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NOTE: For a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection or how to find missing images elsewhere, see Article 56000, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records.

NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm. See Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche for instructions on ordering microfilm as well as finding a local FamilySearch Center where you can view the films.

NOTE: Throughout the collection, the record detail pages include a “Certificate Number”. This number is invalid and does not correspond to any number found on the images

Question #1: The browse folders only contain Digital Folder Numbers. How does this help me browse for the marriage records I am looking for?
Answer #1: The Digital Folder Numbers are what is called a “fake browse”. In order to find the marriage records you are looking for, or for the corresponding microfilm number, search from the collection home page. You can

  • Search by Last Name;
  • Search by Life Events: Marriage, entering the county or town of interest, as well as marriage year range; and
  • Search by Relationships: Spouse, entering all or part of the name.

Please review Documents 53900 Why do I see numbers and not localities when I browse Historical Records?

Question #2: Some names are linked to the wrong image, or there is no capability to browse to the next or previous image to find the original record. How can I see the correct image?
Answer #2: When a name is not found on the linked image, it can occasionally be found by browsing forward or backward one or two images using the arrow keys (compare dates). There are browse points in this collection where the browse function is not currently operational (“Oops” error message, or the browse is not sequential). Until this functionality is restored, you may order the corresponding microfilm. Refer to the record detail page to find the correct microfilm to order.

Question #3: Why does Film 004329365 have birth records when it is in the marriage record collection?
Answer #3: Film 2409903 (DGS 4329365) contains BIRTHS 1915: v. 2 Boston, and MARRIAGES 1911: v. 602 Barnstable to Lynnfield (to p. 637). The link > 004329365 > Image 560 of 1214 correctly navigates to the marriage portion of the film.

Question #4: Some records do not include all the parental information. Where can the parent information be found?
Answer #4: Some of the marriage records are on two different pages / images. You can arrow forward or backward from one image to the next to view the complete parental information.

If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at Please include the following information:

  • If searching a specific collection: please include the name of the collection; include all search criteria used, including name, event, dates and places.
  • If browsing this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
    For example: Massachusetts, marriages, 1841-1915 > 004329374 > Image 7 of 1273.
  • If you are reporting a technical issue: please include your operating system and browser version, such as Windows 7 and Internet Explorer.

Your assistance will help ensure that future revisions will be considered.

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