CD: Massachusetts, Volume 1 - HB Archives. Includes electronic image reprints of four Massachusetts town histories as described below. Each is an essential reference for the particular town. History of the Town of Essex, Massachusetts, from 1634 to 1868—Rev. Robert Crowell. Essex was first settled in 1634 when it was part of Ipswich and was commonly known as Chebacco. An appendix contains marriage records for 1790-1827, deaths for 1790-1832, and several lists of college graduates, professional men, and officials. The original index covers the main text, and a supplemental index has been added which covers the appendix. (1868) Copy of the Old Records of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, from 1642 to 1770—George Etheridge. This essential reference provides a verbatim transcript of the early town books that were still extant in 1892, except for the vital statistics which were published separately. The work covers primarily land grants and transfers, and town meetings. (1892) History of Ipswich, Essex, and Hamilton (Massachusetts)—Joseph B. Felt. This is an unusually early town history, having been first published in 1834. Includes biographical and genealogical data, and discusses many aspects of the lives of the early settlers. An every-name index has been added to this edition. (1834) History of Taunton, Massachusetts - Samuel Hopkins Emery. This huge work provides a detailed history of the town with the usual sections on civil, ecclesiastical, and military affairs. There is a lengthy section covering all the wars from the French and Indian wars down through the Civil War with numerous rosters. The biographical section has dozens of accounts of leading citizens of the Nineteenth Century. Thousands of people are mentioned throughout the volume. There are several illustrations of buildings, and numerous engravings of prominent citizens. A surname index has been added to this edition. (1893). 1999, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, v6, PC and Mac, 2114 pp.