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Vital Statistic Records
The Massachusetts Archives holds vital statistics, records of births, deaths and marriages in Massachusetts, for the years 1841 to 1920. The Archives has index books for the records. Each index volume includes five years, and names are sorted alphabetically within each five-year period.
The information found in vital records may include:
Birth records
Place and date of birth, name, residence, names, birthplaces, and occupations of parents.
Marriage records
Place and date of marriage, names, ages, residences, occupations, birthplaces, parents of bride and groom.
Death records
Place and date of death, residence, spouse, age, occupation and birthplace of deceased, cause of death and place of burial, name and birthplace of parents.
Certified copies of births, marriages and deaths from 1841 to 1920 can be ordered in person or by mail. Please provide the name, date, and location for each event. A maximum of five certificates can be ordered at one time. Include a separate check, made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for $3 for each certificate requested. See duplication services for additional information about copies.
For vital records before 1841, original materials remain in the city or town clerk's office and can be found in the city or town hall. See the Massachusetts City and Town Directory for contact information.
For vital records after 1920, please contact:
Registry of Vital Records
Bureau of Health Statistics, Research and Evaluation
Department of Public Health
150 Mount Vernon St.
Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: 617-740-2600
http://www.mass.gov/dph/rvrs.htm

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Passenger Lists
Massachusetts recorded the names of immigrants arriving in the Port of Boston between 1848 and 1891.
Records are accessed through a name index. Information includes name, age, sex, country of birth, last residence, and occupation of the immigrant. The name of the ship and the date of arrival are also listed.
Children may be listed separately or with other family members.

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Military Records
Colonial Period, 1643-1774
Records of militia units and military activities during King Philip's War and the French and Indian Wars. Records consist of military rolls, muster rolls, billeting accounts, etc.

Revolutionary Period, 1775-1787
Revolutionary rolls contain documents such as muster rolls, descriptive lists, receipts of supplies or money, lists of officers and lists of deserters. Continental Army Books consist of muster rolls of Massachusetts companies and receipts for supplies and money. The records of the Board of War, Commissary General, and Quartermaster General contain minutes, correspondence, blotters, cash books, journals, and ledgers, which detail the delivery of ordnance, provisions, and services to the military units. Pension records contain information on rank, unit, residence, and land or money bounty.

Shays' Rebellion, 1786-1787
Letters, orders, warrants, petitions, special reports, military payrolls, financial records, and oaths of allegiance.
War of 1812, 1812-1815
Research materials may be found in the records of the Governor and Executive Council, which contain letters, petitions, applications for commissions, and notices of elections of officers. Also militia payrolls, muster rolls, inspection rolls, and company rolls.
Civil War, 1861-1865
Muster, clothing, and descriptive rolls, lists of assignments of recruits totown quotas, correspondence from recruiters, substitution records. Useful collections include State Military Agent, Gardiner Tufts and Governor John Andrew's letterbooks (1861-1866).
Spanish-American War, 1889
Letters concerning petitions sent to the treasurer and receiver-general includes name of veteran, address, date and location of mustering in and out and other materials.
Additional materials for the Mexican, Civil, Spanish-American, and World Wars are located at:
Office of the Adjutant General, War Records Section
Saltonstall Building
100 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02202
Phone 617-727-2964

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Court and Judicial Archives at the Massachusetts State Archives
The Judicial Archives, a separate and distinct institution holding permanent court records housed within the Massachusetts Archives was formed as a result of an agreement signed in April 1984 between then Chief Justice Edward Hennessey of the Supreme Judicial Court and then Secretary of the Commonwealth Michael Connolly. The purpose of this agreement was to set aside 12,000 cubic feet in the new state archives building, then under construction at Columbia Point, as an archive for the records of the judicial branch. This is a precedent setting arrangement and represents the first time the courts and another branch of government in Massachusetts have shared resources.
At present, the Judicial Archives contains the pre-1860 records of the predecessor courts of the Superior Court (Court of General Sessions of the Peace and Inferior Court of Common Pleas) for 9 counties. Other records in the Judicial Archives include Supreme Judicial Court and Superior Court of Judicature; predominantly pre-1900 probate records of Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Plymouth, and Worcester counties; a limited number of County Court records; records of some Justices of the Peace, naturalization records and records of a small number of special courts. Probate, naturalization and divorce records are especially useful for those doing genealogical research.
As some collections of court records may still remain in original court houses, the public is encouraged to contact the Archives prior to beginning research utilizing court records. Service to researchers is provided by the Archives reference staff, while staff of the Supreme Judicial Court's Division of Archives and Records Preservation also provides reference assistance as well as consultation on special inquiries. Detailed inventories, finding aids and guides are available at the Archives. Please note that court records are not available on Saturdays except by appointment.
Requests for information involving court records held by the Massachusetts Archives should be sent by mail only to:
Elizabeth Bouvier
Head of Archives
Supreme Judicial Court Archives
16th Floor, Highrise Court House
3 Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-557-1082

No return faxes; please include your name, mailing address and telephone number for a response.

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Agency List
Records in the Massachusetts Archives are organized by creating agency. Records exist for:
Abbreviation
Agency
AF

Administration and Finance

AG

Attorney General

AR

Artifact collection

AU

Auditor

CA

Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

CD

Communities and Development

CF

Campaign Finance

CO

Committees and commissions. Includes legislative committees and other bodies. For gubernatorial commissions see: GO

CT

General Court

CY

County records

EA

Eastern Lands. Includes records relating to the District of Maine, which became a separate state in 1820.

EC

Economic Development and Manpower Affairs

ED

Educational Affairs

EL

Elder Affairs

EN

Environmental Affairs

ER

Energy Resources

ET

Ethics Commission

GC

Governor's Council

GO

Governor

HS

Health and Human Services

IG

Inspector General

JU

Judiciary

LA

Labor

LG

Lieutenant Governor

LO

Local records (see also CY and MN)

MN

Municipal records

PC

Provincial Congress. Records of the Revolutionary governing body, 1774-1775

PR

Private records. Records relating to Massachusetts history not created by Massachusetts governmental agencies.

PS

Public Safety

SC

Secretary of the Commonwealth

TC

Transportation and Construction

TR

Treasurer and Receiver General