Massachusetts, Delayed and Corrected Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)Edit This Page
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|This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.|
These records include Index and images of births, marriages and deaths housed at the Massachusetts State Archives in Boston. The collection covers the years 1753 to 1900.
|You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.|
The records may include any of the following:
- Name of the primary
- Date and place of event
- Parents' names, their race and residence
- Name of spouse
- Birth place of parents
- Number of child in family
- Marital status
- Occupation of deceased
- Cause of death
- Date and place of burial
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The place where the event occurred.
- The approximate date the event occurred.
- The name of the primary individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom, the infant, or the deceased.
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒ Search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Volume Number"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Towns and Year Range" which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. 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.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- 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.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use the names and relationships as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the names and residence or place to find the family in census records and to locate church and land records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived 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.
- Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
- Compiling the entries for every person who has the same surname as the primary individuals is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning or end of each volume. In addition, local historical and genealogical societies may have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Massachusetts, Vital Records items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Massachusetts Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article Massachusetts.|
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Citations for This Collection
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- “Massachusetts, Delayed and Corrected Vital Records, 1753-1900.” Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Massachusetts State Archives, Boston
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
|The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.|
|The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.|
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