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Subject: Re: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Marriage Lookup?
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 21:39:14 -0000
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Did you actually contact the state registry for locating the record? I would assume you used one of those online search services to try & find the marriage record. I assume this because you got a generic suggestion to do a county search.
Unlike most states, Massachusetts' counties do not handle vital records. Vital records are available through either the state or local (city/town) level.
The easiest & usually most affordable method for obtaining a post-1915 record is through the city/town. Unfortunately, you don't know where he married.
That leaves the state records. Unfortunately, Massachusetts does not make it easy to research post-1915 records, so you'll probably have trouble finding someone who can just look-up the record for you. It's probable you would have to hire a professional researcher to do a look-up for you.
There is only one location that holds statewide vital records, the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. It cost $9/hour to research there, & they limit the number of records you can access. I also hear they're not very welcoming of genealogical researchers.
The website for the state's registry is at http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=eohhs2terminal&&L=5&L0=Home&L1=Government&L2=Departments and Divisions&L3=Department of Public Health&L4=Programs and Services K - S&sid=Eeohhs2&b=terminalcontent&f=dph_vital_records_g_about&csid=Eeohhs2
The one other thing I can think of to do is to see if you can have a look-up done in the state marriage index to find out where Neil married, & then you could directly deal with the city/town. I know the State Archives & the New England Historic Genealogical Society both have books containing an index. You can try e-mailing either location to see if they will do the look-up for you, but they may want to charge you for it. You could then use that info to contact the City/Town Clerk for the record.
The marriage index, by the way, will not give you the bride's name, nor any info on Neil. It will give you a year & city/town.
I just want to make you aware that it may be difficult to find your marriage.
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