1. When places other than Newton 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, and where a marriage appears without the intention, 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 only when they occur in the original text, or to separate clauses found there such as the birth-place of parents, in late marriage records.
6. In 1853 the town appointed a committee to collect vital records, which were added to a copy of the existing records. Entries in this copy, not found in the original records, are designated with a dagger.

a age m married; month
abt about min minutes
b born MR Middlesex Couty record (East Cambridge)
bp baptized prob probably
ch child rec recorded
chn children s son
Co county Sr senior
d daughter; day; died w wife; week
Dea deacon wid widow
dup duplicate entry widr widower
h husband y year
hrs hours 1st first
inf infant 2d second
int intention of marriage 3d third
Jr junior

CR1 First Congregational, Newton
CR2 Second Congregational, West Newton
CR3 Eliot Congregational, Newton
CR4 First Baptist, Newton Centre
CR5 St. Mary's Episcopal, Newton Lower Falls
CR6 First Methodist, Newton Upper Falls

GR1 Centre Street Cemetery, Newton
GR2 River Street Cemetery, West Newton
GR3 Winchester Street Cemetery, Newton Highlands
GR4 St. Mary's Churchyard, Newton Lower Falls

(Bibles, Family Records, Etc.)
PR1 From Hyde Diary, 1706-1816, kept by Lieut. William Hyde, Lieut. Noah Hyde, and Miss Ruth Hyde, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
PR2 From an account book kept by Col. Benjamin Hammond, 1767-1808, now in the possession of Frederick Stam Hammond, Oneida, New York

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