Massachusetts Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 .
- 1 Collection Time Period
- 2 Record Description
- 3 Coverage Table
- 4 How to Use the Record
- 5 Record History
- 6 Related Web Sites
- 7 Related Wiki Articles
- 8 Sources of Information for This Collection
- 9 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
Collection Time Period
This index covers events from 1639 through 1915.
This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:
- Family Records
- Church Records
- Civil Registration
This index is not complete for any particular place or region.
The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:
- Name of the child
- Names of the parents
- Birth date
- Christening date (if the source is a church record)
- Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
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.
|Locality||Births and Christenings, 1650-1995||Marriages, 1666-1970||Deaths and Burials, 1877-1992|
|Baltimore (Independent City)||9,203||3,102||0|
How to Use the Record
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:
If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.
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 is an index of some births and christenings throughout Massachusetts. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.
Why This Record Was Created
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.
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.
Related Web Sites
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Related Wiki Articles
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Sources of Information for This Collection
"Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915" database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
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.
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.
Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection
"Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915." Index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org): 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.