Massachusetts Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 .
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Massachusetts, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1639-1915
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Related Websites
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City

What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1639 to 1915. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1639-1915
Barnstable 58,113
Berkshire 64,230
Bristol 114,851
Dukes 6,772
Essex 262,826
Franklin 45,250
Hampden 109,179
Hampshire 46,195
Massachusetts 4,289,177
Middlesex 259,900
Nantucket 15,114
Norfolk 90,695
Plymouth 113,843
Suffolk 265,904
Worcester 231,608
Total 5,973,657

Collection Content

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

How Do I Search the Collection?

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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation

"Massachusetts, Birth and Christenings, 1639-1915." Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915.

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