Massachusetts, Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues

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Known Issues

Question #1: I am seeing Brooklyn New York Marriage Records in the Berkshire > Deed index (grantee) > 1761-1985 Babcock, S-Bienik, W browse point. Can the Berkshire records be seen somewhere else?
Answer #1: Until this issue can be corrected, the microfilm 1683055 that contains Berkshire > Deed index (grantee) > 1761-1985 Babcock, S-Bienik, W records can be ordered (See Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche) into a FamilySearch Center near you and viewed there.

Question #2: I am trying to find deeds that should be in Middlesex County in 1875. Are there deeds missing?
Answer #2: In the browse point Middlesex > Deeds 1875 vol 1341-1342 there were images missed in the upload. Images 1-104 that are online are from vol 1341. Additional images for vol 1341 and all of vol 1342 were missed. Film #0498365 can be ordered into a FamilySearch Center near you and viewed there by following the links in Answer #1.
Question #3: Can you explain why there are Franklin County records in Hampshire County?
Answer #3: In the browse points Hampshire > Land grants 1663-1786 vol 1 and
Hampshire > Land grants 1663-1786 vol 2-4, the records are located in Hampshire county because that was the parent county before Franklin County was formed, so they were part of that county at the time of their inception. The catalog describes these records as “Microfilm of abstracts of Indian deeds to land formerly part of Hampshire County, now in Franklin County at the registry of deeds at Greenfield Courthouse, Greenfield, Massachusetts. All the abstracts are Indian deeds abstracted from Hampshire County records because Franklin County wasn't created until 1811.”

Question #4: The Grantee and Grantor Indexes in Hampshire County are hard to search. Can you give me some help with this issue?
Answer #4: The Grantee and Grantor Index cards in Hampshire County have all been labeled as Grantee and Grantor Indexes. Half of them are Grantee Indexes and half are Grantor Indexes. The record types themselves are separated in the browse points, but the labels do not reflect that. They have been merged together alphabetically and so are hard to differentiate. For example:

  • Deed index (grantee and grantor) 1787-1986 Abel, Lucille C-Allard, Y has grantee cards.
  • Deed index (grantee and grantor) 1787-1986 Adams, Joseph-Allaire, Louis has grantor cards.

There are too many browse points to list them all here, but the catalog clearly labels them separately. You can consult the catalog to help to clarify which browse points are Grantor Indexes and which are Grantee Indexes. In the catalog use the keyword search “Massachusetts Land Records Hampshire”. Click the “Grantor and grantee card indexes, 1787-1986 [Hampshire County, Massachusetts]” and you will be directed to a page that lists these records.

Question #5: In the browse point Suffolk > Deed Index(grantee) vol 10-11, Na-Ry, there are images that are too dark and many are illegible. Can they be viewed somewhere else?
Answer#5: Images 289-377 in this waypoint are dark and many are illegible. Looking at the microfilm in the Family History Library verified that the images are dark on the film, but though the writing is small, the images are readable. Film #580664 can be ordered into a local FamilySearch Center and viewed there. See instructions in Answer #1.

If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at 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, Land Records, 1620-1986 > Hampshire > Land grants 1663-1786 vol 1 > Image 10 of 616
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