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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1536925 |title=Massachusetts Birth Records |location=United States}} <br>  
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<center>For detailed information about Massachusetts research,<br>see the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|'''Massachusetts Genealogy Guide''']] page.</center>
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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection covers births for the years 1841 to 1915.  
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This Collection will include records from 1841 to 1915.<br>
  
== Record Description  ==
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The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.
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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;
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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.  
 
The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.  
  
=== Record Content ===
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
  
Genealogical facts found in these records: [[Image:Massachusetts Births 1841 - 1915 (08-0381) DGS 004150576 00519.jpg|thumb]]
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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>
  
*Day, month, and year of birth
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*Town of birth registration  
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*Name and surname of child  
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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.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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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:
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*Date and place of birth registration  
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*Full name of child  
 
*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. 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. For example:  
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For example:  
  
 
*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*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.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
*The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as&nbsp;employment or military records.  
*The parent’s birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*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.  
 
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.  
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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.
  
== Record History  ==
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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.
  
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.  
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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].  
  
=== Why This Collection Was Created? ===
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Massachusetts Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org 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.  
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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== Related Websites ==
 
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The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.
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== Related Web Sites ==
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[http://vitalrec.com/malinks.html Massachusetts Genealogy and Vital Records Links]  
 
[http://vitalrec.com/malinks.html Massachusetts Genealogy and Vital Records Links]  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]  
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*[[Massachusetts]]  
 
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*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
[[Massachusetts Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts Vital Records Index]]  
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1536925/waypoints Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915]
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.
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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.  
 
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A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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"Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 15 March 2011. entry for Eltherus Clarence Evans, died 2 March 1905; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 2,070,050; Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, Massachusetts.  
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== Sources of Information for 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]].
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->“Massachusetts Birth Records, 1841 - 1915,” database, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]); from Massachusetts State Archives. “Massachusetts Vital Records.” Massachusetts State Archives, Boston. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
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A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.  
  
 
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Revision as of 20:04, 1 October 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915 .

For detailed information about Massachusetts research,
see the Massachusetts Genealogy Guide page.


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

Important.png Problems with this collection?
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.

Related Websites

Massachusetts Genealogy and Vital Records Links

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915

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.