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Record Description

The Irish Catholic Foresters Collection contains life insurance membership applications for Irish immigrants in Massachusetts. The application includes personal data, family information, and a physical examination. Death benefits, disbursements with named beneficiaries and additional correspondence are included in the Foresters Mortuary Record. These records are located at the Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Citation for This Collection

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Foresters Mortuary. Massachusetts, Forester Mortuary Records, 1879-1935. Irish Ancestral Research Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death and burial
  • Name of spouse and other family members
  • Age of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Name of physician

How to Use the Record

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Using the Information

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  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful if the surname is unusual.
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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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

Related Websites

Forester's Mortuary Records

Related Wiki Articles

Massachusetts Cemetery Records

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.


 

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