Vital Records

Certified copies of a birth, marriage, or death certificate, with the raised seal of the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, are issued by the Town Clerk’s office:
  • Birth certificates of anyone whose parents lived in Manchester at the time of their birth are available at the Manchester Town Clerk’s office as well as at the clerk’s office of the town or city hall where the birth occurred.
  • Marriage licenses are issued by the clerk in the town where the couple appeared to apply for the license, not in the town where the marriage took place.
  • Death certificates are issued by the clerk in the town where the deceased last resided as well as in the town where the death occurred.
Vital records can be ordered online.  

To obtain a copy of a vital record by mail, send:
  • a written request to the Town Clerk's office, including your name, address and contact information along with the name and date of the vital record requested;
  • a check for $10 made payable to the Town of Manchester ($10 per certified copy); and
  • a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.
Copies of vital records may also be obtained in person at the Town Clerk’s office (Town Hall, Room 4) during regular business hours.

If you are interested in researching older vital records, there are good records from 1844 forward at the Town Clerk’s office. Some records prior to that time are also available. The Manchester Historical Museum also maintains a good index of older vital records. Call 978-526-7230 for an appointment or fax your request to 978-526-0060.