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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
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This collection includes births, marriages, and deaths from 1916 to 1920, as well as state amendments to vital records from 1841 to 1920. The records were obtained from the state archives in Boston.
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For a list of events and an alphabetical list of names currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1928860/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
  
The collection includes records for the years 1841 to 1920.  
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The collection includes records for the years 1841 to 1920.&nbsp;
  
== Record Description ==
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of the Commonwealth. State Archives, Boston.}}
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[[Massachusetts, State Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
This collection includes births, marriages, and deaths from 1916 to 1920, as well as state amendments to vital records from 1841 to 1920. The records were obtained from the state archives in Boston.
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Image:Massachusetts State Birth DGS 4162392 568.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:Massachusetts State Marriage DGS 4162390 720.jpg|Marriage Record
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Image:Massachusetts State Death DGS 4221411 00084.jpg|Death Record
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'''Key genealogical facts found in birth records may include''':  
 
'''Key genealogical facts found in birth records may include''':  
  
[[Image:Massachusetts State Birth DGS 4162392 568.jpg|thumb|right]]
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*Date and place of record
 
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*Date and place of birth
*Name of the child  
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*Name of child  
*Gender  
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*Gender and race
*Names of the parents  
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*Names of parents  
*Birth date
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*Residence of parents
*Birthplace  
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*Occupation of father
*Christening date (if the source is a church record)
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*Birthplace of father
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*Birthplace of mother
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  
 
'''Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:'''  
 
'''Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:'''  
  
[[Image:Massachusetts State Marriage DGS 4162390 720.jpg|thumb|right]]
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*Date and place of marriage  
 
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*Full names of bride and groom  
*Name of bride and groom
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*Residences of each
*Date of marriage license
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*Ages of each
*Age of bride and groom  
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*Occupation of groom  
*Race of bride and groom
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*Birthplace(s) of bride and groom  
*Residence of bride and groom
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*Name of bride's and groom’s parents
*Birthplace of bride and groom  
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*Number of marriages
*Name of bride and groom’s father
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*Officiator
*Occupation of bride and groom  
 
*Maiden name of bride and groom’s mother
 
*Number of times previously married
 
*Date of marriage
 
*Place of marriage
 
*Name of person performing the marriage
 
*Witnesses to the marriage
 
*Residence of witnesses
 
  
 
'''Key genealogical facts found in death records may include the following information:'''  
 
'''Key genealogical facts found in death records may include the following information:'''  
  
[[Image:Massachusetts State Death DGS 4221411 00084.jpg|thumb|right]]
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*Date of death
 
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*Name of deceased  
*Name of the deceased  
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*Gender, race, and marital status  
*Sex, race, marital status, and age of the deceased
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*Age of deceased in years, months and days
*Dates of death and burial
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*Cause of death
*Birth date and birthplace of the deceased  
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*Residence or place of death
*City, county, and state of death
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*Occupation of deceased
*Name and location of the cemetery where buried
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*Place of birth
*Frequently included&nbsp;the country or state (and sometimes the town and county) of birth for the deceased
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*Parents' names
*Names of parents, often with maiden surname of the mother
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*Parents' birthplace
*Name of the informant, often a child or other family member
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*Burial information
*Residence or address of the deceased, if foreign-born
 
*Whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death
 
*Occupation of the deceased
 
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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Use these records to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.  
 
Use these records to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.  
  
'''Birth Records'''  
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'''Search the Collection'''  
  
In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the recorder often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.
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When searching for your ancestor's record, it is important to know the following:
  
'''Marriage Records'''
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*The type of event (birth, marriage, or death)
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*The name at the time of the event
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*The approximate date and place of the event
  
When searching for your ancestor's marriage record, it is important to know the following:
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To search the collection:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the appropriate "Record Category" link<br>⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range, Volume, Town Range" link which takes you to the images
  
*The county where the marriage occurred
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
*The name of the person at the time of marriage
 
*The approximate marriage date
 
*The marriage place
 
*The name of the intended spouse
 
  
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
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'''Using the Information'''
  
For example:  
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When you have located your ancestor’srecord, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents (while he or she was a child) to locate church and land records
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
 
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
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*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
'''Death Records'''  
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'''Tips to Keep in Mind'''  
  
Use the information from the index to obtain a copy of the original death certificate as explained on the website. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
 
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
 
 
*The place where the death occurred
 
*The name of the person at the time of death
 
*The approximate death date
 
 
'''Any Vital Records'''
 
 
Compare the information in the record -- whether for Birth, Marriage, or Death -- to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
 
For example:
 
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents (while he or she was a child) to locate church and land records.
 
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.  
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*Information listed on vital records was given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to your ancestor. The closer the relationship of the informant to the ancestor and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
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*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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'''Unable to Find Your Ancestor?'''
 
 
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
 
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Check for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
Keep in mind:
 
 
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].<br>  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].<br>  
  
== Record History  ==
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'''General Information About Vital Records'''
  
 
Early Massachusetts vital records were recorded by town clerks. Records of births, marriages, and deaths to 1850 for about 215 towns have been published. Most of these are on microfilm and microfiche at the Family History Library. These often include information from town, church, cemetery, county, and other records. Although records of about 100 towns have not been published in book form, many of these records have been published in periodicals such as the Mayflower Descendant, with concentration on Plymouth, Bristol, and Barnstable Counties.  
 
Early Massachusetts vital records were recorded by town clerks. Records of births, marriages, and deaths to 1850 for about 215 towns have been published. Most of these are on microfilm and microfiche at the Family History Library. These often include information from town, church, cemetery, county, and other records. Although records of about 100 towns have not been published in book form, many of these records have been published in periodicals such as the Mayflower Descendant, with concentration on Plymouth, Bristol, and Barnstable Counties.  
  
=== Why the Record Was Created ===
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
 
 
These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.
 
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
  
Information listed on vital records was given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to your ancestor. The closer the relationship of the informant to the ancestor and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Massachusetts, State Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]  
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*[[Massachusetts]]
*[[Massachusetts Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Massachusetts History]]
*[[Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Massachusetts Vital Records]]  
*[[Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Massachusetts Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
 
==== Citation for Records Found in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
"Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920" images, FamilySearch &nbsp;(https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 15 February 2012). entry for Marion Pollard and Fred A Levitt, married 1 January 1918; citing Vital Records, Marriages, Marriages 1918 vol 0014 Holyoke, Image 5; Massachusetts State Archives, Boston Massachusetts, United States.<br>
 
 
 
== Citation for This Collection  ==
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
 
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Massachusetts, Statewide Birth, Marriage, and Death Records,1916-1920," images. ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]). From the Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, Massachusetts. Digital images, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]
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"Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920" images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 22 May 2012),marriages&gt;marriages 1918 vol 0014 Holyoke&gt;image 5 of 510, Marion Pollard and Fred A Leavit, married, 1 January 1918; citing Massachusetts, State Vital Records, Massachusetts State Archives, Boston Massachusetts, United States. Digital images, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Record Description

This collection includes births, marriages, and deaths from 1916 to 1920, as well as state amendments to vital records from 1841 to 1920. The records were obtained from the state archives in Boston.

For a list of events and an alphabetical list of names currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

The collection includes records for the years 1841 to 1920. 

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of the Commonwealth. State Archives, Boston.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in birth records may include:

  • Date and place of record
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of child
  • Gender and race
  • Names of parents
  • Residence of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Birthplace of father
  • Birthplace of mother
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full names of bride and groom
  • Residences of each
  • Ages of each
  • Occupation of groom
  • Birthplace(s) of bride and groom
  • Name of bride's and groom’s parents
  • Number of marriages
  • Officiator

Key genealogical facts found in death records may include the following information:

  • Date of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Gender, race, and marital status
  • Age of deceased in years, months and days
  • Cause of death
  • Residence or place of death
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' birthplace
  • Burial information

How to Use the Record

Use these records to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Search the Collection

When searching for your ancestor's record, it is important to know the following:

  • The type of event (birth, marriage, or death)
  • The name at the time of the event
  • The approximate date and place of the event

To search the collection:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Category" link
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range, Volume, Town Range" link which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’srecord, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (while he or she was a child) to locate church and land records
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Information listed on vital records was given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to your ancestor. The closer the relationship of the informant to the ancestor and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

General Information About Vital Records

Early Massachusetts vital records were recorded by town clerks. Records of births, marriages, and deaths to 1850 for about 215 towns have been published. Most of these are on microfilm and microfiche at the Family History Library. These often include information from town, church, cemetery, county, and other records. Although records of about 100 towns have not been published in book form, many of these records have been published in periodicals such as the Mayflower Descendant, with concentration on Plymouth, Bristol, and Barnstable Counties.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920" images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 22 May 2012),marriages>marriages 1918 vol 0014 Holyoke>image 5 of 510, Marion Pollard and Fred A Leavit, married, 1 January 1918; citing Massachusetts, State Vital Records, Massachusetts State Archives, Boston Massachusetts, United States. Digital images, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.