Genealogical & Historical Research

The Hingham Town Clerk's Office contains important historical records dating back to the 17th century. These records detail the social, economic, political, and governmental history of the town. Documents include:
  • Vital records
  • Business certificates
  • Street lists
  • Annual Town Meeting records
  • Deeds (cemetery lots)
  • Oaths of Office
  • Planning Board records
  • Public Ways records
  • Zoning Board of Appeals records
  • Wills (perpetual care of cemetery lots)

Historical Records Hours

These records are available for public use in the department's office at 210 Central Street by appointment during the following hours:
  • Tuesdays - 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, and Thursdays - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We suggest that you contact the office in advance to ensure that there are staff members available to assist you, especially during the weeks surrounding elections and town meetings. Staff members can also conduct research for individuals who cannot visit the office.


There are several policies and forms that will be helpful to anyone interested in using the office's records: