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== Collection Time Period  ==
 
  
This index covers events from 1750 through 1995.  
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide]]
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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the [[International Genealogical Index|International Genealogical Index]] (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:  
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This collection is an electronic index of deaths and burials for the years 1795-1910 taken from the following sources:
  
*Family Records
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*Indexed church records
*Church Records
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*Civil registrations
*Civil Registration
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*The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church
  
It may also include indexes generated by 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.
  
There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:
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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.
  
*"Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
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==Collection Content==
*"Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
 
*A county or state vital record registration
 
  
These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:
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=== Coverage Table  ===
  
*They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.  
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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>
*They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.
 
  
The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.
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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. 
 
This index is not complete for any particular place or region.
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Masachusetts. Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-191o. &nbsp;International Genealogical Index, Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. FHL digital index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
 
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
 
 
 
=== 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.
 
 
 
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
  
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.  
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For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article [[Deaths and Burials Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
  
=== Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection ===
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The records in this collection usually contain the following information:
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*Name
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*Gender
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*Date of death
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*Place of death
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*Age
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*Date of birth
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*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
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The records may also include the following information:
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*Marital status
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*Names of parents
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*Name of spouse
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*Race
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*Occupation
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*Birthplace
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*Birthplace of parents
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*Residence
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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 date of death or burial.
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*The residence of your ancestor at the time of the death.
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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Keep in mind:
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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.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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*Remember this is only an index, not the original records.
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'''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:  
 
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 Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America]]
 
*[[IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America]]
  
If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number Family History Library Catalog].  
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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/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number FamilySearch Catalog].
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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]].
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the death date or age along with the place of death 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 records or military records.
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*The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor.
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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.
  
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.  
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
 +
 
 +
*The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
 +
*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.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 +
*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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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 that may be your ancestor.
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*Search the [https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlc/ FamilySearch Catalog] to see if other records for this place are available.
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (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.  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (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 Websites  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
[http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=190 American Ancestors]
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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.
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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;Collection Citation:
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"Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910." 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.
  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Massachusetts Massachusetts]
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*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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[[Category:Massachusetts FamilySearch Historical Records|Vital]]
 
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[[Category:United States FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
 
 
 
==== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
"Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FH1N-B93&nbsp;: accessed 23 April 2012), Nettie Hauk (1860); citing MassachusettsDeaths, FHL microfilm 1,887,384; International Genealogical Index, Genealogocal Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
 
 
 
A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.
 
 
 
[[Category:Massachusetts|Vital]]
 

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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 Deaths and Burials Index
Collection years 1795-1910
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of deaths and burials for the years 1795-1910 taken from the following sources:

  • 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.

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 Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910
Barnstable 28,428
Berkshire 86,454
Bristol 204,833
Dukes 6,405
Essex 327,834
Franklin 64,394
Hampden 207,464
Hampshire 80,768
Massachusetts 1,246,783
Middlesex 420,989
Nantucket 7,043
Norfolk 110,550
Plymouth 95,719
Suffolk 529,420
Worcester 273,112
Total 3,690,196

What Can These Records Tell Me?

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Deaths and Burials Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

The records in this collection usually contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The records may also include the following information:

  • Marital status
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
  • Race
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Residence

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of death or burial.
  • The residence of your ancestor at the time of the death.

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

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.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  • Remember this is only an index, not the original records.

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 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 death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death 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 records or military records.
  • The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor.
  • 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.

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

  • The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
  • 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.
  • 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 that may be your ancestor.
  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog to see if other records for this place are available.

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 Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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