Birth Records (Lawrence, MA)

cantoneiThe Library and its dedicated volunteers have indexed the 8,000 or so Proof of birth records. These documents include passports, baptismal records, birth certificates, and other forms of identification that were taken from parents to prove the ages of their children. In a few exceptions parents did ask for this material back, but fortunately, most of this documentation is now here in the Library. These documents would allow young people over the age of 14 to no longer attend school and join the work force.  By 1921 Children between the ages of 14 and 16 could only work with supervision by the Lawrence Public Schools.

The index is now available.  The list on this post includes only the names and birth dates, when available.  It is a wonderful collection and the Library very much wants to share its rich detail with the public.  Should you find a name of a relative please contact me.  As a hint of what is in the collection I have displayed some images.  About .02% of the documents contain photos of the children, sometimes with their families, who came to Lawrence from about 1910 to 1930.  These images have been scanned and will be available soon.


2 Responses

  1. […] Birth Records (Lawrence, MA) […]

  2. Thank you for working to make these available. Such an important part of history.

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