Lineage Society

How do I locate birth, death, and marriage records from Massachusetts for a lineage society application?

The Massachusetts State Archives has made the process of ordering vital records really easy. They have an excellent resource guide here.

If a vital record exists, it’s generally best to locate and order or otherwise obtain it. Be aware: you do not need a certified copy of a record unless you cannot locate a copy without certification. Be sure to start with the digital copy option. They are accepted by societies and easy to access, saving you time.