Saturday, May 27, 2006

New England Vital Records Online

Having an extensive New England ancestry, I have appreciated the vital record books (to 1850) that have been published for many towns in Massachusetts (the so-called Tan Books), the Barbour Collection in Connecticut, and the Vermont and New Hampshire vital records on cards collected from town records (and available on film at the LDS Family History Library).

Many of the MA Town Tan Books, and some of the town records in the other states, are being transcribed by volunteers in active transcribing and image posting projects. Three web sites with a significant number of town records posted online, for FREE, are:

1) Ray's Place - Vital Records by town

2) Jane Devlin's site - scroll down and click on a state of interest

3) John Slaughter's Essex County Vital Records

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) web site here has the entries for the MA Tan Books in one database, and they are digitizing the images from the Massachusetts Vital Records (Births, Marriages and Deaths) for the period of 1841 to 1910 and posting new pages regularly - they are up to about 1890 at this date. They also have some databases for the other New England states. However, these databases are for NEHGS Members only.

Each of these sites has many databases that may have information for your New England ancestors. Have you checked them out?

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