Statewide recording of vital records is as follows.
The Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics has:
- Birth records since 1 January 1896
- Marriage records since 1 January 1896
- Divorce index since 1952
- Death records since 1 January 1896
See more detailed information, including what is available at the county or city levels: Ancestry.com Wiki - Massachusetts Vital Records
Based on Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
WorldVitalRecords.com - Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800
Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800. Frederic W. Bailey. (1897-1914). This is the most complete collection of early Massachusetts marriages ever published, containing over 20,000 entries for the period 1643-1800. The marriages derive from records kept by the various county, city, and court clerks in compliance with Massachusetts law, and give the full name of the bride and groom and date and place of marriage. The book is divided into four sections covering: Worcester County; Plymouth County; Middlesex, Hampshire, Berkshire, and Bristol counties; and Plymouth County again, as transcribed from the first volume of the records of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas and an unnumbered volume of the records of the Court of General Sessions. This last section contains over 1,000 additional entries. Each section of the book is separately paginated and indexed, except for the last, which is arranged in chronological order.
WorldVitalRecords.com - Second Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700
Second Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Melinde Lutz Sanborn. (1995). While this second supplement draws extensively on periodical literature (from 1991 to January 1995), it has a much heavier emphasis on the unpublished work of some of the leading New England genealogists, studies of English marriages of colonial immigrants, and studies of immigrant clusters, most notably the Great Migration Study Project and the Mayflower Families Through Five Generations project. As was the case with the first supplement, this work contains corrections, new discoveries, significant new biographical detail, or deletions from the original Torrey canon. It is a substantially bigger book than the first supplement (50 percent longer) and has an index of more than 1,500 entries. Absolutely indispensable for New England research!