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Ask a Genealogist: Understanding Private Records from the Mass. VRs.

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Question:

I would like to know what "P.R." is referring to in the pre-1850 Massachusetts Vital Record series volumes?  Does NEHGS have these records?

Answer:

When the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 series was being created various sources were utilized. This includes vital records, church records, gravestone records, and often "Private Records." These were records in private hands not in the custody of the town or city clerk. These records consisted of diaries, account books, or journals that contained vital records. NEHGS has many transcriptions, and original records of this nature in our Manuscript collection. If you have any questions on a particular community please let us know.

Posted by David Lambert at 08/15/2013 11:52:28 PM | 


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