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Petersham, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
to the end of 1849

Transcribed from the microfilmed pages of the original books.

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The book is 160 pages, NOT indexed, names listed alphabetically, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $25.98 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge 
(Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

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Available on CD-ROM disk. File saved in Portable Document Format (PDF) which can be read by the Adobe Acrobat Reader program.  This program is free and is included on the disk. You may then search the file for names, dates, and places using the Reader program's "FIND" function. 
Cost is $14.95 plus $3.99 shipping and handling. (add $1.00 S&H for each additional disk ordered).


     The list of Petersham Births, Marriages and Deaths comprised in this volume includes all found in the Town Books covering the period from the earliest date there recorded to the end of the year 1849. Some additions and corrections have been made from other sources, these being indicated in each instance by proper reference.

     All of the records are condensed in print as much as is consistent with intelligibility, accuracy, and completeness of information. Differences in duplicates, and explanatory or other matter which seemed necessary or desirable, appear in brackets. Marriages and intention of marriage are printed under the names of both parties, but the full information concerning each person is given only under his or her name. An asterisk after a marriage indicates that the intention was not found recorded, and in many cases this is accounted for by the fact that neither party belonged in Petersham, and consequently publishment was made elsewhere.

     The double date is used in the months of January, February and March prior to 1752 only when it so appears in the original, and instances of the modern form after 1725 are not uncommon.

     When places other than Petersham and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.


This township was an original grant made by the General Court in 1732, as a compensation to certain soldiers in the Indian Wars. The place was called Nichewaug until the town was incorporated in 1754. In 1801 the town of Dana was formed of parts of Greenwich, Hardwick and Petersham, and in 1842 another portion of Petersham was annexed to Dana.

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