Unlocking Your Ancestry: Massachusetts Vital Records for Genealogical Research
What Family Information Will I Find in Birth, Marriage, and Death Records?
"The amount and quality of family genealogical information in a Massachusetts vital record varies based on the type of record you're examining and the time of its original recording."
In general, the older the record, especially older vital record registers from the earlier part of the 20th century - and especially the mid to late 19th century records - though certainly valuable - contain less genealogical information than later records.
Accuracy of the information can also be a factor.
Information in a death certificate about a person's birth eighty years before is sometimes not as accurate as in that person's marriage record or original birth certificate. The further one "gets away" from the actual event, the more distinct the possibility the genealogical data is not accurate.
The specific information in more contemporary vital records, i.e., post-1925, will usually include most, but, depending on the period, not all, of the following information: