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Fee or Free Online Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

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The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), The Essex Institute, and others were commissioned to publish Massachusetts Vital Records up to 1850 for various towns in Massachusetts.

From AmericanAncestors (NEHGS): “At the turn of the twentieth century NEHGS was instrumental in introducing and passing legislation to appropriate funds to produce books of vital statistics to the year 1850 for the cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. …Not all Massachusetts towns are included.”

 

FEE options

 

AmericanAncestors

AmericanAncestors.com has a Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 Collection that includes these commissioned books as well as some substitutes for towns whose vital records were not collected/commissioned. You can search by individual town volume.

Ancestry

Ancestry.com has these individual books available online and you can search by individual town volume.

FindMyPast

FindMyPast.com has this collection available online searchable across the entire collection.

 

FREE options

 

OnGenealogy

OnGenealogy.com has a list of the free, online Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 books including a few substitutes for towns whose records weren’t commissioned. Most of these books are out of copyright and the versions not currently available online (for the towns of Ashfield, Charlestown, Eastham, Fairhaven, Harwich, Lowell, Marshfield, Milton, Montague, Otis, Pepperell, Sandisfield, Swansea, and Taunton) may still be under copyright.

If you’re trying to find free records for a town not included in this list, Internet Archive, Google Books, or HathiTrust are great places to start searching. Also try Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 at FamilySearch.

Best in your searches whether they’re fee or free!

 

 

 

April 10, 2017 |

AmericanAncestors free for 1 week, starting April 6th!

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Just to help spread the word, AmericanAncestors is offering one free week of access to their databases, starting April 6th. That’s over a billion records! Time to pull out the genealogy and break down a few brick walls. All you have to do is register for a free account.

AmericanAncestors free week

AmericanAncestors free week

AmericanAncestors.org “… provides family historians access to more than 1 billion records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Special strengths in our content include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.”

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