Massachusetts Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records from 1841 to 1915.<br>
  
 
The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.  
 
The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.  
  
 
Most towns in Massachusetts began recording vital events (births, marriages, and deaths) many years before it became state law. These records up to 1850 for about 215 Massachusetts towns have been published. Beginning in 1841, the state of Massachusetts mandated that a copy of each event recorded in a town or city be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which means that two sources exist for each event after 1841 – the town or city and the state. Most towns were in compliance with the law by the late 1840s. It is estimated that by the late 1800s, most births were reported.&nbsp;  
 
Most towns in Massachusetts began recording vital events (births, marriages, and deaths) many years before it became state law. These records up to 1850 for about 215 Massachusetts towns have been published. Beginning in 1841, the state of Massachusetts mandated that a copy of each event recorded in a town or city be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which means that two sources exist for each event after 1841 – the town or city and the state. Most towns were in compliance with the law by the late 1840s. It is estimated that by the late 1800s, most births were reported.&nbsp;  
 
This collection covers births for the years 1841 to 1915.&nbsp;
 
  
 
Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs.  
 
Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs.  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915." Index or Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Archives, Boston.}}  
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<br> [[Massachusetts Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
 
 
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Image:Massachusetts Births 1841 - 1915 (08-0381) DGS 004150576 00519.jpg|Birth Record
 
Image:Massachusetts Births 1841 - 1915 (08-0381) DGS 004150576 00519.jpg|Birth Record
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Key genealogical facts found in the Massachusetts Birth Records may contain the following information:  
 
Key genealogical facts found in the Massachusetts Birth Records may contain the following information:  
  
*Day, month, and year of birth
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*Date and place of birth registration  
*Town of birth registration  
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*Full name of child  
*Name and surname of child  
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*Gender  
 
*Gender  
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*Day, month, and year of birth
 
*Place of birth  
 
*Place of birth  
 
*Name of parents  
 
*Name of parents  
*Residence of parents  
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*Father's occupation
*Father’s occupation
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*Residence of parents
*Father’s birth place
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*Mother’s birth place
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the birth records. Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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Conduct a search to locate the indexed entry for your ancestor in the birth records. View the corresponding image to confirm the accuracy of the transcription. Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
 
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When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors 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.
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]. To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found&nbsp;in This Collection  ===
 
 
"Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915," index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FXH8-RTG&nbsp;: accessed 22 May 2012), Henry G. Kelsey (1843); citing Massachusetts Births, FHL microfilm 1,420,528; Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, Massachusetts. United States
 
  
 
A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.  
 
A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.  
  
 
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Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1841 to 1915.

The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.

Most towns in Massachusetts began recording vital events (births, marriages, and deaths) many years before it became state law. These records up to 1850 for about 215 Massachusetts towns have been published. Beginning in 1841, the state of Massachusetts mandated that a copy of each event recorded in a town or city be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which means that two sources exist for each event after 1841 – the town or city and the state. Most towns were in compliance with the law by the late 1840s. It is estimated that by the late 1800s, most births were reported. 

Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs.

The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.



"Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915." Index or Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Archives, Boston.


Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in the Massachusetts Birth Records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of birth registration
  • Full name of child
  • Gender
  • Day, month, and year of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Name of parents
  • Father's occupation
  • Residence of parents

How to Use the Records

Conduct a search to locate the indexed entry for your ancestor in the birth records. View the corresponding image to confirm the accuracy of the transcription. Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

For example:

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.

It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors 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.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records). To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.