 51
  • Per 1,000 population: 5.6

Essex County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 2,602
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 15
  • Forcible rape: 143
  • Robbery: 478
  • Aggravated Assault: 1,966
Property Crimes (2008): 16,067
  • Burglary: 4,015
  • Larceny-Theft: 10,464
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 1,588

Essex County Genealogy Records

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