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This Collection will include records from 1841 to 1915.<br>
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== What is 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.  
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The collection consists of an index and images of Massachusetts statewide death registers and certificates for the years 1841 to 1915. When deaths were recorded on register forms, the second page of the form is on the next image. The death registers and certificates are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town.  
  
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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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.  
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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. The 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.  
  
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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The earlier records were recorded by hand in a register style format. In the early 1900’s, individual death certificates came into use.
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
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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==What Can This Collection Tell Me?==
  
[[Massachusetts Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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The records usually contain:  
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
Key genealogical facts found in Massachusetts Statewide Deaths are:  
 
 
 
[[Image:Massachusetts Statewide Death 1853.jpg|thumb|right|Massachusetts Statewide Death 1853.jpg]]
 
  
 
*Town and year where death recorded  
 
*Town and year where death recorded  
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*Name of the funeral home or director
 
*Name of the funeral home or director
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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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 name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate death date.
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*The place where the death occurred.
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=== Search the Index ===
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Look at each image 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.
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With either search keep in mind:
  
Conduct a search to locate the indexed entry for your ancestor in the death records.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
When searching, it is helpful to know the following:
 
  
*The place where the death occurred
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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1463156 Massachusetts, deaths, 1841-1915]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
*The name of the person at the time of death
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*The approximate death date
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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]].
  
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.
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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
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.  
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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.
  
For example:
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
  
 
*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 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 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.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.  
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military 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 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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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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.  
 
 
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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
 
*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 <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Digital Folder Number" which takes you to the images.
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
 
 
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.
 
  
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)]].  
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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 an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. 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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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{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 Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]]
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Massachusetts-Deaths-1841-1915-known-issues&lang=en 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.
*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Collection_citation | text="Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Secretary of State. State Archives, Boston.
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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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.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Massachusetts, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death Records
Collection years 1841-1915
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of Massachusetts statewide death registers and certificates for the years 1841 to 1915. When deaths were recorded on register forms, the second page of the form is on the next image. The death registers and certificates are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town.

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. The 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.

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

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The records usually contain:

  • 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 Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate death date.
  • The place where the death occurred.

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


Look at each image 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.

With either search 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.


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?

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.

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

  • 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.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.

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 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 Deaths, 1841-1915." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Secretary of State. State Archives, Boston.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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