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

Order item B493


    The book's full text of 256 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. (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional item ordered.)

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      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. 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 wife.

      When places other than Westminster 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. 


     This settlement was established as a district October 20, 1759, from the plantation known as "Narragansett Number Two."  It became a town, April 26, 1770.  A part was included in the new town of Gardner June 27, 1785, and parts of Fitchburg were annexed February 27, 1796, and February 16, 1813.  A part was annexed to Ashburnham January 28, 1824.  A part of the common lands called No Town was annexed April 10, 1838.

     The town grew from a population of 468 in 1765 to 1,348 in 1905.

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