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| FS_URL_02 = [[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results#count=20&query=%2Bkeywords%3AMassachusetts,%20%2Bkeywords%3ABirth%20%2Bkeywords%3ARecords FamilySearch Library Catalog Keyword Massachusetts Birth Records]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/VitalRecordsSearchContents.html Vital Records Search 1841-1910]
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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
This index is an electronic index for the years 1639 to 1915.
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This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1639 to 1915 comprised of the following:
  
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.  
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*Indexed church records
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*Civil registrations
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*The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church
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Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.
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This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the [[International Genealogical Index (IGI) (FamilySearch Historical Records) |International Genealogical Index]] or Vital Records Index collections.
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
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The records in this collection usually include the following information:
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*Name of child
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*Gender
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*Birth date and place
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*Christening date and place
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*Names of parents
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The records may also include the following information:
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*Race
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*Parents' place of birth
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==Collection Content==
  
 
=== Coverage Table  ===
 
=== Coverage Table  ===
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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>
  
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>
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The person’s name
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*The approximate date and place of birth
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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'''Finding the Original Source for an Entry in 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.<br>
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Remember this is only an index, not the original records.  
  
{{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.}}
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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:  
  
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*[[IGI]]
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*[[IGI Batch Number Descriptions]]
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*[[IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America]]
  
== Record Content and Use  ==
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If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Catalog].
  
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)]].  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
  
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
{{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.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
  
== Related Websites ==
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*Use the birth date 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 to locate church and land records
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
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*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
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*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
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*Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
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*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/VitalRecordsSearchContents.html Vital Records Search 1841-1910]
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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.  
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found.  Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
*[[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]]
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;Collection Citation:
*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
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"Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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.
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
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;
 
  
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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 Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1639-1915
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1639 to 1915 comprised of the following:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records in this collection usually include the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date and place
  • Names of parents

The records may also include the following information:

  • Race
  • Parents' place of birth

Collection Content

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

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate date and place of birth

Search the Index

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


Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Remember this is only an index, not the original records.

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:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date 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
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • 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
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

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.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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