History of the Town of Palmer, Massachusetts. J.H. Temple. 1889 (2005). This volume is more than just a history of the town of Palmer. Temple has also included extensive extracts from the town records
of Palmer, and has compiled genealogical accounts of most of the earliest families of the town.Palmer was established as a district in 1752, having previously existed as a plantation known as "The Elbows." It was then made a town in 1775. Palmer has written a narrative history of Palmer, interwoven with extensive extracts from the records of the plantation, district and town. These are not just town orders about ringing the swine and electing the constable. There are also militia lists, tax lists, petitions and other documents that include information on town inhabitants at all social levels.When combined with the genealogical supplement at the end of the book, this style of including a selection of records provides the researcher with a broad perspective on the entire population of the town.