1639The General Court enacted a law that required records be kept of all wills, administrations, and inventories, and all marriages, births, and deaths.Government and Public Service, State Government

Massachusetts Colony; Nathanial Bradstreet Shurtleff ed.; Massachusetts General Court. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. Printed by Order of the Legislature. W. White, 1853, https://archive.org/details/recordsofgoverno01mass/page/n5/mode/2up?view=theater.
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