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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Massachusetts, 
United States
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Location of Massachusetts
Record Description
Record Type Deaths and Burials Index
Collection years 1795-1910
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index of deaths and burials for the years 1795-1910 taken from the following sources:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations


Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.


Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Deaths and Burials

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  • Marital status
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
  • Race
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Residence

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910
Barnstable 28,428
Berkshire 86,454
Bristol 204,833
Dukes 6,405
Essex 327,834
Franklin 64,394
Hampden 207,464
Hampshire 80,768
Massachusetts 1,246,783
Middlesex 420,989
Nantucket 7,043
Norfolk 110,550
Plymouth 95,719
Suffolk 529,420
Worcester 273,112
Total 3,690,196

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death or burial
  • The residence of your ancestor at the time of the death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents' names
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records
  • The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Massachusetts.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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