Massachusetts Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003
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|Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics.|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes records from 1970 to 2003. The collection consists of indexes to deaths from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Boston.
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Age at Death
- Estimated Birth Year
- DGS Number
- Date of Death
- Certificate Number or page number
- GSU Film Number
- Image number
- Name of Deceased
- Name of Father
- Name of Mother
- Name of Spouse
- Place of Death
- Page Number
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person at the time of death
- The place where the death occurred
- The approximate death date
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- 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]
- Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
- You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
- Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Massachusetts.
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910
- Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924
- Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961
- Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.