Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable death index for deaths and burials in Massachusetts. 


“This collection is an electronic index of deaths and burials for the years 1795-1910 taken from the following sources:

Indexed church records

Civil registrations

The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

“Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

“This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.”


Here is a coverage table provided by FamilySearch showing the localities and number of records.

Locality Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910
Barnstable 28,428
Berkshire 86,454
Bristol 204,833
Dukes 6,405
Essex 327,834
Franklin 64,394
Hampden 207,464
Hampshire 80,768
Massachusetts 1,246,783
Middlesex 420,989
Nantucket 7,043
Norfolk 110,550
Plymouth 95,719
Suffolk 529,420
Worcester 273,112
Total 3,690,196


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What Can I Learn from Massachusetts Death Records?


These death and burial records may include:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  • Marital status
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
  • Race
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Residence



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