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Chilmark, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
to 1850

Transcribed from the microfilmed pages of the original books.

Order item B440
The book is 71 pages, NOT indexed, names listed alphabetically, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $11.98 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

All of the records found in the original town record books have been included in this book.


1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Chilmark does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than Chilmark and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.

2. In all items from town records the original spelling is followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records.

3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual may be found under different spellings.

4. A baptism is not printed, if it occurs within one year after the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and parents or if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with the child of the birth record; but variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record.

5. The birth of a married woman is recorded under her maiden name, if it is known. But if the maiden name cannot be determined, the entry appears under the husband's name, with a dash enclosed in brackets, i.e., [______], to signify that the maiden name is unknown. If it is not known whether the surname is that of a married or unmarried woman, ? m. is placed in brackets after the Christian name.

6. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed; and where a marriage appears without the intention being recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.

7. Additional information which does not appear in the original text of an item, i.e., any explanation, query, inference, or difference shown in other entries of the record, is bracketed. Parentheses are used to show variations in the spelling of a name in the same entry, to indicate the maiden name of a wife, to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to separate clauses in the original text.


The town of Chilmark, County of Dukes County, was established September 14, 1694, from common land.

October 30, 1714, "the Mannour of Tisbury, commonly called Chilmark," to have all the powers of a town.

Chilmark is a town located on Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, USA. The population was 843 at the 2000 census. The fishing village of Menemsha is located on the northern end of town along its border with the neighboring town of Aquinnah. In 2004 it was reported to have the highest average property value of any city or town in Massachusetts.

Chilmark was first settled in 1671 and was officially incorporated in 1714. The town was once known for its unusually high percentage of deaf citizens. In 1854, Chilmark had a deaf population of one in every 25 people, while the national average was one deaf person in 5728.

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