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

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Known Issues

Question #1: Can you explain why there are Franklin County records in Hampshire County?
Answer #1: 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 #2: 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 #2: 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 and Microfiche) into a FamilySearch Center near you and viewed there.

Question #3: 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#3: 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 #2.

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