Massachusetts Vital Records, 1911–1915. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
Family historians with roots in the Bay State will be thrilled to know that Massachusetts ranks high when it comes to keeping vital records, with some dating back to early Colonial days. Records were kept on the town level, but in 1841 towns began sending copies of birth, marriage, and death records to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Although not all towns complied immediately, most did, and death records from that state-level collection are the source for this database.
What You Can Find in These Records
Most of the records in this database are from death registers, although you may find certificates for later years. Details can include the following:
- date and place of death registration
- name of the deceased
- gender and color
- marital status
- cause of death
- place of death
- place of birth
- names and birthplaces of parents
Because availability may vary somewhat from town to town, use the browse menus to determine what years are available for the towns in which your ancestors lived. Combine your research with the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620–1988, collection (the Holbrook Collection), which provides more coverage of earlier years, to get an even more comprehensive look at Massachusetts vital records.
The index for the years 1911-1915 was received from NEHGS. Earlier years were transcribed by Ancestry.com.
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