The Town of Truro, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, lies between Provincetown, in whose harbor "The Mayflower Compact" was signed, and the present town of Wellfleet, which was a part of the town of Eastham until 1763.
Truro was incorporated 27 July, 1709 (New Style), and in 1714 the bounds between that town and Provincetown were established. In 1813, in 1829 and again in 1836 parts of Truro were annexed to Provincetown.

The population of Truro at different periods was as follows:

1765 924   1830 1,549   1890 919
1776 1,227   1840 1,920   1900 767
1790 1,193   1850 2,051   1910 655
1800 1,152   1860 1,583   1920 554
1810 1,209   1870 1,269   1930 513
1820 1,241   1880 1,017  

The Vital Records of the Town of Truro, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849, are found in seven different volumes of the original town records. The "Register" is the large folio for recording births, marriages and deaths which was issued to all cities and towns by the state, in 1844.

The following pages contain a literal copy of every record of a Birth, Intention (or Publishment) of Marriage, Marriage and Death, to the end of the year 1849, found in these volumes.

In the "Register" each entry extends across two pages facing each other, therefore the first part of each of these entries has been printed on the left-hand, or even numbered page, with the remainder of the entry on the opposite page, the consecutive numbering of the entries being duplicated on the right-hand page to facilitate the connection of the two parts.

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 John R. or John Russel.

The alphabetic and chronologic sort orders and many planned improvements require that towns be transcribed. If you can spare two, or more, hours per week to help with the transcribing, write me.

With the exception of the few people helping with transcribing and indexing, I am the only person working on this project. I do all of the technical work. I correct errors. I put transcriptions into final format. I design the pages. This takes a tremendous amount of time and money. If you find this site useful, please donate what you think it is worth to you by going to the donations page.