Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues

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Known Issues

NOTE: For a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection or how to find missing images elsewhere, see Article 56000, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records.

NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm. See Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche for instructions on ordering microfilm as well as finding a local FamilySearch Center where you can view the films.

Question #1: Some records are missing. Where can they be viewed?
Answer #1: See answers below for information about known missing records and their respective film numbers, if available, or alternate online location:

  • Worcester > Athol images are all restricted. You will have to order Films 2230843, 2230844, 2230845.

Question #2: The Event Type and Year Range (browse point) title does not properly reflect the actual digital record content. Is there a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection?
Answer #2: The following list of known browse point discrepancies describes the event type or year range that actually exist in this collection:

  • Bristol > Taunton > purchase records are found at Plymouth > Bridgewater > Land records 1672-1834, images 686-764.
  • Hampden > Granville > Births, marriages, deaths, town records 1733-1796 vol 1 contains early Bedford records on images 1-10. Many boundary changes in these early counties could explain records from other locations being located here.
  • Hampshire > Goshen > Journal of George Smart 1860-1862 vol 3-4 and Hampshire > Goshen > Marriage intentions 1854-1895 both contain records for Goshen, Sullivan, New Hampshire.
  • Suffolk > Dorchester > Birth index 1631-1849 year span should be 1850-1869.

If you encounter problems with this collection, feel free to report them at support@familysearch.org. Please include the following information:

  • If browsing this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
    For example: Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001 > Suffolk > Boston > Births 1908 no 10001-19233 > Image 75 of 254
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