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Ask a Genealogist: What is a P.R. in Mass. Vital Records?

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I was curious if you could explain what "P.R." stands for? I have seen this in the published Massachusetts Vital Records that I have copied.


The abbreviation for a "P.R." stands for a "Private Record".  A private record is a manuscript or typescript which contains events relating to a birth, marriage or death. These private records do not relate to the records of the town or church.  They are often in the private ownership of local citizens.

Posted by David Lambert at 05/14/2013 10:41:16 PM | 

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