Five vital records collections are listed:
* Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 (5.9 million records)**
* Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910 (3.7 million records)**
* Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 (only 1906 to 1915 at present, 58% complete)
* Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910 (3.0 million records)**
* Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915) (only 1896, 1897 and 1906-1915 at present, 27% complete)
Why are there two sets of Deaths/Burials and Marriages? They apparently come from two different sources. The three noted by ** above have extracted information and no images, while the other two, partial, databases have extracted information with images.
I wanted to see how the new databases worked, so I clicked on the Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910 database and entered Isaac Seaver into the search fields:
Rather than search immediately, I wanted to determine the sources of the information in this database. I clicked on the "About This Collection" link below the search box and saw:
Each entry in this index has a source listed. The index may be a compilation of records from a variety of sources, including the following:
If I click on Isaac Seaver's name, then the information from this record shows up in the right hand panel:
The icon for "Record Image" is gray, so there are no images for this record, only the extracted data in the results panel for the specific person.