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

Transcribed from the microfilmed pages of the original books.

Order item B612
The book is 473 pages, NOT indexed, names listed alphabetically, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $21.95 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

    The Adobe Acrobat Reader software program is required in order to view this book.  You can also print paper copies of the books. The software program and installation instructions are included on the disk.  The book is easily searchable using the Reader program's "FIND" function.

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 Chelmsford does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than Chelmsford 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.


On May 18, 1653, the General Court granted the petition of several of the inhabitants of "Concord & Woobourne for the erecting of a new plantacon on Merremacke River , neere to Pawtuckett," and May 29, 1655, the Court granted the name thereof to be called Chelmsford . 
May 14, 1656, land granted to Chelmsford . 
May 31, 1660, bounds between Chelmsford and the Indian plantation at Patucket established. 
June 17, 1701, bounds between Chelmsford and Billerica established. 
Nov. 23, 1725, part of Chelmsford annexed to Littleton . 
June 13, 1726, "Wameset" annexed. 
Sept. 23, 1729, part of Chelmsford established as Westford. 
Apr. 24, 1755, part of Chelmsford annexed to Dunstable. 
Apr. 28, 1780, part of Chelmsford included in the second district of Carlisle. 
Mar. 1, 1783, part of the second district of Carlisle annexed. Mar. 1, 1826, part of Chelmsford established as Lowell.

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