Rev. John Hale’s book

Known as the Bass River Side of Salem, Beverly became a separate town in 1668. 


Ancient Burial Ground, 15 Abbott Street. Burial place of Rev. John Hale (1636-1700) and his family, including second wife Sarah (Noyes) who was accused but not arrested in 1692 (d. 1697).

Rev. John Hale house, 39 Hale Street. Home built in 1694, where Hale wrote his book A Modest Inquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft. Open to the public. Owned by Beverly Historical Society.


Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot Street. Research Library and Archives include books, records, photographs, newspapers, maritime documents and genealogical records.

Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex Street.

Online Books & Records

Beverly Cemetery Index

Beverly in 1700 by Sidney Perley

Digital Heritage Collection

Old Naumkeag: an historical sketch of the city of Salem, and the towns of Marblehead, Peabody, Beverly, Danvers, Wenham, Manchester, Topsfield, and Middleton by Charles Henry Webber and Winfield S. Nevins (1877)

Primary Research (school project)

Vital Records of Beverly to End of 1849 (births)

Vital Records of Beverly to End of 1849 (marriages, deaths)

Blog Posts

Dorcas Hoar really was a witch from Genealogy Ink

Using restitution lists from the Salem witch trials to rebuild Dorcas Hoar’s family from Genealogy Ink