Bills of Mortality, 1810-1849, City of Boston: With an Essay on the Vital Statistics of Boston, From 1810 to 1841 (Classic Reprint) by Lemuel ShattuckBills of Mortality, 1810-1849, City of Boston: With an Essay on the Vital Statistics of Boston, From 1810 to 1841 (Classic Reprint) by Lemuel Shattuck

Bills of Mortality, 1810-1849, City of Boston: With an Essay on the Vital Statistics of Boston…

byLemuel Shattuck

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Excerpt from Bills of Mortality, 1810-1849, City of Boston: With an Essay on the Vital Statistics of Boston, From 1810 to 1841

No comments have been made by me on these Bills of Mortality. Fortunately a very full discussion of the subject was made in 1841 by Lemuel Shattuck, a gentleman of conspicuous ability, whose Report to the City Council on the Census of Boston,' in 1845, placed him at the head of our local statisticians.

As his pamphlet on the Bills of Mortality, covering the period from 1811 to is seldom obtainable, it has seemed that its reproduction would greatly increase the value of the present volume.

Of course in a literal reprint of Mr. Shattuck's work, there was no room for corrections. But it may be proper to state that since he wrote, in 1841, his comments on the condition of our records, much labor has been expended on the old books. Mr. Apollonio, for so many years City Registrar, caused indexes to be prepared of all the records in his charge. He also did much towards the preservation and arrangement of the Old papers which remained in the office. The present Registrar has been directed to prepare con solidated and classified indexes of Boston Births, Marriages and Deaths, and the work is half completed.

Moreover the Record Commissioners, since 1875, have collected transcripts of the records of all the Protestant churches in Boston, established before 1800, and these volumes are now in the Regis trar'e office. It will be seen that the City of Boston has been ready to avail of all sources to fill up the deplorable gaps in its records of vital statistics. Much remains to be done, and it is hoped that some law will be enacted, authorizing the copying of family records of undoubted authenticity. It seems reasonable to think that the census, taken every five years alternately by the national and state governments, might be utilized so as to allow an official record to be made of all families residing in the city, at least in respect to the births of all persons living here.

I feel it my duty to repeat on every occasion that the births in Boston between 1744 and 1849 are practically lacking. If the persons now living, who were born here prior to 1849, will have the kindness to bring in the evidences before it is too late, they will? Confer a favor on this Office.

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Title:Bills of Mortality, 1810-1849, City of Boston: With an Essay on the Vital Statistics of Boston…Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.29 inPublished:August 7, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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