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Berkshire County was created by law from Hampshire County on 21 April 1761, being almost half of the western part of the county. The act took effect on 30 June 1761.
In the survey of state records published in 1889, the probate books and files were in good condition and complete. Each volume has its own index. The original indexes, dockets, records, and files from 1761 to 1865 are at the Judicial Archives in Boston. Records after 1865 are at the county office in Pittsfield:
Berkshire County Probate and Family Court
Most of the records have been microfilmed. These microfilms can be found at the Judicial Archives at the Mass. Archives in Boston, the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as:
To see the index for 1761 to 1900, click on the appropriate letter of the alphabet in the grid below:
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Page updated 15 September 2011