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Question:

The Worcester birth records include a listing of children of Samuel and Hannah (Tatman) Lawrence in the 1750's. The source is listed as the Old South Church records. I would like to see the original records and I am trying to locate them.

Answer:

According to the work of Dr. Harold Field Worthley the early records of the First Congregational Church or "Old South" are "owned by the church." According to his published work - An Inventory of the records of the particular (Congregational) Church of Massachusetts gathered 1620-1805 (Cambridge, Harvard University, 1970), they have the following:

The oldest records, 1719-1747, are now missing. Church Records (Folder A) "Records of the Old South Church, Worcester, Mass., 1747-1761." (Folder B) "Records of the Old South Church, Worcester, Mass., 1745-1790. Baptisms, admissions & demissions."

The contact information for the church is below. Please let me know how you do in contacting them.

First Congregational Church, 1070 Pleasant Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01602

Phone #: 508 752 4635. Church email address: firstuccworc@aol.com

Website: http://www.uccwebsites.net/firstcongworcesterma.html

 

Posted by Andrew Hanson-Dvoracek at 01/16/2013 12:03:40 PM | 


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