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Dana, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
To the end of 1849.

Transcribed from the microfilmed pages of the original books.

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1. When places other than Dana or Massachusetts are named in the original records they are given in the printed text. 
2. In all items from the records the original spelling of the name is given, and any additions made to the spelling of the record are enclosed in brackets.
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. The birth of a married woman is recorded under her maiden name, when it is known, but if the maiden name is unknown the entry appears under the husband's name with a dash enclosed in brackets, i. e., [ ], to signify that the maiden name is not known. 
5. The town has no record of births and deaths prior to 1843. Dates of births and deaths previous to that time are taken from the gravestones in the town and are the actual dates as given on the stones. It is not to be inferred that the persons whose births are thus given were all born in this town, as in a great many cases they were not. In taking records from gravestones it is often the case that the family name of a woman as given on the stone is not that under which she was born, therefore many births may appear under a married name instead of the original, which is not shown on the stone. In some cases names are evidently those of wives, though not so specified. 
6. Marriages and intentions are printed under the names of both parties. When both the marriage and intention are recorded, only the marriage record is printed, and the date of the intention is not given, except when needed to make more clear the date of the marriage. When the marriage appears without the intention recorded it is designated with an asterisk. 
7. Additional information which does not appear in the original town record, i. e., any difference shown in other records of the same person, is enclosed in parentheses, with the source of the information indicated.

Number of births printed 334 
Number of marriages printed . . 712 x 2=1,424 names 
Number of deaths printed 302


February 18, 1801, town formed from parts of Greenwich, Hardwick, and Petersham.  February 12, 1803, bounds between Dana and Petersham established.  June 19, 1811, bounds between Dana and Greenwich established.  February 4, 1842, parts of Hardwick and  Petersham annexed.  April 10, 1882, bounds between Dana and Petersham established.  May 4, 1911, bounds between Dana and Greenwich established.

Population in 1925 = 657.


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