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Stoneham, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
1725 to 1850

Transcribed from the microfilmed pages of the original books.

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The book is 130 pages, NOT indexed, names listed alphabetically, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $21.98 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

The records of births, marriages and deaths 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 many private records found in family Bibles, etc. These records are printed in a condensed form in which every essential particular has been preserved. All duplication of the town clerks' 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 indicate the maiden name of a married woman.     


1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Stoneham does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than Stoneham 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.


The northerly part of Charlestown, including all the lands lying on the east side of Woburn, the south side of Reading, the west side of Malden, and the north side of the fifth range of the first division of Charlestown woodlots were set off Dec. 17, 1725, and constituted a separate township, by the name of Stoneham.

Dec. 21, 1734, parts of Malden and of Reading annexed to Stoneham.
April 5, 1751, bounds between Stoneham and Reading were established.
March 15, 1853, part of Stoneham was annexed to Melrose.

Population at various times:
1765, 340 1776, 319
1790, 381 1800, 380
1820, 615 1840, 1,017 
1850, 2,085 1890, 6,155
1900, 6,197 1915, 7,489

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