Question: I am trying to find a published source for Boston Births that occurred in the 1820's. Can you direct me to such a source I can search, I am a new NEHGS member.
Answer: Birth records in Boston between the late 1790's to the late 1840's are very incomplete. It is not for the loss of records, but the lack of recording by the City Clerk during this era we have a gap. On American Ancestors you can search the recorded births that cover 1800-1849 simply by using this link - http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=28 You can also search church records in various formats at NEHGS, on CD-Rom, published, and microfilm. This suggestion is applicable to any case when the civil registrations are lacking as in the case of Boston.