Massachusetts Research Tips and Strategies
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Massachusetts Research Strategies
Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Genealogy Guide
- Massachusetts Online Genealogy Records
- How to find Massachusetts Birth Records
- How to find Massachusetts Death Records
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.
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Further Massachusetts Research
- Remember, for a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Massachusetts Record Finder.
- For online record collections, go to Massachusetts Online Genealogy Records.
- For more research on Massachusetts, including research at the county level, visit the Massachusetts page on the Research Wiki.
- Search all of the Massachusetts record collections at FamilySearch.
- Ralph J. Crandell. ed. Genealogical Research in New England. Baltimore, Maryland:Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984. FHL 974 D27gr