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From: JMcIntyre <>
Subject: Re: [GM-L] Boston City Hall?
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 10:57:29 -0700
This is what I have: http://www.state.ma.us/dph/vitrecs.htm
VITAL RECORDS IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics is a division in the Bureau
of Health Statistics, Research and Evaluation within the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health. The Registry processes all current vital
records and provides public access to and certified copies of birth,
marriage, and death records. The Registry also has an index of divorces
since 1952. Certified copies of divorces must be obtained from the
county probate court where the divorce was issued.
The Registry is located at 470 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor Boston
Massachusetts 02201. The main telephone number is (617) 753-8600.
This location is convenient to public transportation in Boston with
South Station (Red Line) and Aquarium (Blue Line) being the closest "T"
The Registry is adjacent to the Southeast Expressway, but because of
Boston's "Big Dig" the traffic and parking situations are difficult.
Public transportation is recommended.
The Registry is open from 8:45 am to 5:00 PM on Monday through Friday.
Certified copies may be purchased at the counter until 4:45 PM.
Hours for public research are listed below.
Vital records have been registered in Massachusetts since 1635.
Statewide data collection began in 1841.
The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics in the Department of Public
Health has the records of births, deaths and marriages for Massachusetts
from 1906 to the present. Every five years the earliest five years of
records maintained at the Registry are transferred to the custody of the
State Archives. The next transfer will occur in 2001. After the
transfer any restrictions that may be on the transferred records will be
removed. Records from 1841-1905 are located at The State Archives,
Columbia Point, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125; phone:
(617) 727-2816. The city or town clerk in the city or town where the
event occurred has all records prior to 1841. Also, copies of records
since 1841 are available at the city or town where the event occurred.