1. When places other than Wayland and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
2. In all records the original spelling is followed.
3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual might be found under different spellings.
4. Marriages and intentions of marriages are printed under the name of both parties, but the full information concerning each party is given only in the entry under his or her name. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed, it is designated with an asterisk.
5. Additional information which does not appear in the original text of an item, i.e., any explanation, query, inference, or difference shown in other entries of the record, is bracketed. Parentheses are used to indicate the maiden name of a wife, to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to separate clauses in the original text, such as the birth-place of a parent, in late records.

a age int intention of marriage
abt about jr junior
b born m married; month
ch child min minutes
chn children MR Middlesex County Record
Co county rec recorded
d daughter s son
Dea deacon sr senior
dup duplicate w wife; week
h husband wid widow
hrs hours widr widower
inf infant y year

CR1 First Unitarian
CR2 Evangelical Trinitarian

GR1 North Cemetery
GR2 Center Cemetery
GR3 Lakeview Cemetery
GR4 Draper private lot, Tower Hill

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