Dorchester, MA Vital Records to 1850
from
City Document 54-1905
Registry Department of the
City of Boston
Records Relating to Births, Marriages
and Deaths of Dorchester
1905
Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger





The following records of Births, Marriages and Deaths, include all entries found in the books of record of the Town of Dorchester from 1826 to 1849, inclusive, and all records previous to 1826 not found in Volume 21 of the Record Commissioners' Reports.

Surnames are classified under the most common spelling, the other combinations following, but in the marriages the spelling as given may be found by looking up the other name.

In the records of births in several cases probable duplicates are found, the date differing a year. In such cases both entries are given, the latest entry marked "prob. dup."

An asterisk before a marriage indicates that the spelling compares exactly with the intention. Where a difference in spelling is noted; where no asterisk appears, or difference in spelling is noted, no intention was found.

Instead of printing the name of the minister after each marriage a number is substituted, which will be found against the name in the list of ministers. In many cases the name of the minister is not given, especially on returns from other towns.

In the records of deaths at the beginning of 1841 the following note appears: "Buried the day set down to each person," but in some cases two dates are given, presumably date of death and burial, and in such cases both dates are given. In 1844 the word "died" appears before the date, which would indicate that the date of death was recorded.

Following the regular lists of deaths, a supplement has been added which includes all deaths printed in the Annual Report of the Cemetery Department, 1904-05, copied from gravestones and tombs of the North District Burial Ground and which do not appear in our records.

ABBREVIATIONS

a.--age

abt.-about

b.--born

bef.-before

ch.--child.

chn.-children

Co. -County

C.R.-church record

d.--died:daughter:day

Dea.--deacon

dup.-duplicate entry

f.---female

G.R.---gravestone record

h.--husband

hr.--hour

inf.--infant

int.--publishment of intention of marriage

Jr.--junior

m.--male, married, month

P.R.---private record

rec.-recorded.

s.--son

sr.-senior.

w.--wife

wid.--widow

widr.--widower

wks.---weeks

y.--year

2d---second


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