Place:Otis, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

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NameOtis
Alt namesBethlehemsource: Family History Library Catalog
Loudonsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeTown
Coordinates42.183°N 73.083°W
Located inBerkshire, Massachusetts, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Otis is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,612 at the 2010 census.

For geographic and demographic information on East Otis, which is part of the town of Otis, see East Otis, Massachusetts. The numbers reported in that article are included in the figures below.

History

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Officially incorporated in 1810, the town was created when the unincorporated town of Loudon annexed the adjacent District of Bethlehem in 1809. It was named after Harrison Gray Otis, an influential lawyer, financier, and politician in revolutionary Massachusetts. General Henry Knox passed through the town in January 1776, bringing cannons from Fort Ticonderoga in New York to aid in ending the Siege of Boston, a route now known as the Knox Trail. The town was a farming community, with several small mill industries growing along the waterways, and today is mostly rural with some tourism.

Research Tips

June 2005 The first thing to consider for any of Bershire County is the date and time places are open. They all vary so call ahead.
In Otis we found the librarian very helpful. We viewed the Vital records of Otis Massachusetts to the year 1850, pub 1941 which contains birth death and Marriage records (or at least Banns). They had the published 'Vital Records' of other local communities also. Note some of these are available at other locations and throught Ancestry.com with a subscription.
At the County Clerk's office we reviewed:
Vital Records book 1,
Deaths Intentions in Bethlehem Louden and Otis, Town of Otis, Index,
Deaths,Marriages, Births, intentions, Miscellaneous 1777-1905 Bethlehem Louden, Town of Otis
Births Marriages Deaths Vol 2 1861-1892 Town of Otis
Register of Marriages vol 3 town of Otis
Town of Otis Index to Marriages for book 1,2 3 last entry was 4-1998.
--Matchka 18:26, 17 September 2007 (EDT)


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