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{{Record_Search_article|CID=CID1463156 |title=Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915|location=United States}} <br>  
  
== Collection Time Period  ==
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This collection covers the years 1841 to 1915.
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== Record Description  ==
  
== Record Description ==
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This Collection will include records from 1841 to 1915.<br>
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The earlier records were recorded by hand in a register style format. In the early 1900’s, individual death certificates came into use.
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Starting in 1841, the state required that a copy of each death recorded in a town or city be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Since 1896, the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics has been the repository for the copies.&nbsp;Population coverage is near 100% for later years. Coverage is not as complete for some earlier years.
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Deaths were recorded to serve public health needs. They were also used to probate wills and administer the deceased individual’s estate.
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Death information is generally reliable for the place and date of death of the deceased. Other information will only be as reliable as the informant’s knowledge or memory.
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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, Deaths, 1841-1915." Index or Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of State. State Archives, Boston.}}
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[[Massachusetts Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
The earlier records were recorded by hand in a register style format. In the early 1900’s individual death certificates came into use.<br>
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Key genealogical facts found in Massachusetts Statewide Deaths are:
  
Key genealogical facts found in Massachusetts Statewide Deaths are: [[Image:Massachusetts Statewide Death 1853.jpg|thumb|right]]  
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[[Image:Massachusetts Statewide Death 1853.jpg|thumb|right|Massachusetts Statewide Death 1853.jpg]]  
  
*Full name
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*Town and year where death recorded
*Specific town or city of death and residence
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*Full name and age of deceased
*Day, month and year of death
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*Death date and place of death
*Age at death
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*Gender, marital status and occupation
*Place and date of birth
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*Date and place of birth  
*Gender, marital status, and sometimes name of spouse
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*Parents' names
*Name of parents and their place of birth (not always filled in)
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*Cause of death
 
*Place and date of burial  
 
*Place and date of burial  
*Name of informant (sometimes gives information as to relationship to the deceased)  
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*Name of informant (sometimes shows a relationship to deceased)  
*Name of the funeral home or director  
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*Name of the funeral home or director
*Race
 
*Occupation
 
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
The death record may provide clues for further research: date and place of birth of the individual, names of parents, place of residence, and name of spouse. Earlier records do not contain as much information as the records created from the late 19th century onward. The early records may only contain the name of the deceased, date and place of death, residence and parental information and sometimes place of birth and occupation. The information listed below is for the more recent records. All of the information does not appear in every instance.  
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Conduct a search to locate the indexed entry for your ancestor in the death records.
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When searching, it is helpful to know the following:
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*The place where the death occurred
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*The name of the person at the time of death  
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*The approximate death date
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After selecting an entry from search results, view the corresponding image to confirm the accuracy of the transcription. Compare the information in the death record 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.  
  
== Record History  ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s death 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.
  
Starting in 1841 the state required that a copy of each death recorded in a town or city be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Since 1896 the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics has been the repository for the copies.&nbsp;Population coverage is near 100% for later years. Coverage is not as complete for some earlier years.
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For example:
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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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 (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*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.
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*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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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*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.
  
Deaths were recorded to serve public health needs. They were also used to probate wills and administer the deceased individual’s estate.&nbsp;
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If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
Death information is generally reliable for the place and date of death of the deceased. Other information will only be as reliable as the informant’s knowledge or memory.&nbsp;
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Keep in mind:
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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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.
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.<br>
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To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Digital Folder Number" which takes you to the images.
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind: <br>• There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.<br>• You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.<br>• Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]  
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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)]].
  
[[Massachusetts Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
== Contributor's Invite  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Massachusetts Deaths (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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== Related Websites  ==
  
==== Style Guide  ====
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[http://www.deathindexes.com/massachusetts/index.html Online Massachusetts Death Records &amp; Indexes]
  
For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Wiki: Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages]]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection:  ==
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*[[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]]
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*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Massachusetts Death Records, 1841-1915", database, FamilySearch; from Massachusetts State Archives. "Deaths, 1841-1971". Massachusetts Division of Vital Statistics, State House, Boston, Massachusetts. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah<!--bibdescend-->
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
<br>The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following link: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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]]
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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.
  
Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above.  
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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]].  
  
=== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ===
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
*United States. Bureau of Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From Family Searc Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: Setpemper 29.2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B,line 71.
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"Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915," index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N753-F6P&nbsp;: accessed 22 May 2012), Rebecca A. Stovvoll, 24 May 1878; citing Massachusetts Death Records, microfilm number 960,215; Massachusetts State Archives, Massachusetts Division of Vital Statistics, State House, Boston, Massachusetts. United States.  
*Mexico, Districto Federal, Catholic Church Records 1886-1933, digital imagbes, from FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Femandez Jimenez, 1 Feb, 1910, San Pedro Apostol, Cuahimalpa, Districto Federal, Mexico Film number 0227023
 
  
 
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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1841 to 1915.

The earlier records were recorded by hand in a register style format. In the early 1900’s, individual death certificates came into use.

Starting in 1841, the state required that a copy of each death recorded in a town or city be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Since 1896, the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics has been the repository for the copies. Population coverage is near 100% for later years. Coverage is not as complete for some earlier years.

Deaths were recorded to serve public health needs. They were also used to probate wills and administer the deceased individual’s estate.

Death information is generally reliable for the place and date of death of the deceased. Other information will only be as reliable as the informant’s knowledge or memory.

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, Deaths, 1841-1915." Index or Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of State. State Archives, Boston.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in Massachusetts Statewide Deaths are:

Massachusetts Statewide Death 1853.jpg
  • Town and year where death recorded
  • Full name and age of deceased
  • Death date and place of death
  • Gender, marital status and occupation
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Cause of death
  • Place and date of burial
  • Name of informant (sometimes shows a relationship to deceased)
  • Name of the funeral home or director

How to Use the Records

Conduct a search to locate the indexed entry for your ancestor in the death records.

When searching, 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

After selecting an entry from search results, view the corresponding image to confirm the accuracy of the transcription. Compare the information in the death record 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 death 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 (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • 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.

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Digital Folder Number" 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 if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
• There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
• You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
• Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

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

Online Massachusetts Death Records & Indexes

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, Deaths, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N753-F6P : accessed 22 May 2012), Rebecca A. Stovvoll, 24 May 1878; citing Massachusetts Death Records, microfilm number 960,215; Massachusetts State Archives, Massachusetts Division of Vital Statistics, State House, Boston, Massachusetts. United States.