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

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The book is 156 pages, not indexed, names listed alphabetically, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for  $24.98 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

The town of Otis, Berkshire County, was established February 27, 1773, as "Loudon" from a tract of common land called "Tyringham Equivalent."

June 19, 1809, Loudon and the District of Bethlehem were united as the town of Loudon.  (June 24, 1789, the District of Bethlehem had been established from the North Eleven Thousand Acres.)
March 1, 1810, the Act of June 19, 1809, went into effect, and a part of Loudon (Bethlehem District) was annexed to Becket.
June 13, 1810, the name of Loudon was changed to Otis.
April 9, 1838, a part of the common lands called East Eleven Thousand Acres was annexed to Otis.

Population by Census:
1776 (Prov.),   200
                                          1790 (U.S.),     605
1800 (U.S.),   1102                                          1810 (U.S.),   1111
1820 (U.S.),     981                                          1830 (U.S.),   1012
1840 (U.S.),   1177                                          1850 (U.S.),   1224
1855 (State), 1018                                           1860 (U.S.),    998
1865 (State),   956                                           1870 (U.S.),    960
1875 (State),   855                                           1880 (U.S.),    785
1885 (State),   703                                           1890 (U.S.),    583
1895 (State),   518                                           1900 (U.S.),    476
1905 (State),   534                                           1910 (U.S.),    494
1915 (State),   442                                           1920 (U.S.),    361
1925 (State),   395                                           1930 (U.S.),    367
1935 (State),   415                                           1940 (U.S.),    364.


1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Otis does not prove that it occurred there, unless it is so stated in the record.  When places other than Otis and Massachusetts are named in the original records they are given as they appear there; but when Otis is named, the initial letter only is used, except in unusual phrases.
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. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.    

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