Massachusetts, Births - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Massachusetts, 
United States
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Location of Massachusetts
Record Description
Record Type Birth Records
Collection years 1636-1920
FamilySearch Resources
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City offices, Massachusetts


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes an index to selected birth records from 1636 to 1920.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

These records may contain the following information:

  • Child's full name
  • Sex of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Race
  • Name of Father
  • Name of Mother
  • Occupation of Father
  • Mother's and Father's birthplace
  • Residence of Parents
  • Informant

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the child
  • The approximate date of the birth
  • Place of birth

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Search for the family in land and probate records in the town where they lived

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Massachusetts.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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