Surname Guide to Massachusetts Town Histories - Pauline J. Oesterlin and Phyllis O. Longver. Many town histories contain genealogies and biographies of great interest to genealogists and family historians, but the family articles and other genealogical data on a given surname are very difficult to locate short of a volume-by-volume search. The present work is a master guide to the surnames to be found in 128 volumes of Massachusetts town histories. Altogether, this guide contains nearly 56,000 citations to over 14,000 surnames. Each entry consists of a surname followed by a listing of the towns where that surname appears in the town's history. Each town name is associated with a code number to locate the history in the bibliography. (1993), 2015, 5½x8½, paper, alphabetical, 438 pp.