1841-1910 – Vital Records of Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has a very long history, being one of the original British colonies and the site of the Pilgrims landing in 1621. So you could have ancestors who lived, married, worked or died in Massachusetts.


The state archives have online a search site for index of vital records covering 1841 to 1910 in Massachusetts. There are digital images for birth, marriage and death records that it directs you to.

Even just placing a surname, you may get quite a listing of names (note do give the search some time). Provided is the given names, location of where that person listed in Massachusetts for the date of the record, the volume and page and the type of record available (birth-marriage-death).

This is an index, with just that listing, so you know what is available. With that information it will direct you the digital collection ‘Vital Records, 1841 to 1925‘ and births, marriages, death covering a specific range of years. Click on that record of interest, place name and dates you learned from the index and more information is available. Make sure you are in the FamilySearch.org and for either births, marriages or deaths—each is separate.


Remember finding any of these records can also provide names of a person’s parents and their occupations in marriage and birth records.

Photos: May 1848 Marriage of Edward Kershaw (a corksmith) and Mary A. Adams in Cambridge, Mass.; and the birth of Andrew Loy Moore Bixler born Aug. 26, 1909 in Uptown, Mass., parents Andrew L and Caroline Moore Bixler – father a clergyman born in Bixler Post Office, PA and mother born in Lebanon, PA.

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‘Dough-Boys’ of Massachusetts

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