Massachusetts Springfield Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{FamilySearch Collection|CID=CID1865477 |title=Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887|location=United States}}&nbsp;<br>  
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{{FamilySearch Collection|CID=CID1865477 |title=Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887|location=United States}}<br>  
 
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== Collection Time Period  ==
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The records in this collection are for the years 1638 to 1887.
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records from 1638 to 1887<br>
  
 
This collection contains birth, marriage, and death records from the Springfield city clerk. The earlier records are handwritten on blank pages. Later records are handwritten on pre-printed pages.  
 
This collection contains birth, marriage, and death records from the Springfield city clerk. The earlier records are handwritten on blank pages. Later records are handwritten on pre-printed pages.  
  
=== Record Content ===
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Vital record keeping began with the earliest permanent settlement, in the mid 1600s. All original records are maintained by the town or city. The present vital registration law was enacted in 1841.&nbsp;
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These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.
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These records are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
  
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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
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| text = Springfield City Clerk Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records. Springfield City Hall, Springfield, Massachusetts.}}
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[[Massachusetts Springfield Vital 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 Springfield Vital Records (10-0649) Birth DGS 4375670 572.jpg|Birth Record  
 
Image:Massachusetts Springfield Vital Records (10-0649) Birth DGS 4375670 572.jpg|Birth Record  
 
Image:Massachusetts Springfield Vital Records (10-0649) Marriage DGS 4375672 374.jpg|Marriage Record  
 
Image:Massachusetts Springfield Vital Records (10-0649) Marriage DGS 4375672 374.jpg|Marriage Record  
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The following important biographical facts may be found in the birth records:  
 
The following important biographical facts may be found in the birth records:  
  
*Child’s name  
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*Child’s full name  
*Child’s sex
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*Child’s gender
*Birth date  
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*Birth date and place  
*Birth place  
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*Parents' names  
 
*Parents' names  
*Parents' residence
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*Birthplace of parents
*May list the father’s title or occupation
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*Father's occupation
  
 
The following important biographical facts may be found in the marriage records:  
 
The following important biographical facts may be found in the marriage records:  
  
*Full name of bride and groom  
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*Full name(s) of bride and groom  
*Marriage date  
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*Marriage date and place  
*Marriage place  
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*Current residences of each
*Age of bride and groom
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*Ages of bride and groom  
*Occupation of bride and groom  
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*Birth place of each
*Birth place of bride and groom
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*Groom's occupation
*Parents of bride and groom  
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*Parents names of bride and groom  
*What number of marriage for bride and groom
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*Number of marriages for each
 
*Officiator
 
*Officiator
  
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*Name of deceased  
 
*Name of deceased  
*Death date  
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*Death date and place
*Death place
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*Gender and race of deceased
*Age in days, months, and years
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*Age in years, months, days
*Residence
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*Marital status
*Birth place
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*Cause of death
*Name of parents
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*Residence and occupation
*Parents birth place  
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*Name and birth place of father
*Burial place  
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*Name and birth place of mother
*Burial date
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*Burial place<br>
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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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)]].  
 
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)]].  
  
== Record History ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
Vital record keeping began with the earliest permanent settlement, in the mid 1600s. All original records are maintained by the town or city. The present vital registration law was enacted in 1841.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Massachusetts Springfield Vital 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.  
 
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=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.  
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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These records are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.  
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Massachusetts Massachusetts]  
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*[[Massachusetts]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
 
*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
== 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.
 
 
Massachusetts. &nbsp;Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887. &nbsp;Springfield City Clerk. FHL microfilm, 6 reels, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
 
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]].
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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.  
 
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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
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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]].  
  
==== Citation Example for Records Found&nbsp;in This Collection  ====
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
"Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887." &nbsp;database and digital images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://familysearch.org]: accessed 9 March 2012). &nbsp;Lucinda Atkins, died 6 November 1865; citing Massaschusetts, Springfield Vital Records, FHL microfilm 185,417; Springfield City Clerk, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.  
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"Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XPN4-BZT&nbsp;: accessed 22 May 2012), Lucinda Atkins, died 6 November 1865; citing Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, FHL microfilm 185,417; Springfield City Clerk, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.  
  
 
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Revision as of 01:39, 17 February 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1638 to 1887

This collection contains birth, marriage, and death records from the Springfield city clerk. The earlier records are handwritten on blank pages. Later records are handwritten on pre-printed pages.

Vital record keeping began with the earliest permanent settlement, in the mid 1600s. All original records are maintained by the town or city. The present vital registration law was enacted in 1841. 

These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.

These records are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.

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.

Springfield City Clerk Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records. Springfield City Hall, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The following important biographical facts may be found in the birth records:

  • Child’s full name
  • Child’s gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Parents' names
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Father's occupation

The following important biographical facts may be found in the marriage records:

  • Full name(s) of bride and groom
  • Marriage date and place
  • Current residences of each
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Birth place of each
  • Groom's occupation
  • Parents names of bride and groom
  • Number of marriages for each
  • Officiator

The following important biographical facts may be found in the death records:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Gender and race of deceased
  • Age in years, months, days
  • Marital status
  • Cause of death
  • Residence and occupation
  • Name and birth place of father
  • Name and birth place of mother
  • Burial place

How to Use the Record

Information from these records has been extracted and placed in the Massachusetts Vital Records Index so this index is a good place to begin your search. Name indexes make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom, the infant, or the deceased at the time of the event
  • The approximate date the event occurred

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the 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.

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 marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age 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.
  • Occupations and titles listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment, military, or church records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • Use a marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died 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.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information 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 mid 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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 Vital Records

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

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.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XPN4-BZT&nbsp;: accessed 22 May 2012), Lucinda Atkins, died 6 November 1865; citing Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, FHL microfilm 185,417; Springfield City Clerk, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.