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Subject: Re: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Marriage Lookup?
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 07:27:22 -0000
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If you've contacted the state's Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, & they can't find the record, you may be out of luck. It provides the only statewide source of records & indexes. A few other locations also have the index books, but these would be the same indexes that Registry uses.
If they can't find the record it is improbable, but not impossible, the marriage took place in Mass. It's possible that a city/town's record somehow failed to be included in the state's copies of records. Basically, each city/town keeps track of its own vital records, but is supposed to forward copies to the state. So the only other location where the record would be is with a city/town clerk.
The other unfornate fact is that people didn't always marry where they lived. In my own research, I have found people who lived in Mass. marrying in RI, NH, Canada, & even North Carolina.
Maybe someone with an Ancestry subscription could find Neil listed in a city directory for the 1940s, which could give you a possible locale where he lived.
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