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== Collection Time Period  ==
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This article has been split into the following wiki articles:<br>
  
This index covers events from 1639 through 1918.
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*[[Massachusetts Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[[Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[[Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
  
== Record History  ==
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For additional information about vital records in Massachusetts, see the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Vital_Records]].
  
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 index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout Massachusetts. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.
 
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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[[Category:Massachusetts]] [[Category:United_States_Vital_Records]]
 
 
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.
 
 
 
== Record Description  ==
 
 
 
The index is an electronic database of information transcribed from original records.
 
 
 
=== Record&nbsp;Content  ===
 
 
 
The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:
 
 
 
*Name of the child
 
*Gender
 
*Names of the parents
 
*Birth date
 
*Birthplace
 
*Christening date (if the source is a church record)
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:
 
 
 
*Name of the deceased
 
*Gender
 
*Names of the parents
 
*Name of the spouse (if married)
 
*Death or burial date
 
*Death or burial place
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
 
 
== 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.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.
 
 
 
== Related&nbsp;Wiki Articles&nbsp;  ==
 
 
 
[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Massachusetts_Vital_Records Massachusetts Vital Records]  
 
 
 
== Sources of&nbsp;This Collection  ==
 
 
 
"Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915," database, FamilySearch. Digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Massachusetts.
 
 
 
"Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database, FamilySearch. Digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Massachusetts.
 
 
 
Each entry in this index has a source listed. The index may be a compilation of records from a variety of sources, including the following:
 
 
 
*Family Records
 
*Church Records
 
*Civil Registration
 
 
 
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==== How to Cite This Source  ====
 
 
 
''[[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|For instructions about citing specific records or images within this collection]]''
 
 
 
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[[Category:Massachusetts|Vital]]
 

Revision as of 14:45, 12 September 2013

This article has been split into the following wiki articles:

For additional information about vital records in Massachusetts, see the Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Vital_Records.