Bridgewater, MA Vital Records to 1850
Published by:
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Boston, MA 1916
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown

Surnames Starting with

Explanations and Abbreviations

1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Bridgewater does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than Birdgewater and Massachusetts are name 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 spelling 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, ? 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 entires of the record, is bracketed. Parenthesis 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.

8. In addition to this book the vital records of Brockton, West Bridgewater, and East Bridgewater should be examined.
NOTE: (by me)....this was published in Boston in 1916.

a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
ch. - child
chn. - children
C.R.1.- church record, Unitarian Church
C.R.2.- church record, Trinity Church
C.R.3.- church record, Central Square Congregational Church
C.R.4.- church record, Scotland Trinitarian Congragational Church
C.R.5.- church record, Church of the New Jerusalem
Co. - county
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - deacon
dec'd - deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
Eld. - Elder
enl. - enlisted
Ens. - Ensign
G.R.I.- gravestone record, Mount Prospect Cemetery
G.R.2.- gravestone record, Pratt-town Cemetery
G.R.3.- gravestone record, Cherry Street or Harlow Cemetery
G.R.4.- gravestone record, Conant Street Cemetery
G.R.5.- gravestone record, Hillside Cemetery
G.R.6.- gravestone record, Scotland Graveyard
G.R.7.- gravestone record, Old Graveyard
G.R.8.- gravestone record, Alden or Vernon Street Graveyard (Titicut)
G.R.9.- gravestone record, Keith or South Street Graveyard (Titicut)
G.R.10- gravestone record, Trinity Church Graveyard
G.R.11- gravestone record, Japan Graveyard
G.R.12- gravestone record, Great Woods Graveyard
G.R.13- gravestone record, Small Pox Graveyards
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
Lt. - Lieutenant
m. - married, month
min. - minutes
P.C.R.- Plymouth County Records
q.v. - which see; whom see
R.R. - Rebellion Record
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
T.C. - town copy
w. - week; wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year

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