Boston Public Library
Genealogy

Social Sciences Department, 2nd Floor, McKim Building, Central Library, 617-859-2261

Vital Records, Notices, and Indexes

This is only a brief listing of works. More detailed lists of contents are available at departmental Reference Desks and in the Research Catalog.

Vital Records

  • Holbrook’s MA Vital Records (PDF, list of BPL holdings)
  • Marriage Indexes to the Columbian Centinel, 1784-1840
  • Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700
  • Published Vital Records for Massachusetts Towns to 1850

 

Obituary Printed and Card File Indexes

  • Boston Evening Transcript, 1875-1941
  • Boston Globe and Boston Herald, 1953-1969; 1975-
  • Columbian Centinel, 1784-1840
  • Gavit’s American Deaths and Marriages, 1784-1829
  • Military Death Index (Korean and Vietnam Wars) on CD-ROM
  • New Bedford Obituary Index, 1900-1968
  • New York Times, 1858-1978
  • The Times of London, 1951-1975