Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties: 1885

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Wright & Potter, 1889 - Archives
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Page xvii - ... the passage of a resolve requiring the governor and council to appoint a person, to serve without compensation, " who should report to the succeeding legislature upon the condition of the public records of the parishes, towns, and counties of the Commonwealth.
Page xlviii - February, transmit to the secretary of the Commonwealth, certified copies of the records of the births, marriages, and deaths, •which have occurred therein during, the year ending on the last day of the preceding December. SECTION 6. The record of the town clerk relative to any birth, marriage, or death, shall be prima facie evidence, in legal proceedings, of the facts recorded.
Page 303 - House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by authority of the same, that the...
Page 328 - Book of the Court of General Sessions of the Peace, for the County of Suffolk, begun January, 1769, and ended by adjournment on the first Tuesday of August, Anno Domini, 1773.
Page xviii - PARISHES, TOWNS AND COUNTIES. Resolved, That the commissioner appointed under the provisions of chapter sixty-five of the resolves of the year eighteen hundred and eighty-four, relating to public records of parishes, towns, and counties, is hereby authorized to expend a sum not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars, for the purpose of compiling and tabulating the information relating to such records collected in accordance with the provisions of chapter nineteen of the resolves of the year eighteen hundred...
Page 303 - February 20, 17S1 (Perpet. Laws of Mass., edit. 1789, p. 89) : " An Act empowering the Supreme Judicial Court to take Cognizance of Matters heretofore cognizable by the late Superior Court. " Whereas by the Laws heretofore made by the G-eneral Assembly of the late Province, Colony and State of Massachusetts Bay, a Superior Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and General Goal Delivery was constituted, and sundry powers and Authorities are given to the same Court by Particular Laws.
Page 366 - ... granted by special order of the Court, of every free inhabitant there, and shall enter the same in a book (fairly written in words at length, and not in figures), with the several bounds and quantities, by the nearest estimation...
Page 3 - ... that there be records kept of the days of every marriage, birth and death of every person within this jurisdiction;" and similar statutes have been ever since in force in Massachusetts.
Page xlvi - Some of our ancient towns have lost all their records by fire. And the same is true of many parishes. Indeed, the loss from this cause alone, of town, church and county records, is in the aggregate little short of appalling. Under these circumstances, it is almost criminal negligence to allow any book of record to exist only in a single copy.
Page 373 - Mendon, Milford, Millbury, New Braintree, Northborough, Northbridge, North Brookfield, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, Westborough, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westminster and Winchendon.

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