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<center>For detailed information about Massachusetts research,<br>see the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|'''Massachusetts Genealogy Guide''']] page.</center>
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/VitalRecordsSearchContents.html Massachusetts State Archives Vital Records,1841-1910 Index]
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== Record Description  ==
 
  
This Collection will include records from 1841 to 1915.<br>
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.  
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This article covers two collections.  
  
Most towns in Massachusetts began recording vital events (births, marriages, and deaths) many years before it became state law. These records up to 1850 for about 215 Massachusetts towns have been published. Beginning in 1841, the state of Massachusetts mandated that a copy of each event recorded in a town or city be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which means that two sources exist for each event after 1841 – the town or city and the state. Most towns were in compliance with the law by the late 1840s. It is estimated that by the late 1800s, most births were reported.&nbsp;
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The collection "Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1920" consists of an index to selected birth records throughout Massachusetts. This collection has not been published yet.  
  
Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs.  
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The collection "Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915" consists of an index and images of state birth records from 1841-1915. The registers of births are first arranged in volumes by year. Within the volumes the birth entries are arranged by town then numerically by the number it was entered into the registers. May include a few births for 1840.  
 
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<center>For detailed information about Massachusetts research,<br>see the [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|'''Massachusetts Genealogy Guide''']] page.</center>
The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.
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== Collection Contents ==
 
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915." Index or Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Archives, Boston.}}
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<br> [[Massachusetts Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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== Record Content  ==
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*Residence of parents
 
*Residence of parents
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
Conduct a search to locate the indexed entry for your ancestor in the birth records. View the corresponding image to confirm the accuracy of the transcription. Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
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To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.  
  
For example:  
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'''To search the collection by name:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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.
  
*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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Keep in mind:
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as&nbsp;employment or military records.
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*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
Keep in mind:
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
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*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
 
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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*If you are unable to find your ancestor look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind: • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name. • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name. • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Massachusetts, Birth Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Massachusetts Archives and Libraries]]. }}
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]. To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.  
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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=== General Information About These Records  ===
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Massachusetts Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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Most towns in Massachusetts began recording vital events (births, marriages, and deaths) many years before it became state law. These records up to 1850 for about 215 Massachusetts towns have been published. Beginning in 1841, the state of Massachusetts mandated that a copy of each event recorded in a town or city be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which means that two sources exist for each event after 1841 – the town or city and the state. Most towns were in compliance with the law by the late 1840s. It is estimated that by the late 1800s, most births were reported.  
  
== Related Websites ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
[http://vitalrec.com/malinks.html Massachusetts Genealogy and Vital Records Links]  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Massachusetts-Births-1841-1915-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mai l. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
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== How You Can Contribute ==
*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts Vital Records]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Collection Citation''' for "Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915":<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Archives, Boston.}}<br><br>
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1536925/waypoints Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915]
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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'''Collection Citation''' for "Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1920":<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1920." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Archives, Boston.}}<br><br>
  
A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Massachusetts, United States
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Location of Massachusetts
Record Description
Record Type Birth Records
Collection years 1636-1920
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

This article covers two collections.

The collection "Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1920" consists of an index to selected birth records throughout Massachusetts. This collection has not been published yet.

The collection "Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915" consists of an index and images of state birth records from 1841-1915. The registers of births are first arranged in volumes by year. Within the volumes the birth entries are arranged by town then numerically by the number it was entered into the registers. May include a few births for 1840.

For detailed information about Massachusetts research,
see the Massachusetts Genealogy Guide page.

Collection Contents

Key genealogical facts found in the Massachusetts Birth Records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of birth registration
  • Full name of child
  • Gender
  • Day, month, and year of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Name of parents
  • Father's occupation
  • Residence of parents

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.

To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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.

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  • If you are unable to find your ancestor look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

General Information About These Records

The state birth registers are in bound volumes arranged by year, then by town. Entries within towns are arranged numerically.

Most towns in Massachusetts began recording vital events (births, marriages, and deaths) many years before it became state law. These records up to 1850 for about 215 Massachusetts towns have been published. Beginning in 1841, the state of Massachusetts mandated that a copy of each event recorded in a town or city be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which means that two sources exist for each event after 1841 – the town or city and the state. Most towns were in compliance with the law by the late 1840s. It is estimated that by the late 1800s, most births were reported.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mai l. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation for "Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915":

"Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Archives, Boston.

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, 1841-1915.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915.

Collection Citation for "Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1920":

"Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1920." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Archives, Boston.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.