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

Order item B518


    The book's full text of 208 pages has been converted to PDF images which are not searchable.  However, the text is large and names are easily located. Priced at $14.95 plus $3.99 shipping & handling charge. 

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     The records of births listed in this book include all entries to be found in the books of record kept by the town clerks; in the church records; in the cemetery inscriptions; and in private records found in family Bibles, histories, etc. These records are printed in a condensed form in which every essential particular has been preserved. All duplication of the town clerk's record has been eliminated, but differences in entry and other explanatory matter appear in brackets. Parentheses are used when they occur in the original record; also to show the difference in the spelling of a name in the same entry and to indicate the maiden name of a wife.

     When places other than Shirley and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties. Double dating is used in the months of January, February and March, prior to 1752, whenever it appears in the original and also whenever from the sequence of entry in the original the date may be easily determined. In all records the original spelling of names is followed and in the alphabetical arrangement the various forms should be examined, as items about the same family may be found under different spellings. All church records have been included.


The Town of Shirley, Middlesex County, was established as a district on January 5, 1753, from a part of Groton.
January 25, 1765, certain land known as Stow Leg was annexed to the district of Shirley.
August 23, 1775, the district was made a town by general act.
February 6, 1798, a part of Groton was annexed to Shirley.
March 3, 1846, and April 25, 1848, the bounds between Shirley and Lunenburg (in Worcester County) were established.
February 14, 1871, a part of Shirley was included in the new town of Ayer.

The population grew in numbers from 1765, when there were 430 residents, to a high in 1915 of 2,251 residents.  

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