Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday's Tip - Use FamilySearch.org for Massachusetts Vital Records

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Today's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Use the FamilySearch.org historical records collections for Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths (1841-1915).

The "official" Massachusetts births, marriages and deaths indexes for the years 1841 to 1915 are available on the following FamilySearch.org databases:

Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915 (3,818,515 records with images)

Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915  (1,538,139 records with images)

Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 (2,744,355 records with images)

In addition, FamilySearch.org has these databases for earlier vital records extracted from town records (and included in the International Genealogical Index (IGI) in earlier FamilySearch databases) and some of the 1841 to 1910 vital records:

Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 (4,639,015 records, no images)

Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910 (1,944,319 records, no images)

Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910 (1,545,640 records, no images)

Before the 1841 to 1915 vital record indexes were available on FamilySearch.org, the only ways to view the records were to go to the local town clerk offices or the State Archives and view the record books; view FHL microfilms for the indexes and records; or have a subscription to the New England Historic genealogical society website, www.AmericanAncestors.org

The FamilySearch.org 1841 to 1915 records are searchable with wild cards, and the images are freely available.  The search and viewing on FamilySearch is much easier and faster than on the NEHGS site.

2 comments:

Yvette Porter Moore said...

This is exactly what I do..Great Post Randy!

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