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Marriage records or marriage licenses are the legal record of a wedding and its subsequent union. A marriage record contain the original unmarried names of both parties, their place of residence, the date, and also the county and state the marriage occurred in. This is why often marriage records are vital to almost all researchers as they not only provide information but also help unlock the path to other searches with information that is crucial and not easily obtainable Most notably, the brides maiden name. In Massachusetts, public records from the modern era (since 1916) can be found at the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. If you need to find out more about your family history or genealogy, marriage records are sometimes the most easily accessible and most reliable way to trace your ancestry through multiple generations. For quick, often free marriage records you can search online will reveal many records of possible value to your quest. Using the maiden name and possible background information about the bride's family is often essential to expanding your family tree.

 
State of Massachusetts Resources & Statistics
Separator Line

Population:
6,967,497

 
Under 18:
1,856,432

 
Over 65:
858,939

 
Employed:
4,027,216

 
Land in Square Miles:
7,840.02

 
Acres of Farms:
518,570

 
Births:
76,865

 
Deaths:
53,874

 
Infant Deaths:
391

 
 
Murder:
167

 
Forcible Rape:
1,736

 
Robbery:
7,069

 
Assault:
20,202

 
Total Violent Crime:
29,174

 
Burglary:
36,094

 
Larceny \ Theft:
107,128

 
Motor Vehicle Theft:
12,737

 
Total Property Crime:
155,959