Additional Genealogical Resources

October 27, 2011

Resources in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, birth, death, and marriage records are the responsibility of the Town Clerks in the cities and towns where they occurred. Since 1841, annual lists and reports have also been sent to the state (see below). Local historical societies and public libraries are also helpful sources of genealogical information.

For births, deaths, and marriages of Cambridge residents and/or in Cambridge:

The City Clerk, Cambridge City Hall

795 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 349-4260


For certified copies of certificates of birth and death that occurred in Boston, and marriage records of any couple who filed their intentions in Boston regardless of where the marriage took place, 1630-present:

City of Boston Registry Division

1 City Hall Square – Room 213

Boston, MA 02201

(617) 635-4175

For more information about burials and removals in/from Boston cemeteries:

Cemetery Division

Boston Parks Department

355 Walk Hill Street

Mattapan, MA 02126

(617) 635-7361


For registration books of births, marriages, and deaths for all Massachusetts cities and towns, 1841-1910:

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Massachusetts State Archives

220 Morrissey Boulevard

Boston, MA 02125

(617) 727-2816


For copies of birth, marriage, death, and other records since 1910 in Massachusetts:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics

150 Mount Vernon Street, First floor

Dorchester, MA 02125

(617) 740-2600

Online here


New England Historic Genealogical Society

101 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 536-5740

The oldest genealogical society in the country with a research library of over 200,000 books, focusing on New England family and local history. They have Massachusetts vital records and indexes to 1900 on microfilm; and indexes for Massachusetts from 1901-1970s on microfilm.


Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts

1320 Centre Street, Suit #306

Newton Centre, MA 02159

(617) 244-6509

They have burial records for over 86,000 individuals in 82 Boston area Jewish cemeteries. They can provide maps and directions.


LDS Family History Center

The Mormon Church operates the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, the largest genealogical library in the world. They have over 3,500 Family History Centers worldwide, including five in the greater Boston area:

  • Weston, 150 Brown Street (781) 235-2164
  • Lynnfield, 400 Essex Street (781) 334-5586
  • Foxboro, 76 Main Street (508) 543-0298
  • Worcester, 67 Chester Street (508) 852-7000
  • Tyngsboro, Pond View Mall (978) 649-9233


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