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<center>For a more detailed and contextual discussion of each towns' records,<br>see the town link from the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide#Counties|County list]] on the state page.</center>
  
In New England the town clerk is the principal record keeper at the local level. The earliest records are called proprietor's records. Town records generally begin with the founding of a town and are kept to the present.  
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<br> In New England the town clerk is the principal record keeper at the local level. The earliest records are called proprietor's records. Town records generally begin with the founding of a town and are kept to the present.  
  
 
Town records may contain records of births, marriages, burials, cemeteries, appointments, earmarks, estrays (records of stray animals), freemen's oaths (men eligible to vote), land records, mortgages, name changes, care of the poor, school records, surveys, tax lists, town meeting minutes, voter registrations, and "warnings out" (of town).  
 
Town records may contain records of births, marriages, burials, cemeteries, appointments, earmarks, estrays (records of stray animals), freemen's oaths (men eligible to vote), land records, mortgages, name changes, care of the poor, school records, surveys, tax lists, town meeting minutes, voter registrations, and "warnings out" (of town).  
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*[http://books.google.com/books?id=rdHQfy8ZJPUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=massachusetts+vital+records&lr= Vital Records of Chilmark, MA to the Year 1850]
 
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=rdHQfy8ZJPUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=massachusetts+vital+records&lr= Vital Records of Chilmark, MA to the Year 1850]
  
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Massachusetts  Gotoarrow.png  Town Records

For a more detailed and contextual discussion of each towns' records,
see the town link from the County list on the state page.



In New England the town clerk is the principal record keeper at the local level. The earliest records are called proprietor's records. Town records generally begin with the founding of a town and are kept to the present.

Town records may contain records of births, marriages, burials, cemeteries, appointments, earmarks, estrays (records of stray animals), freemen's oaths (men eligible to vote), land records, mortgages, name changes, care of the poor, school records, surveys, tax lists, town meeting minutes, voter registrations, and "warnings out" (of town).

The Massachusetts City and Town Directory has an alphabetical list of cities and towns with their addresses, phone and fax numbers, email addresses, web site addresses, and hours.

The Family History Library has microfilms of many Massachusetts town records, from the beginning of the town to the mid-1860s. The original town records are at local town clerk's offices and at historical and genealogical societies. Some have been published separately or as part of town histories and are available in libraries with major New England collections.

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