Massachusetts, Delayed and Corrected Vital Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Massachusetts, Delayed and Corrected Vital Records, 1753-1900
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|Location of Massachusetts|
|Record Type||Vital Records|
|Massachusetts State Archive|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
These records include Index and images of births, marriages and deaths housed at the Massachusetts State Archives in Boston. The collection covers the years 1753 to 1900. The collection includes forty-two volumes of birth registers, amendments to births, 1841-1920,and state amendments to births.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Massachusetts, Delayed and Corrected Vital Records Digital Folder Number List.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The place where the event occurred
- The approximate date the event occurred
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]To view images in this collection:
- Look at the Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
- Go to the Browse Page
- Select the Film number to view the images
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the names and residence or place to find the family in census records
- Search for church and land records
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
- Occupations listed can lead you to employment or military records
- Compiling the entries for every person who has the same surname as the primary individuals is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning or end of each volume. In addition, local historical and genealogical societies may have indexes to local records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Massachusetts.
- How to Find Massachusetts Birth Records
- How to Find Massachusetts Marriage Records
- How to Find Massachusetts Death Records
- Massachusetts Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920
- Massachusetts Town Records, 1638-1961
- Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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