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The Online Genealogist: Abbreviations for Mass. Vital Records to 1850.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: While reviewing old photocopies my aunt made from the Mass. Vital Records series to 1850, I am a little puzzled.  What do the abbreviations: C.R., G.R., G.S., and P.R. stand for?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Answer: Those abbreviations stand for a variety of sources outside of town clerk vital records.  Often when vital records were not available the author(s) would utilize the following: C.R. = Church records; G.R. = Gravestone Record; also G.S = Grave Stone Record; and P.R. = Private record (usually a family bible or account book owned privately by a local family).

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