Vital Records Resources

Massachusetts Towns with
pre-1850 Published Vital Records

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Before 1900, a few towns started publishing their own vital records in book form. The records were usually re-arranged into alphabetical order but separated by births, marriages, and deaths. Church and private records were added to get a more complete record and were clearly noted. The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants published a few of these volumes along with the Systematic History Fund (a state fund); Essex Institute in Salem; Topsfield Historical Society, and others. The greatest number were published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, in part from their Eddy Town-Record Fund. About two-thirds of the state (roughly 236 towns) has been published from the original town records and a few still are being released today.

Below is a chart of all the published vital records in Massachusetts for this period. It includes some limited-run, typescript, or manuscript volumes (denoted with an "*"). Some towns have been published in large amounts by serialized articles in journals (denoted with an "!"). All towns with more than one volume will be noted and the year of published given. Most are alphabetically arranged, but some will be a scholarly transcription of the records as they were originally recorded (denoted with an "#").

List of Massachusetts Town with Published pre-1850 Vital Records
Abington (1912), 2v.
Dighton (1984) (*)
Lynn (1905-1906), 2v.
Rowe (*)
Acton (1923)
Dorchester (1891, 1905)
Lynnfield (1907)
Rowley (1928), 2v.
Alford (1902)
Douglas (1906)
Malden (1903)
Roxbury (1925-1926), 2v.
Amesbury (1913)
Dover (1908)
Manchester (1903)
Royalston (1906)
Andover (1912), 2v.
Dracut (1907)
Mansfield (1933)
Russell (*)
Arlington (1904)
Dudley (1908)
Marblehead (1903-1908), 3v.
Rutland (1905)
Ashburnham (1909)
Dunstable (1908)
Marlborough (1908)
Salem (1916-1925), 6v.
Ashby (1989)
Duxbury (1917)
Marshfield (1970) (#)
Salisbury (1915)
Ashfield (1942)
East Bridgewater (1917)
Medfield (1903)
Sandisfield (1936)
Athol (1910)
Eastham (1976) (!)
Medford (1907)
Sandwich (1996), 3v.
Attleborough (1934)
Easton (!)
Medway (1905)
Sangus (1907)
Auburn (1900)
Edgartown (1906)
Mendon (1920)
Scituate (1909), 2v.
Barnstable (1975) (!)
Essex (1908)
Methuen (1909)
Seekonk (1897)
Barre (1903)
Fairhaven (1986, 1993)
Middleborough ( 1986-1990), 2v. (#)
Sharon (1909)
Becket (1903)
Fall River (*)
Middlefield (1907)
Shelburne (1931)
Bedford (1903)
Falmouth (1976)
Middleton (1904)
Sherborne (1911)
Bellingham (1904)
Fitchburg (1889-1913)
Milford (1917)
Shirley (1918)
Berkley (!)
Foxborough (1911)
Millbury (1903)
Shrewsbury (1904)
Berlin (1935)
Framingham (1911)
Milton (1900)
South Hadley (*)
Beverly (1906-1907), 2v.
Franklin (1898)
Montague (1934)
Southampton (*)
Billerica (1908)
Freetown (1988)
Montgomery (1902)
Southborough (1903)
Bolton (1910)
Gardner (1907)
Nantucket (1925-1928), 5v.
Southbridge (1981)
Boston, 5v. to 1800
Georgetown (1928)
Natick (1910)
Spencer (1909)
Boxborough (1915)
Gill (1904)
Needham (1997)
Springfield (2002), 3v.
Boxford (1905)
Gloucester (1917-1924), 3v.
New Ashford (1916)
Sterling (1976)
Boylston (1900)
Grafton (1906)
New Bedford (1932-1941), 3v.
Stoneham (1918)
Bradford (1907)
Granville (1914)
New Braintree (1904)
Stoughton (2008)
Braintree (1886) (#)
Great Barrington (1904)
New Salem (1927)
Stow (1911)
Brewster (1904) (#)
Greenfield (1915)
Newbury (1911), 2v.
Sturbridge (1906)
Bridgewater (1916), 2v.
Greenwich (1963) (*)
Newburyport (1911), 2v.
Sudbury (1903)
Brimfield (1931)
Groton (1926-1927), 2v.
Newton (1905)
Sunderland (*)
Brockton see North Bridgewater
Halifax (1905) (#)
North Bridgewater (now Brockton) (1911)
Sutton (1907)
Brookfield (1909)
Hamilton (1908)
Northborough (1901)
Swansea (1992)
Brookline (1929)
Hanover (1898) (#)
Northbridge (1916)
Taunton (1928-1929), 3v.
Buckland (1934)
Hanson (1911)
Northfield (*)
Templeton (1907)
Burlington (1915)
Hardwick (1917)
Norton (1906)
Tewksbury (1912)
Cambridge (1914), 2v.
Harvard (1917)
Oakham (1905)
Tisbury (1910)
Canton (1896)
Harwich (1982) (#)
Otis (1941)
Topsfield (1903)
Carlisle (1918)
Haverhill (1910-1911), 2v.
Oxford (1905)
Townsend (1992)
Carver (1911)
Hawley (*)
Palmer (1905)
Truro (1933) (#)
Charlemont (1917)
Heath (1915)
Paxton (1996)
Tyngsborough (1912)
Charlestown (1984, 1995)
Hinsdale (1902)
Pelham (1902)
Tyringham (1903)
2v. (#)
Holden (1904)
Pembroke (1911)
Upton (1904)
Charlton (1905)
Holliston (1908)
Pepperell (1985)
Uxbridge (1916)
Chatham (1991) (#)
Hopkinton (1911)
Peru (1902)
Wakefield (1912)
Chelmsford (1914)
Hubbardston (1907)
Petersham (1904)
Wales (*)
Chelsea (1916)
Hull (1911)
Phillipston (1906)
Walpole (1902)
Chester (1911)
Ipswich (1910-1919), 3v.
Pittsfield (*)
Waltham (1904)
Chilmark (1904)
Kingston (1911)
Plymouth (1993)
Ware (*)
Cohasset (1916)
Lancaster (1890) (#)
Plympton (1923)
Wareham (1996)
Colrain (1934)
Lanesborough in history
Prescott (1970) (*)
Warren (1910)
Concord (1891) (#)
Lawrence (1926)
Princeton (1902)
Washington (1904)
Conway (1943)
Lee (1903)
Provincetown (!)
Watertown (1894-1906)
Cummington (1979)
Leicester (1903)
Quincy (*)
Wayland (1910)
Dalton (1906)
Leominster (1911)
Randolph (*)
Webster (1980)
Dana (1925)
Lexington (1898)
Raynham (1997)
Wenham (1904)
Danvers (1909-1910), 2v.
Lincoln (1908)
Reading (1912)
West Boylston (1911)
Dartmouth (1929-1930), 3v.
Littleton (1900) (#)
Rehoboth (1897)
West Bridgewater (1911)
Dedham (1997)
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Richmond (1913)
West Newbury (1918)
Deerfield (1920)
Lowell (1930), 4v.
Rochester (1914), 2v
West Springfield (1944)
Dennis (1993), 3v. (#)
Ludlow (*)
Rockport (1924)
West Stockbridge (1907)
Westborough (1903)
Westfield (*)
Westford (1915)
Westhampton (*)
Westminster (1908)
Weston (1901) (#)
Westport (1918)
Weymouth (1910), 2v.
Whately in history
Wilbraham (*)
Williamsburg (*)
Wilmington (1898)
Winchendon (1909)
Windsor (1917)
Woburn (1890-1918)
Worcester (1894)
Worthington (1911)
Wrentham (1910), 2v.
Yarmouth (1975), 3v.

 

 

 

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