This database contains an index to Massachusetts death records for the years 1901-1980. Entries will typically include a name, town, birth year, and a certificate number or a volume and page number for the original record.
The index for this database was generated using text recognition software.
Family historians with roots in the Bay State will be thrilled to know that Massachusetts ranks high when it comes to keeping vital records, with some dating back to early Colonial days. Records were kept on the town level, but in 1841 towns began sending copies of birth, marriage, and death records to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Although not all towns complied immediately, most did, and copies of these records through 1920 are at the Massachusetts Archives in Boston. Records from 1921 to the present can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services, Registry of Vital Records.