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Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850


Vital Records of Dana, Massachusetts to the Year 1850.
Compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin, A.B., S.B., Member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Boston, Mass., 1925.

Number  of births printed .....                         334
Number  of marriages printed .    . 712 x 2=1,424 names
Number  of deaths printed .  .    .   .    .           302

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  February 18, 1801, town formed from parts of Greenwich, Hardwick, and Petersham.
  February 12, 1803, bounds between Dana and Petersham established.
  June 19, 1811, bounds  between  Dana  and  Greenwich established.
  February 4, 1842, parts of Hardwick and Petersham annexed.
  April 10, 1882, bounds between  Dana  and  Petersham established.
  May  4,  1911, bounds  between  Dana  and  Greenwich established.

Population by Census:
1810 (U. S.), 625;     1880 (U. S.), 736;
1820 (U. S.), 664;     1885 (State), 695;
1830 (U. S.), 623;     1890 (U. S.), 700;
1840 (U. S.), 691;     1895 (State), 717;
1850 (U. S.), 842;     1900 (U.S.), 790;
1855 (State), 824;     1905 (State), 763;
1860 (U. S.), 876;     1910 (U.S.), 736;
1865 (State), 789;     1915 (State), 712;
1870 (U. S.), 758;     1920 (U. S.), 599;
1875 (State), 760;     1925 (State), 657;

  1.  When   places other than Dana  or Massachusetts are named  in the original records they are given in the printed text.
  2.  In all items from the records the original spelling of the name  is given, and any additions made to the spelling of the record are enclosed in brackets.
  3.  The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual may be found under different spellings.
  4.  The birth of a married woman   is recorded under her maiden  name, when  it is known, but if the maiden name is unknown  the entry appears under the husband's name with a dash enclosed in brackets, i.e., [-----], to signify that the maiden name  is not known.
  5.  The town has no record of births and deaths prior to 1843. Dates of births and deaths previous to that time are taken from the gravestones in the town and are the actual dates as given on the stones. It is not to be inferred that the persons whose births are thus given were all born in this town, as in a great many  cases they were not. In taking records from gravestones it is often the case that the family name of a woman as given on the stone is not that under which she was born, therefore many  births may appear under a married name instead of the original, which is not shown on the stone. In some  cases names are evidently those of wives, though not so specified. 
  6.  Marriages and intentions are printed under the names of both  parties. When  both  the marriage and intention are recorded, only the marriage record is printed, and the date of the intention is not given, except when needed to make more clear the date of the marriage. When the marriage appears without the intention recorded it is designated with an asterisk.
  7.  Additional information which does not appear in the original town record, i.e., any difference shown in other records of the same person, is enclosed in parentheses, with the source of the infonnation indicated.

a. - age, aged
b. - born
ch* - child
d. - daughter, died, day
Dea. - deacon
dec. - deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.l.  - grave record, Dana Centre Cemetery
G.R.2. - grave record, Brown's Cemetery
G.R.3. - grave record, Storrsville Cemetery
G.R.4. - grave record, Marvel Cemetery
G.R.5. - grave record, Whitney Cemetery
G.R.6. - grave record, Fluff Cemetery
G.R.7. - grave record, Town Cemetery
G.R.8. - grave record, Old Cemetery near Doubleday's, North Dana
G.R.9. - grave record, Pine Grove Cemetery, North Dana
G.R.10. - grave record, from grave near depot
h. - husband, hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
md. -  married
m. -  month
prob. - probably
s. - son
Sr, -  senior
unm.  - unmarried
w. -  wife, weeks
md.  - widow
widr. - widower
y. -  year

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