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From: "Lainee Denton" <>
Subject: [NAUMAN] From List Admin ***Reasearching in Massachussetts? PLEASE READ
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 07:37:39 -0500

This is for any of you researching in Massachusetts or if you KNOW anyone
that is researching in Massachusetts.


The following article is from Eastmans Online Genealogy Newsletter and is
copyright 2003 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the
permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

Massachusetts Doubles Vital Records Fees

The Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics is doubling its
fees on April 1, 2003. Individuals performing their own research at the
Registry will now be subject to a fee of $6 per hour, double that of the
previous fee of $3 an hour. The cost of a birth, marriage, or death
certificate ordered in person has also doubled: $12 per certificate instead
of $6. The cost of a birth, marriage, or death certificate ordered by mail
will now be $22 per certificate -- again, a doubling of fees.

The Registry's records include birth, marriage, and death records that
occurred in Massachusetts from 1911 to the present day. Records for events
that occurred from 18411910 are available at the Massachusetts State
Archives, which has a separate fee structure.

The new fees of the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
may be seen at:

In a related development, the Massachusetts Genealogical Council requests
the support of all Massachusetts records researchers: the Massachusetts
Legislature Joint Committee On Government Regulations has scheduled public
hearings concerning proposed Vital Records bills for Thursday, April 3, 2003
at 9:30 A.M. in Room A-1 WHERE???. Call (617) 722-2120 for hearing schedule
confirmation and directions. Several proposed bills would close
Massachusetts vital records. For more information, please visit or call (781) 209-8861 or
email .

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