Wednesday, January 18, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: Boston births registered 1800-1849

This just in from the current issue of New England Historic Genealogical Society's eNews, Vol. 8, No. 3, Whole #254, January 18, 2006
Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

All inquiries should be addressed to:

Index to Boston births registered 1800-1849

"An Index to Boston Births Registered 1800-1849 – on deposit at the Boston City Hall Archives – has been transcribed by Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart for this database.

Births registered in the City of Boston for the period 1809 to 1849 have never been published. Furthermore, the City of Boston did not come into full compliance with state registration of vital records until 1849, so that the state copy of records between 1841 and 1849 conspicuously lacks Boston vital events. It should be noted that the 4,350 births registered is but a fraction of those that must have occurred inBoston over the first five decades of the nineteenth century. Many births went unrecorded or have been lost. Researchers should also consult baptismal records in Boston-area church records for birth information during this period."

NOTE FROM MYRT: If you try to access this database, HisGen will give you the following caveat:
"This area is one of the benefits of membership in the New England Historic Genealogical Society. If you are a member of NEHGS, please sign on using the login link to your top right to view this section.

If you are not currently a member of NEHGS, you can access this area by joining us now. Take advantage of all the benefits of NEHGS membership, including use of, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, New England Ancestors magazine, and much more."

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