The Town of Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, was established March 6, 1762, and was originally known as Township Number Three, having been granted to a company who petitioned for the same in 1735, but no family moved into the town until 1750. On Feb. 10, 1819 the District of Southfield and the Town of Sandisfield united as the Township of Sandisfield. On April 9, 1838 part of the common lands called the East Eleven Thousand Acres was annexed. On May 4, 1853 bounds between Sandisfield and Tolland were established. On April 24, 1875 part of the town was annexed to Monterey. On May 19, 1875, Act of April 24, 1875, this was accepted by Monterey. On June 1, 1875 the Act of April 24, 1875 took effect.

The Town contains 52.5 square miles or 33,600 acres.

The population by census has been:

1776 1,044   1830 1,655   1890 807
1790 1,581   1840 1,464   1900 661
1800 1,637   1850 1,649   1910 566
1810 1,648   1860 1,585   1920 460
1820 1,646   1870 1,482   1930 412
      1880 1,107      

The records in this book are transferred from the original town records, and include the District of Southfield, now part of Sandisfield. These records were copied from the Town Books and verified by the Reverend Elisha L. Sawyer, former town clerk of Sandisfield, and again verified with the originals by the present compiler, Captain Elizur Yale Smith.

Several years ago it was the intention of Dwight Smith, D.D.S., of Porchester, NY, and a loyal native son of Sandisfield, to publish these records, but, before the work could be completed Dr. Smith died. The present compiler knew of the existence of them and after a long search located them in the possession of James Uriel Smith, Esq., of Berkeley, CA. It is due to the kindness of Mr. Smith, his brother, Dwight Timothy Smith, Esq., and his sister, Miss Margie Sophronia Smith, that it is possible to her publish them.

The same orthography is followed as on the original books, but in some few cases, the present compiler has added, under births, in parentheses, the maiden name of the wife, as for instance: "Smith, Stephen and Polly (Mary Canfield)." This was done in cases where it was positively known to the compiler, from existing records.

It is the intention of the compiler to follow this volume with another: "Gravestone Inscriptions of Sandisfield," and then: "Church Records of Sandisfield."

Not online. Write to request As an addenda, at the end of this volume, is a key to the Sandisfield men who served in the Revolution. This key refers to the 17 volumes of Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolution. For instance see Vol. II, page 298 and on this page in the aforementioned books are listed: "Frederick Bosworth, Jabez Bosworth, John Bosworth et al."

This book is dedicated to Dwight Smith, D.D.S., born in Sandisfield, 1838; died in Portchester, NY, 1926.

Elizur Yale Smith,Editor and Compiler

Kinderhook, NYMay 7, 1935.

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 followed 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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