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Located at the mouth of the Concord River and along the banks of the Merrimack, Lowell is rich in history and notable for it's role in America's development.  Named for Frances Cabot Lowell, it has been called the Cradle Of The American Industrial Revolution.  As one of America's first "factory towns" Lowell became a magnet for immigrants seeking a better life in the middle to late 1800s. Irish, Catholic German, and French Canadian immigrants flocked to the city to work in the mills of Lowell.  Although the wages were low, jobs were plentiful and new residents settled in Lowell bringing their traditions and heritage.

Today Lowell is the fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Lowell shares the county seat of Middlesex County with Cambridge. Despite decline of the city following the closing of the mills, the urban renewal projects have restored Lowell and honor those who came before us.

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Please take the time to read more about the history of Lowell.   Genealogy goes beyond the names and dates. It is also understanding of the lives of those that came before you.  Now get on with it, your Lowell ancestors are waiting for you!

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