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Subject: Re: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Requirements for submitting births,deaths and marriage dates in MA
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2011 17:40:53 -0000
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> Would anyone know when Massachusetts started requiring
> towns/counties to report births, deaths and marriage dates to the
> state records office?
The law was passed in 1841 and strengthened in 1844. Cities and towns varied in the years in which they came into compliance, but all were apparently in compliance before 1850.
The index for Massachusetts vital records ~1841-1910 is at:
There is no statewide index before 1841 as there was no statewide registration before that year. Check that index for your 3rd great grandmother.
Dale H. Cook, Member, NEHGS and MA Society of Mayflower Descendants;
Plymouth Co. MA Coordinator for the USGenWeb Project
Administrator of http://plymouthcolony.net
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