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How to Obtain Massachusetts Death Certificates

Registration and maintenance of the records of the vital events (birth, death and marriages) taking place within the state was not a mandatory law imposed by the state’s government. Specific counties of the state were responsible for the recording of the births, deaths and marriages taking place within their jurisdictions. The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics in the Department of Public Health has the records of births, deaths and marriages for Massachusetts from 1906 to the present. The five years term has been set by the state for the transferring of the records from the registry of vital records to the state archives. For this, the earliest five years records have been taken as the default. The latest transfer of records in Massachusetts will occur in 2011. There is a condition that after the transfer of the record to the state archives, any restrictions that may be on the transferred records will be removed. The past records from 1841-1905 are kept and maintained at the State Archives of the state of Massachusetts. The records prior to 1841 are kept with the city or town clerk where the actual event took place. The records after 1841 are also been available with the city or town office where the event took place as well.

Death records or death certificates (MCCD), Are a substantial part of the legal process. This significant information is vital to state and local government official. The state death record database contains information about a person's death, location, date, time, residence. Sometimes the names of the mother and father, and Even the physician who declares vital statistics and the cause of a person's death. Death records have long been used to help with ancestry, research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place.

Massachusetts County Death Records

Barnstable County
Berkshire County
Bristol County
Dukes County
Essex County
Franklin County
Hampden County
Hampshire County
Middlesex County
Nantucket County
Norfolk County
Plymouth County
Suffolk County
Worcester County


Massachusetts Death Record Certificates and Obituaries

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Registry of Vital Records & Statistics
470 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: 617-753-8600