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Revision as of 20:04, 25 April 2011

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
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Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1795 through 1910.

Record Description

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.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • 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.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 Marriages, 1666-1970 Deaths and Burials, 1877-1992
Allegany 0 7,055 0
Anne Arundel 15,054 14,418 0
Baltimore 44,117 139,129 8,031
Baltimore (Independent City) 9,203 3,102 0
Calvert 594 0 0
Caroline 124 4,553 0
Carroll 6,599 5,171 0
Cecil 2,651 2,447 0
Charles 2,777 799 0
Dorchester 2,747 12,051 0
Frederick 44,259 15,138 0
Harford 2,226 16,583 0
Howard 317 444 0
Kent 3,015 971 0
Maryland 21,261 233 3,655
Montgomery 2,322 221 0
Prince George\'s 5,491 7,250 0
Queen Anne\'s 1,095 968 0
Somerset 7,347 4,235 0
St. Mary\'s 5,560 11,927 0
Talbot 2,659 1,757 0
Washington 26,718 5,275 0
Worcester 152 0 0
Total 206,288 253,727 11,686

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.

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.

Record History

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 deaths and burials 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.

Record Reliability

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 Websites

American Ancestors

Related Wiki Articles

Massachusetts Vital Records

Sources of Information for This Collection

"Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," 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 Deaths, 1795-1910." database and images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org): accessed March 24, 2011. entry for Nettie Hawks, died 6 August 1860; citing Death Records, reference 2, FHL film 1887384; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

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