In September 1898, The Ipswich Chronicle began publishing the Ancient Records of Ipswich as a column. The collection was later published as Vol. 1.

Volume 1: 1634-1660 (view online)

Town Records online: 1600 – 1916

These online documents are available on the Town of Ipswich site.

Birth, Deaths, Marriage, Intentions 1663-1733
Births, Deaths, Marriage, Intentions 1663-1783
Birth, Deaths, Marriage, Intentions 1784-1859
Birth V 6-7 & Marriage V 6-7
Marriage Intentions 1890-1911
Marriage V 7 & Deaths V 6-7
First Church of Ipswich 1739-1805
Linebrook Parish 1746-1801 and Linebrook Parish 1749-1830
Commoners of Ipswich 1720-1788
Commoners Records 1634-1720
FEOFFEES of the Grammar School
Indentures
Jeffreys Neck 1713-1785

Jeffreys Neck 1786-1836
Selectmen 1717-1745
Selectmen 1731-1776
Selectmen 1740-1770
Servicemen Records & Accounts 1717-1745
Town Meeting 1696-1719

Town Meeting 1697-1719
Town Meeting 1720-1738
Ipswich Grants_Town Meeting 1634-1660
Town Records 1634-1857
Misc. Records cir. 1653-1841
Misc. Town Records 1679-1781
Town Records 1720-1738
Town Records 1738-1779
Town Records (box 9) 1738-1779
Town Records 1779-1800
Ipswich Record Book No. 6 1800-1828
Town Records 1800-1828 (Part 1)
Town Records 1800-1828 (Part 2)
Town Records 1872-1898
Town Records 1919-1933
Town Records 1934-1944
Town Records 1945-1954
Town Records 1954-1961
Town Records 1961-1969
Town Records 1970-1976
Town Records 1976-1981
Town Records Volume 4
Treasury Records – Barrows
Treasurer Account Book 1753-1767
Treasurer Account Book 1761-1790
Treasurers 1699-1727
Turners Hill Record 1726-1823
Valuations 1785
Valuations 1785-1792
Valuations 1788
Valuations 1789 (Part 1)
Valuations 1789 (Part 2)
Valuations 1789-1812
Valuations 1791
Valuations 1791-1792
Valuations 1795
Valuations 1799
Voters-Central Register of Voters 1877-1883

 Records in the Ipswich Town Clerk’s Archive Room

In accordance with Massachusetts Law, the Town Clerk is responsible for maintaining vital records. Contact Pamela Z. Carakatsane, Town Clerk. Email.

  • Mail: Town Hall, 25 Green St. Ipswich, MA 01938
  • Phone: 978-356-6600, ext.1015 Fax: 978-356-6021
  • Hours: Mondays 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesdays – Thursdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. – Noon

The following documents are excerpts from the Ipswich Town Records and Space Assessment, prepared June 28, 1996. Consolidated and categorized. Thanks to former Town Clerk Fran Richards for the original report. It is unknown whether the following documents are still archived. Contact the Town Clerk to physically view these records.

  • Allotment by commoners of woodlands c 1710, transcription (1 bound volume)
  • Annual Town Reports
    • 1843, 1848, 1849 (sheets rolled)
    • bound and unbound volumes 1856- present (annual volumes)
  • Articles of Incorporation of the Independent Congregational Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church 1842-1860 (1 volume)
  • Bills paid, miscellaneous, 1721-1834 (2 boxes)
  • Births, Baptisms, Publishments, Marriages, Deaths etc. (various bound volumes):
    • 1664-1772
    • 1663-1783
    • 1635-1687
    • 1734-1783
    • 1784-1859 (1 volume)
    • Intentions of Marriage 1860-1911 (2 volumes)
    • Marriages 1844-1879, 1900-1921 (3 volumes)
    • Births 1865-1921 (8 volumes)
    • Births 1879-1913 (1 volume)
    • Births 1922-1999 (48 volumes)
    • Deaths 1900-1995 (30 volumes)
  • Cemetery Deeds
    • 1968-1996 (5 volumes)
    • Locust Grove Cemetery 1860-1897 (1 volume)
    • Highland Cemetery Deeds 1885-1920 (1 volume)
    • Highland Cemetery 1934-1938
    • Highland Cemetery Lot Receipts 1908-1913
    • New Highland Cemetery 1839-1964 (1 volume)
  • Civil War Pensions Paid, 1876-1889
  • Commoners & Proprietors Records,
    • 1702-1712 (1 volume)
    • 1720-1788 (1 volume)
    • Treasury book of the Commoners and Proprietors (1 volume)
    • Records of the Proprietors of the North Common Field, 1724-1787 (1 volume)
    • Records of the North Division of Turkey Hill Eight and the Eight Next Rowley, 1725-1728)
  • Debt Record, 1913-1961Fire Wardens’ Records 1824-1870 (1 volume)
  • Highway Records
    • 1860-1901 (1 volume)
    • Location of Highways and Town Ways 1899-1955 (binder)
  • Indentures and Apprenticeships 1700-1770 (1 volume)
  • Investments, bonds ledger 1903-1927
  • Ipswich Directory 1921
  • Ipswich Lyceum Constitution & Bylaws 1850-1857 (1 volume)
  • Journals: bills, payroll: 1863-1901 (6 volumes)
  • Land Recdords, 1718-1930 (folders)
  • Maps of Ipswich
    • Sanborn maps of Ipswich 1902 reproductions
    • Atlas of Essex County 1884
    • Map of Ipswich 1830 (photostat)
    • Atlas: towns of Topsfield, Ipswich Essex, Hamilton and Wenham, 1910 (1 book)
    • U.S. Geological Survey 1886
    • Atlas of Massachusetts by topographical Survey Commission, 1884-1890 (1 book)
    • Rolled maps, misc.
  • Original Records of the Grammar & Free School 1636-1834 (1 volume)
  • Overseers of Poor 1813-1915 (multiple volumes)
  • Poll taxes 1920-1963 (11 bound volumes)
  • Register of voters,
    • 1877-1907 (7 bound volumes)
    • 1929, 1922-1944 (7 volumes)
  • Selectmen’s Accounts
    • 1740-1770 (1 bound volume)
    • 1856-1930 (14 volumes)
  • Selectmen’s bills allowed and payment warrants:
    • 1840-1855 (2 bound volumes)
    • 1895-1896 (1 bound volume)
    • 1897-1898 (1 bound volume)
  • Selectmen’s Minutes
    • 1717-1739 (1 bound volume)
    • 1823-1932 (5 bound volumes)
    • 1961-1986 (4 binders)
  • Soldiers Records
    • Records of Soldiers and Sailers in Military Service during the War of the Rebellion (1 bound volume)
    • Massachusetts Volunteers 1861-1865 (published book)
    • State military aid 1910-1911 (1 volume)
    • Pension payments to soldiers by town, 1890-1899
    • Soldier’s relief paid to families, 1861-1865; 1865-1868 (3 volumes)
  • Tax Assessments and Lists
    • 1779-1868 (2 boxes)
    • 1846-1883 (39 volumes)
    • 1909-1913 (2 volumes)
  • Town Clerk:
    • Proclamations, Warrants, Bonds, Oaths, Votes, misc. years, 1760-1926 (indexed folders)
    • License Records 1865-1928 (2 volumes)
  • Town Grants, 1634-1660 (1 volume)
  • Town Meeting
    • 1696-1719, “Towns of Ipswich, Agawam” (1 volume)
    • 1719-1738 (1 volume)
    • 1851-1871 (1 volume)
    • 1919-1933 (1 volume)
    • Warrants 1914-1921
  • Town Records
    • 1634-1662
    • 1634-1674
    • 1674-1696
    • 1696-1720
    • 1738-1779 (binder)
    • 1934-1944 (1 volume)
    • 1954-1961 (1 volume)
  • Town Warrants
    • 1720-1937 (1 box)
  • Treasurer’s Accounts
    • 1699-1873 (multiple volumes)
    • Cash accounts 1893-1902 (3 volumes)
    • Cash book, 1904-1926
  • Valuation of Polls and Estates
    •  Poll, Real estate, Personal Taxes, and Tax Valuation Lists, 1785 – 1851 (multiple volumes)
    • 1815-1828 (3 bound volumes)
    • 1828-1836 (2 bound volumes)
    • 1847-1849 (1 bound volume)
    • Valuations, 1886-1909 (39 volumes)