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Springfield, Hampden, 
Massachusetts, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Vital Records
Collection years 1638-1887
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains birth, marriage, and death records from the Springfield city clerk for the years 1638 to 1887. The earlier records are handwritten on blank pages. Later records are handwritten on pre-printed pages.

Be aware that information from these records has been extracted and placed in the Massachusetts Vital Records Index - FamilySearch Historical Records so this index is a good place to begin your search. Name indexes make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Vital record keeping began with the earliest permanent settlement, in the mid 1600s. All original records are maintained by the town or city. The present vital registration law was enacted in 1841.

These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records

Birth

  • Child’s full name
  • Child’s gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Parents' names
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Father's occupation

Marriage

  • Full name(s) of bride and groom
  • Marriage date and place
  • Current residences of each
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Birthplace of each
  • Groom's occupation
  • Parents names of bride and groom
  • Number of marriages for each
  • Officiator

Death

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Gender and race of deceased
  • Age in years, months, days
  • Marital status
  • Cause of death
  • Residence and occupation
  • Name and birth place of father
  • Name and birth place of mother
  • Burial place

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

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Film DGS Type Start Year End Year
185414 4375670 Births, Marriages, Deaths 1638 1843
185414 4375670 Births 1728 1843
185415 4375671 Births, Marriages, Deaths 1843 1849
185415 4375671 Births 1850 1872
185416 4375672 Marriages 1728 1844
185416 4375672 Marriages 1850 1869
185417 4375673 Deaths 1728 1844
185417 4375673 Deaths 1850 1879
185418 4666571 Marriages 1842 1867
185418 4666571 Marriages pre 1800 1800
185419 4666572 Marriages 1868 1873
185411 7009199 Index to births, v. 1-6, 1642-1879 1642 1872
185412 7009200 Index to marriages, v. 1-5, 1638-1869 1638 1869
185412 7009200 Index to deaths, v. 1-4, 1640-1869 1640 1869
185413 7009201 Index to intentions of marriage, v. 1-2, 1850-1887 1850 1887

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The approximate date of the birth, marriage or death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Occupations and titles listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment, military, or church records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • The information is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the mid 1800s
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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