Ancestry.com Publishes the Most Comprehensive Collection of Massachusetts Vital Records Ever Compiled

MarketWatch – “Ancestry.com, the worlds largest online family history resource, today announced that it has added nearly nine million Massachusetts birth, marriage and death records detailing over 330 years of Massachusetts residents to its website. Acquired from the husband and wife research team of Jay and DeLene Holbrook, the records represent the most complete collection of Massachusetts vital records known to exist. Now available exclusively online at Ancestry.com, the collection includes original records for 315 of the states 351 towns from 1620 through 1988. The collection contains important details on Bay Staters through periods significant not just to the history of Commonwealth, but to the entire nation — including the first Pilgrim Thanksgiving in Plymouth and the first battles of the American Revolution in Lexington and Concord.”

One Response to “Ancestry.com Publishes the Most Comprehensive Collection of Massachusetts Vital Records Ever Compiled”

  1. Jim Murphy
    March 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Great job for the Holbrooks. I’ve known for years about their project. First heard about it, back in the early 1980s. I’m glad someone had the courage to pick it up. Unfortunately, the old rivalries between our town and city clerks in Massachusetts, would not allow much of the older materials to be moved to the state archives in Dorchester. It should. Note: I have not reviewed the material in depth, but keep aware that much of this treasure is available at the local cities and towns, still. With provisios! Being is the material falling apart, then one will not see the original documents. However, the Holbrooks generally offered the local towns a copy to place in their local libraries. Inquire.

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