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{{Record_Search_article |CID=CID1675197 |title=Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915}}
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== Collection Time Period  ==
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|CID=CID1675197  
 
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|title=Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915}} <br>
This index covers events from 1639 through 1915.
 
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:
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This index is an electronic index for the years 1639 to 1915.
 
 
*Family Records
 
*Church Records
 
*Civil Registration
 
  
This index is not complete for any particular place or region.  
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It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
  
=== Record Content ===
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=== Coverage Table ===
  
The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:
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The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.<br>
  
*Name of the child
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*Gender
 
*Names of the parents
 
*Birth date
 
*Birthplace
 
*Christening date (if the source is a church record)
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
 
 
== Coverage Table  ==
 
 
 
This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.
 
 
 
Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.
 
 
 
As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.
 
 
 
{| border="3"
 
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! align="center" scope="col" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Locality'''
 
! align="center" scope="col" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Births and Christenings, 1650-1995'''
 
! align="center" scope="col" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Marriages, 1666-1970'''
 
! align="center" scope="col" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Deaths and Burials, 1877-1992'''
 
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| Allegany
 
| 0
 
| 7,055
 
| 0
 
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| Anne Arundel
 
| 15,054
 
| 14,418
 
| 0
 
 
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| Baltimore
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Locality'''
| 44,117
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Births and Christenings, 1639-1915'''
| 139,129
 
| 8,031
 
 
|-
 
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| Baltimore (Independent City)
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| Barnstable
| 9,203
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| 58,113
| 3,102
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
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| Calvert
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| Berkshire
| 594
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| 64,230
| 0
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
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| Caroline
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| Bristol
| 124
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| 114,851
| 4,553
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
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| Carroll
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| Dukes
| 6,599
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| 6,772
| 5,171
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Cecil
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| Essex
| 2,651
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| 262,826
| 2,447
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Charles
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| Franklin
| 2,777
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| 45,250
| 799
 
| 0
 
 
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| Dorchester
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| Hampden
| 2,747
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| 109,179
| 12,051
 
| 0
 
 
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| Frederick
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| Hampshire
| 44,259
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| 46,195
| 15,138
 
| 0
 
 
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| Harford
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| Massachusetts
| 2,226
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| 4,289,177
| 16,583
 
| 0
 
 
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| Howard
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| Middlesex
| 317
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| 259,900
| 444
 
| 0
 
 
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| Kent
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| Nantucket
| 3,015
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| 15,114
| 971
 
| 0
 
 
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| Maryland
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| Norfolk
| 21,261
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| 90,695
| 233
 
| 3,655
 
 
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| Montgomery
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| Plymouth
| 2,322
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| 113,843
| 221
 
| 0
 
 
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| Prince George's
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| Suffolk
| 5,491
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| 265,904
| 7,250
 
| 0
 
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| Queen Anne's
 
| 1,095
 
| 968
 
| 0
 
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| Somerset
 
| 7,347
 
| 4,235
 
| 0
 
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| St. Mary's
 
| 5,560
 
| 11,927
 
| 0
 
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| Talbot
 
| 2,659
 
| 1,757
 
| 0
 
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| Washington
 
| 26,718
 
| 5,275
 
| 0
 
 
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| Worcester  
 
| Worcester  
| 152
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| 231,608
| 0
 
| 0
 
 
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| Total  
 
| Total  
| 206,288
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| 5,973,657
| 253,727
 
| 11,686
 
 
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
Use this index 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.
 
 
 
In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer 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.
 
 
 
=== Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:
 
  
*[[IGI]]
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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>
*[[IGI Batch Number Descriptions]]
 
*[[IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America]]
 
  
If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number Family History Library Catalog].  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Birth and Christenings, 1639-1915." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}}
  
== Record History  ==
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For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout Massachusetts. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.
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== Record Content and Use  ==
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article [[Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Massachusetts Births and Christenings (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.
  
Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Massachusetts.
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== Related Websites  ==
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/VitalRecordsSearchContents.html Vital Records Search 1841-1910]
 
 
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.  
 
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Massachusetts_Vital_Records Massachusetts Vital Records]  
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*[[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]]
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*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin--> "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915" database, FamilySearch ([http://familysearch.org http://familysearch.org]/). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records. <!--bibdescend-->
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.  
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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.  
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ===
 
  
*"Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915." database and images, ''FamilySearch'': accessed March 25, 2011. entry for Mary Anne Ogden, born 11 April 1863; citing Birth Records, FHL film 1428035; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
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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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;  
  
 
[[Category:Massachusetts|Vital]]
 
[[Category:Massachusetts|Vital]]

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Record Description

This index is an electronic index for the years 1639 to 1915.

It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1639-1915
Barnstable 58,113
Berkshire 64,230
Bristol 114,851
Dukes 6,772
Essex 262,826
Franklin 45,250
Hampden 109,179
Hampshire 46,195
Massachusetts 4,289,177
Middlesex 259,900
Nantucket 15,114
Norfolk 90,695
Plymouth 113,843
Suffolk 265,904
Worcester 231,608
Total 5,973,657

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, Birth and Christenings, 1639-1915." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Record Content and Use

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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

Vital Records Search 1841-1910

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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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