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Massachusetts Research Tips and Strategies

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Purpose of Research Tips and Strategies Wiki Page

The Massachusetts Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for Massachusetts. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.



Massachusetts Research Strategies

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Research Tips

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Massachusetts.

  • Birth information: Towns have been recording births in Massachusetts since the 1600s. Statewide registration began in 1841.A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: Massachusetts towns have been recording deaths since the 1600s. Statewide registration began in 1841. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Massachusetts death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

Massachusetts Record Finder

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Massachusetts Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information
Parents

Maiden name

Immigration date

Naturalization

Physical description

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