VITAL RECORDS of CAMBRIDGE Massachusetts, to the Year 1850.
Compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin
[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
The following records of Births, Marriages and Deaths, include all entries found in the books of record of the Town of Dorchester from 1826 to 1849, inclusive, and all records previous to 1826 not found in Volume 21 of the Record Commissioners' Reports.
Surnames are classified under the most common spelling, the other combinations following, but in the marriages the spelling as given may be found by looking up the other name.
In the records of births in several cases probable duplicates are found, the date differing a year. In such cases both entries are given, the latest entry marked "prob. dup."
An asterisk before a marriage indicates that the spelling compares exactly with the intention. Where a difference in spelling is noted; where no asterisk appears, or difference in spelling is noted, no intention was found.
Instead of printing the name of the minister after each marriage a number is substituted, which will be found against the name in the list of ministers. In many cases the name of the minister is not given, especially on returns from other towns.
In the records of deaths at the beginning of 1841 the following note appears: "Buried the day set down to each person," but in some cases two dates are given, presumably date of death and burial, and in such cases both dates are given. In 1844 the word "died" appears before the date, which would indicate that the date of death was recorded.
Following the regular lists of deaths, a supplement has been added which includes all deaths printed in the Annual Report of the Cemetery Department, 1904-05, copied from gravestones and tombs of the North District Burial Ground and which do not appear in our records.
int.--publishment of intention of marriage
m.--male, married, month