In 1640, the Puritans settled in Malden on land purchased in 1629 from the Native American Pennacook Tribe. Located north of the Mystic River, the area was originally known as "Mistick Side" and was part of Charlestown. Malden was incorporated as a separate town on May 2,1649. The name "Malden" was chosen by Joseph Hills, an early settler and landholder, who emigrated from Maldon, England. Malden was incorporated as a city on March 31, 1882 and originally included what are now the adjacent cities of Melrose (until 1850) and Everett (until 1870).
During the American Revolution, the citizenry of Malden were heavily involved in the early resistance of the oppression of Britain and was the first town to petition the colonial government to withdraw from the British Empire.
Located in Middlesex County, Malden is five miles northwest of Boston with a population of approximately 60,000 residents. It is bordered by Melrose on the north, Stoneham on the northwest, Medford on the west, Everett on the south, Revere on the east and Saugus on the northeast. Waitts Mount is the highest point in the city. Malden consists of 5 square miles and is convenient to Bostonís Logan Airport and Routes 1, 16, 93, 99 and 128.

The population of Malden at various times:

1790 1,033 1840 2,514 1890 23,031
1800 1,059 1850 3,520 1900 33,664
1810 1,384 1860 5,865 1910 44,404
1820 1,731 1870 7,367 1920 49,103
1830 2,010 1880 12,017

The town of Malden has a rather long preface. Please read the Preface before going on. It will help you understand more.

The Malden VRs were published in 4 sections, Births, Intentions, Marriages and Deaths. In the online records, the intentions have been merged with the marriages. In all cases, where there a marriage has a corresponding intention, the date of the intention is put after the marriage and it is preceded by which is a link to the image of the page on which the intention will be found.

The majority of entries in the printed books have a number to the left of the entry. This corresponds to the pages listed in the Table of Contents below. They are omitted from the online version. You will also, occasionally, find a number inside brackets with some information. This indicates that the information came from that original page. The number does not correspond with any page in the published version.

Contents of 5 original volumes
Vol. 1 1 - 20
30 - 76
77 - 178
177 -202
Marriages. First entry, Aug. 16, 1677
Marriage Intentions and Marriages
Births. First entry, Mar. 26, 1693
Deaths. First entry, 1693
Vol. 2 203 - 248
245 - 310
312 - 347
347 - 403
Marriage Intentions
Vol. 3 404
405 - 453
455 - 475
476 - 549
Marriage Intentions and Marriages
Vol. 4 550 - 559
560 - 561
562 - 647
648 - 651
652 - 653
654 - 658
Marriage Intentions to Dec. 31, 1868
Vol. 5 659 - 716
717 - 729
730 - 757
Births to Dec. 31, 1861
Marriages to Dec. 31, 1853
Deaths to Dec. 31, 1860

A general guide to how to use these pages.

If you are new to this site, or haven't used the site a lot, please be sure to read the rest of this page. Even if you have used this site a lot, a refresher may be helpful due to the changes that have been introduced.

You can research the records alphabetically or chronologically within surname. Images of the pages from which the transcriptions were done, and the title pages, are available for most towns. A list of abbreviations used is available.

Alphabetic - This is the most common way that the published vital records were presented. All of the same given names were arranged chronologically with names that had middle initials or middle names following the others. Nicknames would appear alphabeticall according to the spelling, i.e. Nabby, the nickname for Abigail, would be with the names beginning with the letter "N."

In this version, the names are sorted based on the most common spelling. Abbie, Abby, Abigail, Knabby, Nabby, etc., will all appear together and will be chronological. Middle initials and middle names have no influence on the order.

Note: There are going to be errors in the indexing of the names. A woman named Abiel may have been recorded as Abby. The indexing will have her with the Abigails. Please notify me with the Contact page about errors and they will be fixed within a couple days.

Chronologic - The chronologic sort will be most helpful with surnames having lots of entries, especially births. Records that had a missing date, or part, have had the missing portions replaced with zeros and will appear ahead of the others.

Page images - The icon at the left of each record is a link to the image of the page from which the transcription was done. The transcriptions are a tool. The image is the source. It is your responsibility to copy the image for your documentation. Also, the title page should be copied. There is a link to the title page in the navigation bar on transcription pages and image display pages.

Abbreviations - Each town had its own abbreviations used in the published records. Most of these are the same. The abbreviations for the headstones (GR), private records (PR), churches (CR), etc. are all different. There is a link to a list of all abbreviations used for the town in the navigation bar of the transcription pages.

Errors - There are two types of errors.

  • Errors in the published records - It is known that errors are in the published records. Not many, to be sure, but they are there. Where I have found them, or have been informed and provided sufficient documentation, the records have been annotated. This appears in red at the end of the line.]
  • Transcription errors - Even with the best of proofing, errors occur. If you find one, use the Contact link at the top of the page and tell me about the error. I need to have the town name, type of record, page number, what the error is and what it should be. It facilitates matters if you copy and paste the record in error into the e-mail.

Miscellaneous - As the opportunity has provided, I have tried to research names that had only initials or an initial and a surname to find the full names. Where I've been successful I've added the name in red, i.e. J.R. appears as J[ohn] R. or J[ohn] R[ussel].

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