Massachusetts State Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
This registry is responsible for keeping the records of all births, deaths, and marriages that occur in Massachusetts. Certified copies of these records from 1926 to the present are available via mail or in person. Records from 1841-1925 are now on file with the Archives Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office. Also, local city and town clerks have records of events occurring in their communities prior to 1841, as well as since 1841. The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics also maintains an alphabetical index of divorces since 1952 in order to direct individuals to the proper probate court where the divorce was granted, for obtaining certified copies. The registry also notifies the Social Security Administration of all deaths and births so that Social Security checks can be terminated upon an individual's death and a Social Security card can be issued voluntarily to all newborns. All vital statistics are provided to the National Center for Health Statistics, which in turn utilizes the data to publish a national profile of population trends for the country. Public research hours are Monday, 2:00 pm to 430 pm, Tuesday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Thursday, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm and Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.