Hampden County, Massachusetts
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Hampden is a county in Massachusetts. It was formed in 1812 from the following county/ies: Hampshire. Although not established as Hampden County until 1812, Springfield was the registry for Hampden’s parent county, Hampshire, which was divided into three registries–Deerfield, Springfield, and Northampton–in 1787. Deerfield registry was transferred to Greenfield when Franklin County was established in 1811 (see Franklin and Hampshire). All deeds for land originally in Hampshire as well as Franklin and Hampden before their county division from Hampshire are located at the Springfield registry. It began keeping land records in 1636, probate records in 1812, and court records in 1812. Probates before 1812 for towns covered now by Hampden County are at the Hampshire Probate Office in Northampton. The bulk of the pre-1812 court records are also in Northampton.
For more information, contact the county at 50 State St., Springfield 01103. On the attached map, Hampden is located at B4.
For information about the state of Massachusetts see Massachusetts Family History Research.
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