Genealogical Research

Researching your family tree or other history can be fulfilling and often necessary when trying to obtain a copy of a certificate. Below are some resources to help you begin your search.

If you are searching for Boston records, please use the request forms for Birth, Marriage, or Death and include any additional information that will help us match you to the records you are looking for. Please include the following information (if possible):

  • Maiden names, alternative spellings or others names that may have been listed;
  • Date or approximate date of record;
  • Age(s) of the parties;
  • What Boston neighborhoods they may have lived in.

Research Tips


  1. There are some restrictions on accessing records that are less than 90 years old. 
  2. Older records take longer to process, however, we try to pursue all options based on information you have provided. 
  3. If you are basing your information on census data, expand your search a year on either side.

Boston Area Local History and Genealogy

Please check each agency's website for their hours.

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Massachusetts Archives
Massachusetts Vital Records
Boston Public Library
Early Vital Records of Massachusetts
Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
National Archives and Records Administration, Northeast Region
New England Historic Genealogical Society
UMASS Amherst Libraries - Genealogy
Boston City Directories
American French Genealogical Society
Archdiocese of Boston, Pastoral Center
Association of Professional Genealogists
Italian Genealogical Society of America, Inc.
Essex Society of Genealogists, Inc.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston
Massachusetts Society of Genealogists
TIARA, The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Inc.

Office Information

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday9AM - 4PM
    Tuesday9AM - 4PM
    Wednesday CLOSED
    Thursday9AM - 4PM
    Friday9AM - 4PM

  • Holidays

    We are closed on 11 City-recognized holidays.

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  • Address

    Registry Division
    1 City Hall Square, Rm 213
    Boston, MA 02201-2006

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