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Start with the free Index to Early Bible Records (pre-1830; 17,000 entries).

  • The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Corbin collections contain Bible records. These are described in Massachusetts Genealogy. The DAR collection of Bible records is partially indexed. See:
  • Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Bibles and Family Records of the United States,Volume II. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1984. FHL book 973 D22kk v.2 and FHL fiche 6089184

Another source for Bible records in Massachusetts is:

Massachusetts Bible Records

A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.

Start with the free Index to Early Bible Records (pre-1830; 17,000 entries).

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Corbin collections contain Bible records. These are described in Massachusetts Genealogy. The DAR collection of Bible records is partially indexed. See:

Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Bibles and Family Records of the United States,Volume II. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1984. FHL book 973 D22kk v.2 and FHL fiche 6089184

Another source for Bible records in Massachusetts is:

Lewis, Ella May Swint. Bible Records for Massachusetts Families. Springfield, Massachusetts: Lewis, 1960. FHL book 974.4 D2Le and FHL film 844509 item 3

Additional Bible records have been published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and other genealogical periodicals (see Massachusetts Periodicals).

Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.