Massachusetts Birth Records


Massachusetts has been maintaining birth records since 1635 and statewide collection began in 1841, making it one of the states with the oldest records.

Records from 1841-1905 are located at
The Massachusetts State Archives. Earlier records can only be found at the county vital records office in which the person was born.

Massachusetts is a closed record state, which means that certified copies can only be requested by the person named on the certificate, as well as their immediate family members (including spouse) and lawyers representing them.

Massachusetts Vital Records Office

The office that handles birth records from 1841-2024 for the entire state of Massachusetts is The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, where they provide birth records, marriage records, divorce records, and death records.

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