Charlestown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town and city of Charlestown. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, deeds (i.e. land records), town and city records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are detailed guides for the town and city of Boston that annexed Charlestown, and the daughter towns of Malden, Somerville, Stoneham, and Woburn.

Charlestown (1630-1874)

Charlestown was a town in Middlesex County before it was annexed to Boston in Suffolk County. This guide discusses the records created by this town and includes references to material of present-day Charlestown (the neighborhood of Boston) as well. Be careful of the time period you are researching here as the records you need may be in one of two counties or one of two towns.

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Men exploring from Naumkeag (now Salem) arrived a place called Mishawum by the local Indians in 1628. A group of more than one hundred persons from Naumkeag moved to Mishawum to settle in 1629. Its population and importance grew from there as its location proved advantageous. The revolutionary Battle of Bunker Hill (actually fought on Breed's Hill) in 1775 has kept the town alive in the minds of today's U.S. citizens. Its strategic importance was evident by the United States' purchase of harbor land that became the Charlestown Navy Yard and the home of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat (1797). The town and later city saw many waves of immigrants settling and calling it home. The Irish Catholic community has remained a strong presence in the city, but there are large Latin American communities now in the city. It is the mother town for Burlington, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Somerville, Stoneham, and Woburn. To see a summary of the town history, see the online timeline.

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Charlestown at one time was Charlton and Mishawum.

Village or section names include .

Border changes
Dates Events
23 Aug. 1630 First mentioned as "The first Court of Assistants, holden att Charlton ..." [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 73].
6 Mar. 1632 Border between Charlestown and Newtown (now Cambridge) established.
2 July 1633 Granted the land between the North River and the Creeke.
8 July 1635 Border between Charlestown and Boston established.
3 Mar. 1636 Border established as eight miles into the country from the meetinghouse.
28 Mar. 1636 Border between Charlestown and Boston established.
28 Oct. 1636 Lovell's Island granted to Charlestown provided they use it for fishing by their townsmen or hinder not others.
6 June 1639 Border to be settled between Charlestown, Boston, and Lynn.
14 May 1640 Land granted "two miles at their head line."
7 Oct. 1640 Land granted "4 mile square ... to make a village." [Later to become Woburn]
2 June 1641 The border for Charlestown village are to be set ... the contents of a 4 mile square.
27 Sept. 1642 Charlestown Village is called "Wooborne" (now called Woburn) [Mass. Bay Rec., 2: 28].
27 Oct. 1648 Lovell's Island granted to Charlestown provided that half of the timber and firewood to go to the garrison at the Castle.
2 May 1649 "Upon the petition of Mistick side men," they are granted to be a district towne ... called Mauldon" (now called Malden [Mass. Bay Rec., 2: 274].
12 Nov. 1659 One thousand acres of land granted to the town and renewed 19 Oct. 1664.
21 Oct. 1663 Five hundred acres of land granted to the town and confirmed 10 Oct. 1666.
17 Dec. 1725 Part set off as the new town of Stoneham.
7 June 1726 Part annexed to Malden.
18 Apr. 1754
20 Apr. 1754
Part annexed to Medford.
18 Apr. 1761 Part of Cambridge annexed.
6 Mar. 1802 Part annexed to Cambridge.
21 June 1811 Part of Medford annexed.
12 Feb. 1818
17 June 1820
Part annexed to Cambridge.
25 Feb. 1842 Part annexed to West Cambridge (now Arlington).
3 Mar. 1842 Part set off as the new town of Somerville [St.1842, c.76].
10 Mar. 1847 Incorporated as a city by act of 22 Feb. 1847.
5 Jan. 1874 Charlestown annexed to Boston by act of 14 May 1873 [Mass. Acts 1873, ch. 286, sec. 1, p. 716].
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Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Works written on the town include:
MassachusettsSuffolk CountyNorfolk CountyPlymouth CountyMiddlesex CountyEssex CountyNorfolk CountyBostonChelseaRevereWinthropNeedhamBrooklineDedhamWestwoodNorwoodCantonRandolphBraintreeWeymouthHinghamHullQuincyMiltonNewtonWatertownWalthamLexingtonWoburnWinchesterArlingtonBelmontCambridgeSomervilleMedfordStonehamMelroseMaldenEverettSaugusLynnNanhantCharlestownBrightonRoxburyWest RoxburyDorchesterHyde Park
Charlestown was annexed by Boston in 1874. This shows Charlestown in Boston on a map of Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

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Morley, Morrice / Morris, Morse*, Mortimer, Morton, Mosely, Mosse, Mountain, Mouran, Mousall*, Mower, Mudd, Mudge, Mugey, Muirhead, Mulberry, Mullen, Mullett, Mullican, Mumforth, Munger, Mungey, Munhire, Munnings, Murch, Murdoe, Murfet, Murphy, Murray, Muzzy ==N== Nannay, Naramore, Nash, Nason, Naylor, Neal, Needham, Negels, Negro, Neibours, Nelson, Nevers, Nevinson, Newby, Newcomb, Newell*, Newgate, Newhall, Newman, Newton, Nicholas, Nichols*, Nicholson, Nick, Nickerson, Niles, Nipkins, Nisbet, Nix, Nizer, Noah, Noaks, Noble, Norcross, Norris, North, Northey, Norton, Norwood, Noseitor, Nowell*, Noyes, Nurse, Nutt, Nutter, Nutting ==O== Oakely, Oakes / Oak, Ober, Obridge, Odat, Odel, Odin, Odiorne, Odlin, Ogelby, Oker, Oldham, Oliver, Olney, Orcut, Orgain, Orgrave, Orne, Orr, Orris, Orton, Osborn*, Osgood, Osieph, Osland, Osment, Oswell, Otis, Over, Overy, Oyer ==P== Paddison, Paddock, Padoxy, Page*, Paine*, Painter, Palfrey, Palgrave, Palmer*, Palmes, Papot, Paraway, Parcy, Pardoe, Paris, Parish, Park, Parker*, Parkman, Parks, Parling, Parnall, Parruck, Parson, Partridge, Patch, Patefield, Pattee, Parren, Patterman, Patterson, Paul, Paynter, Payson, Peabody, Peachie, Peacock, Peak, Peark, Pearson / Pierson, Peartree, Pease, Peasley, Peat, Peack, Peckar, Peggy, Pelham, Pell, Pemberton, Penhallow, Penn, Penney*, Penniman, Penniwell, Penticost, Pepperell, Perksins, Perory, Perreel / Ferrell, Perry, Peters, Peterson, Pharez, Pharus, Phillips*, Phinney, Phippenne, Phipps*, Pickard, Pickering, Picket, Pierce*, Pierpont, Pigeon, Pike, Piles, Pilsbury, Pine, Pinkham, Pinson / Pynson, Piper, Pitcher, Pitt(s), Pittman, Plympton, Pocorney, Pollard, Polley, Pomory, Pool(e), Poor(e), Pope, Popell, Portengal, Porter, Pottarton, Potterfor, Pottem, Potter, Powell, Power(s)*, Pownall, Praro, Pratt*, Prebell, Prentice / Prentiss*, Prescott, Presley, Preston, Price, Pri(t)chard, Prideaux, Priest, Prigg, Prince, Pringle, Prior / Pryer, Proctor, Propert, Prosser, Prout, Pulsifer, Purrington, Pusley, Putnam*, Putt ==Q== Qua(y), Quarls, Quick / Quirk, Qunicy, Quiner ==R== Radford, Rainsboro, Rainsford, Rallion, Ralston, Ramsdell, Rand*, Randall, Randolph, Ranger, Rankin, Ranks, Rappalyea, Rash, Ratchell, Rawlings, Rawson, Ray / Rea, Raymond*, Raynard, Rayner*, Razor, Read / Reed*, Reape, Records, Redding, Redknap, Redman, Reeve, Remick, Remington, Reneuf, Renolph, Revere, Reyley / Royley, Reynolds, Rhodes, Ribaro, Rice, Rich, Richards, Richardson*, Richbell, Ricks, Riddle, Rider, Ridgeway, Ridland, Ridley, Riga, Riggs, Rine, Rindge, Ripley, Risdon, Roach, Robb, Robbins*, Roberchau, Roberts, Robertson, Robinson, Roby, Rockwell, Rockwood, Roden, Rogers, Rolen / Roten, Rolland, Rollins, Rolfe, Room, Roper, Rose, Rosemorgie, Ross, Roswell, Rotman, Roulstone, Rouse*, Row(e), Rowland, Roy, Royal, Ruck, Rudberg,, Ruddock, Rudge, Rue(y), Rugg, Ruggles, Rumney, rumrill, Runey, Rupling, Rushenan, Russell*, Rust, Rutherfor, Rutridge, Ryan, Ryland ==S== Sadie / Sady, Sadler, Saffin, Safford, Saise, Saith, Sale(s), Sal(i)sbury, Salla, Sallee / Sally, Salter, Saltmarsh, Sampson, Sanbron, Sanders, Sanderson, Sands / Sandy, SanFord / Sandiford, Sarazan, Sargent / Sergent*, Sartell, Satley, Savage, Sawtell, Sawyer, Saxton, Says, Scammell, Scammon, Scarlett, Scental, Schultz, Scollary, Scoller, Scotchford, Scott, Scottow, Screech, Scripture, Scudder, Searle, Sears, Seaton, Seaver, Se(a)vernes, Sedgwick, Seger, Segors, Solden, Sennett, Sever, Sewall, Seymour, Shahan, Shalsea, Shapley, Sharpe, Shatswell, Shattuck, Shanesberg, Shavelin, Shaw, Shazzard, Sheafe*, Shed*, Sheldon, Shepherd*, Shepherdson, Sherburne, Sherman*, Sherwin, Sherwood, Shillcock, Shimmin, Shippie, Shirley, Shoerin, Shore, Short, Shorthus, Shove(s), Shrimpton, Shuman, Shurt, Shurtliff, Shute, Sibley, Sickes, Sigourney, Silk, Sill, Silsbee, Simmons, Simonds, Simpkins, Simple, Simpson / Simson, Sisson, Sivret, Skeech, Skift, Skillings, Skilton, Skimmer, Skinner*, Skipper, Slade, Slater, Slaughter, Slavensale, Sloane, Sloper, Small, Samllidge, Smart, Smiley, Smith*, Snell, Snodegrass, Snooke, Snow, Soley*, Solis, Somes, Souche, Soule, Southack, Souther, Southwick, Sowerbuts, Sowersby, Spare, Sparhawk, Sparkes, Sparrow, Spaulding, Spear, Speed, Spencer, Spigh(t) / Spike, Spofford, Sooner, Spowel, Sprague*, Spriggs, Spring, Spurrier, Squire, Stacey, Stackpole, Stafford, Stanford, Staniford, Stanhope, Stanley, Stanton, Stanwood, Staples, Starkie / Starky, Starling, Starr, Stearns*, Stebbins, Stedman, Steel, Stetson, Stephens / Stevens*, Stevenson, Stewart, Stickline, Stickney, Still, Stilson, Stimpson*, Stinson, Stitts, Stockbridge, Stockman, Stockton, Stoddard, Stodder, Stogle, Stokes, Stone*, Stonehouse, Storer, Story, Stoughton, Stow, Stowell, Stower*, Strachan, Strapin, Stratford, Stratton, Streeter, Stride, Stubbs, Stud, Sturdivant, Sturgis, Stuttin, Sulden, Sullandine, Sullivan, Summers, Summerset, Sumner, Sunderlin, Sutton, Swain, Swan*, Sweet, Sweetman, Sweetser*, Swett, 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Vallere, Valpy, Vance, Vanvoorhis, Varney, Vassall, Vaughan, Vee, Velvin, Verein, Vergoose, Vernon, vially, Viaux, Vibert, Vickers, Viles, Vinal, Vincent, Vine, Vinton, Viscount, Vittery, Vose ==W== Wade*, Wadland, Wadsworth, Waffe, Wager, Wainwright, Waite*, Walcot, Waldo, Waldron, Walford, Walker*, Wall, Wallace / Wallis, Walley, Walters, Ward*, Warden, Wardwell, Ware, Warner, Warren*, Wasgatt, Washburn, Wason, Waterman, Waters*, Watkins, Watson*, Watts, Way, Webb*, Webber*, Webly, Webster, Wedge, Wedgewood, Weir, Welch*, Weld, Welden, Weldman, Weelington, Wellman, Well(e)s, Wellstead, Wentworth, Werney, West, Weston, Wetherbee, Wetherell, Whalley, Wharton, Wheat, Wheatley, Wheeler*, Wheelock, Wheelwright, Wherry, Whinyard, Whipple, Whippo, Whitcomb, White*, Whitehand, Whitehead, Whitel, Whiting*, Whitman, Whitmarsh, Whitmore, Whiteny, Whiton, Whittecor, Whittemore*, Whittier, Whitrance, Whitwell, Wicker, Wickham, Wicks, Widdefield, Widger, Wiggin, Wigglesworth, Wignal, Wikcom, 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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

The town's vital records are available in many locations:

Original records
Published records
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City Directories[edit | edit source]

Charlestown was published in 1831, 1834, 1836, 1838, 1840, 1842, 1845, 1848 (bus. & city), 1850 (bus.), 1852, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1860, 1862, 1864, 1866, 1868, 1870, 1872, 1874.

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

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Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Charlestown has only three cemeteries. To learn more about these cemeteries, and others nearby, see Boston Cemeteries.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department runs a public / private cooperative program called the Historic Burying Grounds Initiative. From their website, you can learn more about the eighteen historic burying grounds in their oversight, find maps of them, newsletters of the program, and a mid-1980s database of fourteen of the cemeteries (missing Evergreen, Fairview, Mount Hope, and South End) giving the name, death date, cemetery, and location for each entry.

  1. Bunker Hill Burying Ground, 1807. (A)
  2. Phipp's Street Burying Ground, 1638.
    William R. J. Griffin, "Epitaphs on Old Burial Hill (Phipps Street Burial Ground), Charlestown, 1622 to 1952" (Charlestown, Mass., 1952), mss. ([126] leaves).
    Available at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
    "Old Burial Hill, Charlestown" (S.l., s.n.), mss. (215 leaves).
    Available at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
    "Charlestown Burying-Ground: Charlestown Chronicle Excerpts, Sept. 1873-Oct. 1873" (S.l., s.n.), mss. ([10] leaves).
    Available at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
  3. Bunker Hill Catholic Cemetery, 1830.
    Archdiocese of Boston Archives has the records of lot sales, 1834-1859, and burials, 1833-1890.
    Marie E. Daly, "Inscriptions of the Bunker Hill Catholic Cemetery, Charlestown, Massachusetts" (mss.) covers the 155 inscriptions and some of the estimated 11,000 buried there (six people per grave site) through the use of burial, vital, census, city directory, probate, etc. records. Contact the Fourth Floor reference desk at the New England Historic Genealogical Society to learn more.

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscripts Dept., Boston, Mass.

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Churches[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed. A brief history of the churches in Charlestown can be found in pdf or html.

"Records of marriages, baptisms and funerals, 1822-1875" from an unknown church in Charlestown by Rev. Arthur Caverno (1801-1876) who many have been Freewill Baptist (these records include 28 different churches), 1 v. (mss.). Available at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.

  1. First Church, 1632, records good.
    First Church records, 1631-1980, held at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
    Records also published, see listing under town histories and also microfiche under vital records.
    Joseph Stevens (1682-1721) and Hull Abbot's "Memoranda book, 1682 [i.e. 1713]-1774" that includes baptisms (1713-1721, 1724-1732) and marriages (1714-1721, 1724-1774), mss. (86 p.) at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
    William Ives Budington, The History of the First Church, Charlestown, in Nine Lectures, with Notes (Boston, 1845), 258 pp.
    Digital versions at Internet Archiveand Hathi Trust.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL film 1294016 Item 2 (with digital link).
    Records of the First church in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1632-1789 (Boston, 1880), 168, xxvii pp.
    Digital version at Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL film 837130 Item 2.
  2. First Baptist Church, 1801, records good [location of records unknown, church extant in 1898].
  3. First Universalist Church, 1812, records good.
    Records held by Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.
  4. Second Congregational Church (then New Church in Charlestown, 1818, then Harvard Unitarian Church, 1838), 1815-1902, records good.
    Records also published, see listing under microfiche under vital records.
    History of the Harvard Church in Charlestown, 1815-1879 (Boston, 1879), admissions from 1817 on pages 102 to 116.
    Digital version at Internet Archive.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
    Church records, 1817-1827, 1840-1889, on microfiche - see listing under vital records above.
    Church records, 1817-1827, FHL film 856699 Item 4, 1840-1889, FHL film 856700 Item 2.
  5. High Street Methodist Episcopal Church (moved and renamed Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church in 1863), 1816-1924, records good from 1873 forward after fire (from 1889 survey).
    For an old image of the church, see the Boston Public Library's flickr site.
    High Street Methodist Episcopal Church records, 8v., 1819-1877, including baptisms, 1819-1840, marriages, 1837-1840, and membership, 1819-1867, at School of Theology Library, Boston University.
    Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, records, 19v., 1854-1924, including baptisms, 1865-1875, 1880-1924, marriages, 1864-1924, and membership, 1865-1877, 1886-1924, at School of Theology Library, Boston University.
    High Street Methodist Episcopal Church, membership records, ca. 1819-1841, FHL film 1508892 Item 18, baptisms, 1819-1840, marriages, 1839-1840, FHL film 1508892 Item 19, records, ca. 1820-1867, including baptisms, 1856-1863, marriages, 1859-1865, and membership, 1820-1867, FHL film 1508892 Items 20-21.
    Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, records, 1861-1924, including baptisms, 1865-1875, 1880-1924, marriages, 1865-1877, 1886-1924, and membership, 1861-1924, FHL films 1508892 Items 25-27, film 1508945 Item 1.
  6. Puritan Church (Baptist), 1809-1823 (location of chapel records is not known).
  7. Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 1828-2006, records good.
    Merged with St. Catherine of Siena and formed St. Mary - St. Catherine of Siena in 2006.
  8. Winthrop Church [Congregational], 1833, records good [merged with the First Church, 1913, and records included in the manuscript collection].
  9. Saint John's Protestant Episcopal Church (now St. John's Church), 1841, record condition unknown.
  10. High Street Baptist Church, 1844-1863, records good (location of records not given).
  11. Union Methodist Episcopal Church (changed to Monument Square Methodist Episcopal Church in 1874), 1847-1899, records good.
    Union Methodist Epsicopal Church, records, 6v., 1847-1895, include baptisms, 1860-1884, marriages, 1865-1879, and membership, 1847-1883, at School of Theology, Boston University.
    Monument Square Methodist Episcopal Church, records, 4v., 1881-1899, including baptisms, 1881-1899, marriages, 1889-1899, and membership, 1883-1898, at School of Theology, Boston University.
    Records, 1847-1884, FHL film 1508945 Items 2-4, records, 1837-1899, including baptisms, 1881-1899, marriages, 1883-1899, and membership, 1837-1898, FHL film 1508892 Items 22-23.
  12. Bethesda Congregational Church (later called Bunker Hill Baptist Church), 1851-1910, records good.
    Location of records is unknown.
    Images of the church from Boston Public Library are online: photo 1 and photo 2.
  13. Saint Francis de Sales's Catholic Church, 1859, records good.
  14. Monroe Memorial Mission Church, 1878-1882, only rented halls.
    Records, 1v., 1878-1882, at School of Theology Library, Boston University.
    Church records, 1878-1882, FHL film 1508892 Item 24.
  15. St. Catherine of Siena, 1887-2008.
    Merged with Saint Mary's Catholic Church and formed St. Mary - St. Catherine of Siena in 2006.
  16. Beth Jacob (Jewish), 1907-1910.
  17. Filipino Baptist Mission, 1924 [moved to Boston in 1941].
  18. Salvation Army, 1919-1921.
  19. First Brazilian Baptist Church, 1994 [moved from Cambridge].
  20. All Nations Mission Church (Korean Baptist), n.d.
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Town Records[edit | edit source]


City of Boston Archives and Records Management Division
201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury MA 02132
Phone 617-635-1195
Link to the inventory.

These originals were microfilmed by the city. The guide to the microfilm is available in Government Documents and at the Microtext Reference Desk where the microfilm can be used.

  • Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, v. 3 (1878), Charlestown land records, 1638-1802 (i.e. Book of Possessions).
    Digital versions at Internet Archive and Google Books
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 H2b v. 3 (with digital link).
  • Boston Public Library, Charlestown City Documents, 1801-1874 online collection.
    This is a guide to online, digitized copies of published town and city documents on the internet for annual treasurer's reports, school committee reports, taxed persons (1844), city documents (committee reports), and Charlestown Land Records, 1638-1802.
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Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  1. American Recorder and Charlestown Advertiser, 1785-1787.
  2. Franklin Monitor (name varied) or Bunker-Hill Sentinel (name varied), 1819-1820.
  3. Bunker-Hill Aurora (name varied), 1827-1870.
  4. Weekly Visitor, 1846.
  5. Charlestown Advertiser (name varied), 1851-1876.
  6. Charlestown Chronicle (name varied), 1868-1870.
  7. Bunker Hill Times (name varied), 1872-1895.
  8. Charlestown News, 1878-1886.
  9. Charlestown Enterprise (name varied), 1882-1920.
  10. Charlestown News, 1924-1942.
  11. Charlestown Patriot (name varied), 1958-2006.
  12. Charlestown Ledger, 1986-1990.
  13. Charlestown Bridge, 2004-2006.
  14. Charlestown Patriot-Bridge, 2006-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Boston Public Library - Charlestown Branch
179 Main Street
Charlestown MA 02129
Phone 617-242-1248

Charlestown Historical Society
43 Monument Square
PO Box 291776
Charlestown MA 02129

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 30-31. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997

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